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KAUFMAN COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT MAILS NOTICES OF APPRAISED VALUE TO PROPERTY OWNERS; MANY OWNERSTO SEE INCREASES THIS YEARIncreases are largely attributable to recently completed in-depth market analysis, as well asexternal market factors such as incredible county growth rateDistrict strongly encourages property owners who believe their appraisals are inaccurate orinequitable to submit protests and supporting evidence as soon as possibleKAUFMAN, Texas – April 1, 2019 – The Kaufman County Appraisal District (CAD) will soon be mailingnotices of appraised value to property owners across the Kaufman CAD area, which includes KaufmanCounty, 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 anincrease in their property’s appraised value this year due to two primary factors: (1) a newlycompleted, more in-depth appraisal process completed by the Kaufman CAD this year, and (2) externalmarket factors that are contributing to an increase in local market values, including the county’sstatus as one of the fastest-growing in the nation.Due to the significant number of properties experiencing an increase in appraised values, year overyear, the Kaufman CAD is strongly encouraging property owners who wish to protest their appraisedvalue, either informally or formally, to do so as soon as possible in order to avoid potentialbacklogs. Protests may be filed by following the instructions included in the mailed notices. Mostprotests must be filed no later than May 15, 2019.“The Kaufman County Appraisal District works diligently each year to appraise each and everyproperty in the county fairly,” said Sarah Curtis, Kaufman CAD chief appraiser. “Because our marketanalysis and appraisal process were significantly more thorough this year, and because marketforces are causing property sale prices to rise countywide, we are seeing substantially moreincreases this year in appraised values than we have in recent years. It is one of the unfortunateside effects of being the 11th fastest- growing county in the entire nation, and the fourthfastest-growing in Texas.”“Our appraisal process is our first effort to get things right,” she continued, “but we realizethat property owners may very well have more and better information than we do about theirproperty’s fair and equitable value, as well as the conditions in their local submarket. What’smost important is that we ultimately get their property accurately appraised, so we truly welcometheir help in this process.”“Since we want to get it right,” Curtis said, “and because we will likely have more protests thisyear than normal, we really want to hear from property owners and see their supporting evidencesoon. That way, we can give their property due attention and make sure our final valuation is asaccurate and fair as possible. We are looking at bringing in additional, part-time clericalassistance 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 relatedto 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 insubmarkets across the county, better reflecting the fact that some areas are seeing particularlysignificant increases in market values, while others are increasing at a slower rate, based onmarket demand.Nevertheless, due to resource constraints, the District’s appraisal process is done on a mass scaleand may not take into account specific property details and highly localized submarket variablesthat 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 propertyappraisals 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 criticallyimportant that property valuations be properly set by the local appraisal district. Forney ISD’svalues 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 subsequentlyhired Curtis as its new chief appraiser. Since then, the District has hired other new personnel andis 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 noticesare not a tax bill. Tax bills will not be sent until later in the year, once appraised values havebeen 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 specialdistricts, decide how much money they must spend to provide public services. Property tax rates areset according to taxing unit budgets. Some taxing units have access to other revenue sources, suchas a local sales tax. School districts must rely heavily on the local property tax, in addition tostate and federal funds.It is also critically important to understand that Texas law provides a homestead cap thatrestricts the amount that a property’s assessed (taxable) value can increase from year to year onqualifying residential homesteads. In such cases, the assessed value can go up by no more than 10percent each year, until the full market value is reached, although there are certain exceptionssuch as an ownership change or new improvements added to the property. Residential homestead ownerswho are 65 and older or disabled qualify for an additional exemption. Increased values will notaffect frozen tax amounts.About the Kaufman County Appraisal DistrictThe Kaufman County Appraisal District (CAD) is a Kaufman, Texas-based property appraisal districtthat 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 OakGrove, among others. For more information about the appraisal district and the appraisal process,visit www.kaufman-cad.org.