Notices to property owners were mailed from a contractor in Fort Worth on March 30 and started arriving at mail boxes here earlier this month.
“A few, not many,” Palomo said when asked about whether he had seen a lot of complaints.
He said he was unable now to estimate what the average increase in property values would be this year. He said any property owner who had a $1,000 increase in appraised value would receive a notice. One resident reported an increase nearly tripling their values.
Once a property owner receives that notice, he or she may request a hearing before Bee County’s five-member Appraisal Review Board or meet informally with the staff at the Bee County Appraisal District offices at 401 N. Washington St.
“We usually make an attempt to talk to them and resolve the issues at an informal level,” Palomo said. If the issue cannot be resolved, property owners may take their case to the board.
Most issues are settled informally, Palomo said.
County Judge David Silva said his office had received some calls about the notices. But he reminded property owners that the appraisal district is not controlled by the county.
“My appraisal went up too,” Silva said. He added that he was not happy about it.
Although the district updates appraisals for a third of the county each year, many of the property owners received notices this year.
“Tell people to make sure they look at the notice now and not wait until the tax bills are mailed,” Palomo said. “Once the tax bills are mailed, it’s kind of too late then.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.