If your property value increased by over $1,000 in the last year or your property was located in the 2015 reappraisal areas of Ennis or Red Oak ISD, you will soon receive an appraisal notice from the Ellis Appraisal District. The appraisal district mailed about 52,000 appraisal notices dated April 1, 2015.

Under Texas law, county appraisal districts are required to notify property owners about changes in their propertyís value. The notice contains important information about the propertyís location, ownership and property tax exemptions that have been applied to the property. It must also include an estimate of 2015 taxes by local taxing units.

Property owners who disagree with the appraised value of their property, the exemptions or any other action by the appraisal district have the right to appeal to the Ellis Appraisal Review Board (ARB). The ARB is an independent panel of citizens responsible for hearing and settling property owner protests. The notice of appraised value includes instructions on how and when to file a protest, a protest form and the Comptrollerís Property Taxpayer Remedies. The deadline for filing a protest with the ARB is May 31, 2015 or 30 days after the appraisal district mailed your notice of appraised value, whichever is later.

Support staff will be available at 972-937-3552 or 1-866-348-3552 to set an informal phone or office appointments with one of the appraisal staff to seek to resolve your concerns or answer your questions in advance of an ARB hearing.

The Comptrollerís publication, "Property Taxpayer Remedies," explains in detail how to protest your property appraisal, what issues the ARB can consider and what to expect during a protest hearing. The publication also discusses the options of taking your case to court, the State Office of Administrative Hearings or binding arbitration if you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your ARB hearing.

Once the ARB approves the appraisal records and the chief appraiser certifies the appraisal roll, your city, county, school district and other local taxing units will use the appraisal districtís value in setting their tax rates and ultimately setting your 2015 property taxes.

"Property Taxpayer Remedies" is available from the Ellis Appraisal District, 400 Ferris Ave. in Waxahachie.

For more information please email us at ecad@elliscad.com or visit our website at www.elliscad.com. The publication is also on the Comptrollerís Property Tax Assistance Divisionís website at http://www.cpa.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/pdf/96-295.pdf.