Ellis County residents who have experienced an increase in excess of $1,000 in property value or who live in Ennis and Red Oak ISDs will soon receive an appraisal notice from the Ellis Appraisal District.
According to an Ellis Appraisal District (EAD) release, about 61,000 notices dated April 2 have been mailed out to residents.
Chief Appraiser Kathy Rodrigue stated this is the first round of appraisals sent out to residents and business owners.
“Every year if a property value’s increases by more than $1,000 or if it is in the reappraisal area, we are required to send out appraisal notices. We just sent out under 61,000 in this first batch,” Rodrigue said. “We will have another one that will go out once we have finished all of the personal property renditions.”
Rodrigue stated there are 85,002 properties located in Ellis County.
Over the past year, the county has increased in the number of properties due to new construction. The new taxable value from new properties is about $562 million, with the market value estimated at $641 million.
“There is new growth all around. Houses are getting listed and sold very, very quickly. It is definitely a seller's market right now,” Rodrigue explained. “So what is happening because more and more people are moving into the area. It is basic economics that when the demand is high values go up. That is what we are seeing in the economy.”
Rodrigue explained that to assess values on a residential property, each area is looked individually. Appraisers study the properties that have been bought and sold in the area.
“Just like any appraiser would we estimate the value based on what information is available. Values are definitely up on existing properties. It is significant. That is something we are seeing on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis,” Rodrigue stated. “Properties are being bought and sold and are required to have properties appraised at 100 percent of the market value. So that is what we are doing to make sure we are reflecting what is going on in the marketplace.”
Residents and business owners who wish to file a formal protest with the appraisal district have until May 15 — or 30 days from the time they receive the notice in the mail. Property tax bills are issued in October.
Protests can be set to the appraisal district at P.O. Box 878 Waxahachie, TX, 75168. They can be faxed to 972-937-1618 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, residents can visit the appraisal district’s website at www.elliscad.com. The appraisal district is located at 400 Ferris Avenue in Waxahachie and its staff can be reached at 972-937-3552.
According to Texas law, a county appraisal district is required to notify property owner’s about changes in their property’s value. The notice contains valuable information about the property’s location, ownership and property tax exemptions applied to the property. It must also include an estimate of the 2018 taxes based on the 2017 tax rates adopted by local taxing entities.
Appeals are made to the Ellis Appraisal Review Board. This board is an independent panel of citizens that are responsible for hearing and resolving property owner protests.
“There is a couple of ways people can make a protest. We are receiving notices of protest via email. People can send in their notice of protest and any evidence that would help us know about the condition of their property that we may not know,” Rodrigue shared. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to visit with anybody who is concerned about their value. They can also mail in their notice of protest or fax it in or walk it in the front door. If somebody walks in the front door, we will try to get them in with an appraiser if one is available.”