Property Tax Appraisals Go Out, Many Residents Not Happy

This week, property owners all over Nueces County are receiving their 2013 tax appraisal notices, and many folks, once they see the numbers, are not happy.

While property values are up in some parts of town, they are down in others.

Some 170,000 appraisal notices have gone out, and if you haven't already, you should get yours by the end of May.

Ronnie Canales, the county's chief appraiser, said they make their determinations based on sales. Because of that, property values are up on Ocean Drive, but they are down on Pharaoh Valley.

While many property values have gone up, Canales said some have actually gone down.

You can appeal the appraisal, but Canales said you must come prepared.

"What you need to do is bring us some pictures," Canales said. "Something from a contractor that says you do have damage, or perhaps maybe you have some sales that you may feel justifies your value versus what we have."

Canales said ups and downs in property values run in a 3-4 year cycle, and we are just starting such a cycle; but not everyone is happy. He said the phones have been ringing, and residents are starting to come in to contest their appraisals.

Kelly Timon, a resident who saw a $47,000 jump in her appraisal, said that when she stopped by the appraisal district on Wednesday, with all her paperwork in order, they turned her down. She plans to try again.
If you plan on an inspection to prove your case, you must make an appointment by calling the appraisal office at 361-881-9978, or you can bring your paperwork to the office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. It's located at 201 North Chaparral Street, Suite 206.


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