We pose this question to our esteemed readers:

Has the Appraisal Review Board (ARB) in Harris County lost its mind?

There have been concerns for 25 years surrounding bias at the Appraisal Review Board, but they truly set a new low this week.

Why do we think that?

After a week of disaster re-appraisal hearings, ARB board members have made it clear that they’ve taken a biased approach when evaluating properties that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

In the hearings I sat in, ARB members essentially told us (property owners) not to bother presenting evidence because they’re not going to consider it. Even though the appraisal district has not done a legitimate estimate of market value as required by the tax code! They also have no evidence!

They’re just going to rubber-stamp whatever Harris County Appraisal District is requesting, file after file after file. Time after time.

What can you do?

Contact Harris County Appraisal District and let them know this is not OK!

Taxpayer Liaison Officer:  Teresa S. Terry

Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM    (713) 957-7800

Let us know your thoughts. Is this just outrageous that the Harris County Appraisal District is ignoring the law and not valuing on market value? And is it outrageous that the Appraisal Review Board is discouraging people from presenting evidence?

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