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HCAD Denies Discriminating Against African Americans

HCAD denies discriminating against African Americans, but offers no evidence or documentation. http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/news/hcad-rebuts-charges-of-discrimination-in-property-tax-hikes/

O’Connor & Associates has compiled data on over 11,000 Harris County home sales and matched them with the 2014 HCAD value. The data was evaluated by Zip Code. Seven of the ten most over-taxed Zip Codes are heavily African American. In addition, heavily African American Zip Codes are seven times as likely to be over-taxed as primarily Anglo Zip Codes. We will provide the underlying data to any media representative upon request.

HCAD claims to be assessing all property at 100% but our evidence shows that is not true for all areas. HCAD is being investigated by Harris County Commissioners Court for their valuations of commercial properties. Does HCAD have data to prove they are fairly assessing homes in these over-taxed areas?

Where is HCAD’s data for homes in the most over-taxed Zip-Codes?

HCAD’s gross errors in over-taxing African American and other low-income home owners is so outrageous that O’Connor & Associates is offering a free 2014 property tax protest to any home owner in the ten most over-taxed areas. We will also provide free assistance in getting the owner a homestead exemption. Home owners simply need to call 713 290 9700 or go to www.cutmytaxes.com to sign up, and use the promo code Free 2014 (or tell us when they receive the invoice). Protest deadline is Monday June 2.

Following is data for the ten most over-taxed Zip Codes in Harris County, compiled by analyzing all sales from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. The assessment ratio is the 2014 HCAD value divided by the sales price. The median for a Zip Code is the middle record:

Zip Code Median Assessment Ratio Anglo % of Population African-American and Hispanic

77028

187%

21.7%

77.1%

77032

128%

46.2%

51.2%

77033

127%

16.4%

82.6%

77051

121%

4.5%

94.6%

77029

119%

55.1%

43.5%

77026

117%

31.5%

67.5%

77093

117%

66.3%

31.9%

77021

116%

15.8%

81.3%

77016

114%

22.7%

76.3%

77061

111%

60.8%

33.9%

The following map shows the location of these Zip Codes:

For more information call Pat O’Connor at 713 822 8613 or email poconnor@poconnor.com.

Blog Author

Patrick O’Connor, MAI, Owner and President
Patrick O’Connor has been active in reducing property taxes, providing expert witness testimony and appraising commercial real estate property since 1983. Pat is active in publishing analyses and data with respect to the real estate market, while being a highly regarded media spokesperson for the real estate community. He holds a MAI, the highest achievable designation from the Appraisal Institute, and is a licensed senior property tax consultant. Pat earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. In 2001, he authored the first definitive consumer guide to Texas property taxes, Cut Your Texas Property Taxes.

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