The Chief Appraiser of the Atascosa Central Appraisal District in Texas has announced that some property owners should expect to receive a letter requesting an update on information for their 1-D-1 (Open Space) Agricultural Use Appraisal.

Updating information on Agricultural Use Appraisal

According to the Pleasanton Express, Chief Appraiser for the Atascosa Central Appraisal District Michelle Cardenas said that the property owners who will be receiving requests to reapply are those who have held their 1-D-1 (Open Space) Agricultural Use Appraisal since before 2006. The District is reportedly sending out requests for updated applications to approximately 1,710 property owners in Pleasanton.

Cardenas also said that the Atascosa Central Appraisal District is working on updating its records and needs the most current information on some properties with the Agricultural Appraisal. The updating of records was prompted by the latest Methods and Assistance Program Review conducted by the Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts Property Tax Assistance Division.

During the most recent review of the Atascosa Central Appraisal District’s records, it was found that certain properties that had been receiving the 1-D-1 (Open Space) Agricultural Use Appraisal prior to 2006 had outdated information with the District. In some cases, the application was not on file with the District at all.

To make sure that the Atascosa Central Appraisal District complies with State requirements on these forms, the District is mailing out the requests for current information as soon as possible.

In a press release, Cardenas said that the Atascosa Central Appraisal District apologizes for any inconvenience that the request may cause the District’s property owners. The Chief Appraiser also noted that Appraisal District staff are ready to assist property owners who may have questions about the reapplication process.

1-D-1 (Open-Space) Agricultural Use Appraisal

Guidelines from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts state that applications for 1-D-1 (Open-Space) Agricultural Use Appraisal are to be filed with the Chief Appraiser before May 1st. Late applications may be filed up to midnight prior to the day when the appraisal review board approves appraisals for the year. This usually takes place in July.

Once an application for agricultural appraisal is approved, a new application will only be required when eligibility ends, if there is a change in land ownership, or if there is a request for a new application from the  Chief Appraiser. Approved late applications will be charged a penalty amounting to 10 percent of the difference between the tax imposed on the property and the tax that would be imposed on the property if it were taxed at market value.

Atascosa Central Appraisal District property inspections

Atascosa Central Appraisal District handles appraisals for all real and business personal property in Atascosa County, Texas. It conducts property appraisals based on the Texas Property Tax Code as well as the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP).

The Atascosa Central Appraisal District has also announced that its Field Appraisal staff is in the process of inspecting properties for the 2019 appraisal year. The process is ongoing in the following areas: Lytle, Poteet, Charlotte, Somerset, Jourdanton, and Pleasanton.