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Posted on: April 1, 2019

KAUFMAN COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT MAILS NOTICES

KAUFMAN COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT MAILS NOTICES OF APPRAISED VALUE TO PROPERTY OWNERS; MANY OWNERS
TO SEE INCREASES THIS YEAR

Increases are largely attributable to recently completed in-depth market analysis, as well as
external market factors such as incredible county growth rate

District strongly encourages property owners who believe their appraisals are inaccurate or
inequitable to submit protests and supporting evidence as soon as possible

KAUFMAN, Texas – April 1, 2019 – The Kaufman County Appraisal District (CAD) will soon be mailing
notices of appraised value to property owners across the Kaufman CAD area, which includes Kaufman
County, various independent school districts (ISDs) and cities such as Crandall, Forney, Kaufman,
Seagoville, Kemp, Mabank, Terrell and Combine. Many Kaufman-area property owners will see an
increase in their property’s appraised value this year due to two primary factors: (1) a newly
completed, more in-depth appraisal process completed by the Kaufman CAD this year, and (2) external
market factors that are contributing to an increase in local market values, including the county’s
status as one of the fastest-growing in the nation.

Due to the significant number of properties experiencing an increase in appraised values, year over
year, the Kaufman CAD is strongly encouraging property owners who wish to protest their appraised
value, either informally or formally, to do so as soon as possible in order to avoid potential
backlogs. Protests may be filed by following the instructions included in the mailed notices. Most
protests must be filed no later than May 15, 2019.

“The Kaufman County Appraisal District works diligently each year to appraise each and every
property in the county fairly,” said Sarah Curtis, Kaufman CAD chief appraiser. “Because our market
analysis and appraisal process were significantly more thorough this year, and because market
forces are causing property sale prices to rise countywide, we are seeing substantially more
increases this year in appraised values than we have in recent years. It is one of the unfortunate
side effects of being the 11th fastest- growing county in the entire nation, and the fourth
fastest-growing in Texas.”

“Our appraisal process is our first effort to get things right,” she continued, “but we realize
that property owners may very well have more and better information than we do about their
property’s fair and equitable value, as well as the conditions in their local submarket. What’s
most important is that we ultimately get their property accurately appraised, so we truly welcome
their help in this process.”

“Since we want to get it right,” Curtis said, “and because we will likely have more protests this
year than normal, we really want to hear from property owners and see their supporting evidence
soon. That way, we can give their property due attention and make sure our final valuation is as
accurate and fair as possible. We are looking at bringing in additional, part-time clerical
assistance to help with the expected increase in paperwork, but we also know that property owners’
timely assistance will be necessary so we don’t have everything hitting us all at once.”


This year’s more in-depth market analysis took into consideration significantly more data related
to building costs, as well as enhanced market data on recent land and improved property sales,
compared to the data assessed in previous years. The analysis also took into account variations in
submarkets across the county, better reflecting the fact that some areas are seeing particularly
significant increases in market values, while others are increasing at a slower rate, based on
market demand.

Nevertheless, due to resource constraints, the District’s appraisal process is done on a mass scale
and may not take into account specific property details and highly localized submarket variables
that could ultimately affect a particular property’s fair and equitable market value.

In the last two reviews of the Kaufman CAD, the State Comptroller’s Office found that property
appraisals in several local ISDs (Kaufman, Kemp, Wills Point, Crandall, Terrell, Mabank and Scurry-
Rosser) were too low. Noncompliant school districts can lose state funding, so it is critically
important that property valuations be properly set by the local appraisal district. Forney ISD’s
values were previously determined to be noncompliant, but were found compliant in the last review.

Last year, the Kaufman CAD accepted the resignation of its former chief appraiser and subsequently
hired Curtis as its new chief appraiser. Since then, the District has hired other new personnel and
is working towards a goal of having all of its appraisers be registered professional appraiser
(RPA) certified through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

It is important to understand that the Kaufman CAD’s recently distributed appraised value notices
are not a tax bill. Tax bills will not be sent until later in the year, once appraised values have
been finalized, and once local taxing units have set their property tax rates for the year.

Local taxing units, including school districts, counties, cities, junior colleges and special
districts, decide how much money they must spend to provide public services. Property tax rates are
set according to taxing unit budgets. Some taxing units have access to other revenue sources, such
as a local sales tax. School districts must rely heavily on the local property tax, in addition to
state and federal funds.

It is also critically important to understand that Texas law provides a homestead cap that
restricts the amount that a property’s assessed (taxable) value can increase from year to year on
qualifying residential homesteads. In such cases, the assessed value can go up by no more than 10
percent each year, until the full market value is reached, although there are certain exceptions
such as an ownership change or new improvements added to the property. Residential homestead owners
who are 65 and older or disabled qualify for an additional exemption.  Increased values will not
affect frozen tax amounts.

About the Kaufman County Appraisal District

The Kaufman County Appraisal District (CAD) is a Kaufman, Texas-based property appraisal district
that is responsible for the fair market appraisal of properties within numerous taxing entities,
including Kaufman County, Crandall ISD, Forney ISD, Kaufman ISD, Kemp ISD, Mabank ISD, Terrell ISD,
Scurry- Rosser ISD, Quinlan ISD, Rockwall ISD, Willis Point ISD, as well as the cities of Crandall,
Forney, Kaufman, Seagoville, Kemp, Mabank, Terrell, Combine and the towns of Oak Ridge and Oak
Grove, among others. For more information about the appraisal district and the appraisal process,
visit www.kaufman-cad.org.



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