As a homeowner, the Texas constitution grants you these rights:
- You have the right to equal and uniform taxation.
- You have the right to ensure that your property is appraised uniformly with similar property in your county.
- You have the right to have your property appraised according to generally accepted appraisal techniques and other requirements of law.
- You have the right to receive exemptions or other tax relief for which you qualify and apply timely.
- You have the right to notice of property value increases, exemption changes and estimated tax amounts.
- You have the right to inspect non-confidential information used to appraise your property.
- You have the right to protest your property’s value and other appraisal matters to an appraisal review board composed of an impartial group of citizens in your community.
- You have the right to appeal the appraisal review board’s decision to district court in the county where the property is located.
- You have the right to fair treatment by the appraisal district, the appraisal review board and the tax assessor-collector.
- You have the right to voice your opinions at open public meetings about proposed tax rates and to ask questions of the governing body responsible for setting tax rates.
- You have the right to petition a local government to call an election to limit a tax increase in certain circumstances.
- You have the right to receive a free copy of the pamphlet entitled Property Taxpayer Remedies published by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
As a savvy homeowner, you should take advantage of your legal rights, and at a minimum monitor your property’s value (and its tax value).