Most people disagree with the Property Tax Assessment on their property when they're mailed out each year. Many people don't know that there is something you can do about it.
The first step is to walk into your Appraisal Districts office and ask to speak with an appraiser. This does not usually require an appointment.
If you don't like what the appraiser has to say, the second step is to fill out a form to meet with the county's Arbitration Review Board. Watch your deadlines because you usually only have 30 days to do both steps 1 and 2.
Along with the form, you will need to include a check for $500 as this step is not free. However, if you file for arbitration and you WIN, you are refunded back $450 of your $500. Yes, it costs the state $50 to process your claim and send paperwork to people like me who handle the arbitrations. The other $450 goes to me for my time and effort to hear your case.
When you file for Arbitration, you must have all your ducks in a row. You cannot present information at the hearing that you have not submitted in for evidence. You are given two opportunities to submit evidence. The first one is usually a couple of weeks after an arbitrator has been notified, and the second one is after you see what the Appraisal District is submitting, you can submit rebuttal information.
I will say it again, NO NEW EVIDENCE MAY BE PRESENTED AT THE TIME OF THE HEARING! If you want to create a huge chart with numbers and such, create a smaller chart that can fit on a regular letter sized piece of paper.
Show up to the hearing prepared. Maybe present your information to a spouse beforehand so you are comfortable saying what you want to say. If I can't make sense of what you're trying to get across, that's not going to help you.
Take advantage of Texas' system! We have Binding Arbitration for a reason. If you're confident that your value is too high, $50 shouldn't be a problem (since you'll get the other $450 back). I welcome any one reading this to choose me when you fill out the form.