Brazoria County Appraisal District|
Appraisal District is assigned the task of locating and accurately valuing all taxable property within Brazoria
County. Personal property not used for the production of income is not taxable. However, real property, business
personal property and mineral interests are taxable unless they are subject to an exemption. For example, real
estate owned by the government (for example, Brazoria County and the City of Pearland) is typically exempt from
Brazoria County Appraisal District serves the following cities and towns: Algoa, Alvin, Anchor,
Angleton, Arcola, Ashwood, Bailey's Prairie, Bonney, Brazoria, Brookside, Clute, Damon, Danbury, Danciger, Duke,
East Columbia, Freeport, Holiday Lakes, Iowa Colony, Jones Creek, Juliff, Lake Jackson, Liverpool, Lochridge,
McBeth, Manvel, Old Brazoria, Old Ocean, Otey, Oyster Creek, Pearland, Quintana, Richwood, Rosharon, Sandy Point,
Sugar Valley, Surfside Beach, Sweeny, West Columbia, and Wild Peach Village.
The appraisal district values properties for all tax entities in the county. Each tax entity
utilizes the assessed values established by the central appraisal district. Prior to the current system of one
central appraisal district, each tax entity established its own values for property taxes.
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Tips for Appealing Your Property Taxes in Brazoria County
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- The most meaningful way to reduce your property taxes for your home is to obtain a homestead exemption.
- Reduce property taxes by annually appealing. You can file a notice of appeal by utilizing the comptroller's form or by sending a letter to the Brazoria County Appraisal Review
- Obtaining the Brazoria County Appraisal District evidence (House Bill 201 information) greatly increases
your chances for success at the Brazoria County Appraisal Review Board hearing.
- Research the Brazoria County Appraisal District "record card" which has information used to value your
property. There are often errors with factors such as land area, building area, year built, year remodeled, grade
(quality of construction) and CDU (condition, utility and desirability).
- When preparing for your Brazoria County Appraisal Review Board hearing you should gather information on market value and unequal appraisal
- Comparable sales are the cornerstone of market value. Sources of comparable sales data can be
found in the House Bill 201 package obtained from the
Brazoria County Appraisal District and MLS sites.
- Unequal appraisal is often effective in reducing property taxes. Even if your assessed value is below market
value, you can appeal based on unequal appraisal.
- Unequal appraisal occurs when the Brazoria County Appraisal District has assessed your property at a higher
level than similar properties. You can research assessment comparables on the Brazoria County
Appraisal District website.
- Unequal appraisal can be particularly helpful for recently purchased properties. Brazoria County Appraisal
District appraisers are reluctant to reduce the assessed value, when it is below the recent purchase price, even
if it is unequally appraised. However, the impartial Brazoria County Appraisal Review Board is required to
consider appeals on both market value and unequal appraisal.
- Important components of an unequal appraisal presentation include a reasonable number of comparable properties
(about 2 to 10) that are appropriately adjusted. These properties are usually considered to be properties that are
similar in regard to the quality and quantity of improvements.
- Obtaining an independent appraisal can
effectively document market value and will receive meaningful consideration from the Brazoria County Appraisal
District appraiser and the Brazoria County Appraisal Review Board panel members.
- For recently built properties, the Brazoria County Appraisal District appraiser will want to review actual
construction cost. A cost segregation report prepared by a
qualified appraiser can separate personal property from real property.
- At the hearing spend a few moments developing rapport with the appraiser. Be polite with the appraiser - the
appraiser is not opposed to reducing your property taxes.
- Your presentation to the Brazoria County Appraisal Review Board should be kept between three to five minutes,
since the entire hearing only lasts 15 to 20 minutes.
- If you are not satisfied with your results from the appraisal review board hearing, you can request binding
arbitration. When compared to a judicial appeal, advantages of binding arbitration include a lower cost,
informal process, speedier resolution and the loser pays provision.
arbitration is a new option that allows property owners an informal and inexpensive option if not
satisfied with the Brazoria County Appraisal Review Board's decision. Binding arbitration is available for owners
of properties with an assessed value of $1 million or less (after the Brazoria County Appraisal Review Board
hearing) who are only appealing on market value.
- Although you can appeal on your own, hiring a consultant to appeal on your behalf is risk free
because there is no flat fee and no upfront costs; you only pay a portion of the savings.