WOODVILLE – David Luther, chief appraiser for the Tyler County Appraisal District, announced that this year’s appraisal notices were mailed on Friday, July 1.
Taxpayers have until July 31 to file a protest. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the office is closed to walk-in traffic. With a hopeful decrease in COVID-19 exposure and a hopeful increase in people wearing masks and social distancing, the district will review this on a week-to-week basis.
“Notices normally are sent in May each year, but were delayed this year because of the coronavirus, in the hope that it would pass by now,” said Luther. The district faces deadlines it must meet in order to move on to the next process referred to as “truth-in-taxation”, which must be completed in September.
Luther noted that there is only about a third of the number of notices that were sent last year.
Property owners are encouraged to file a written protest in order to preserve an opportunity for a protest hearing before the appraisal review board. With strict guidelines in place, property owners will have to follow different procedures.
Taxpayers must call the district and register for a return call, which may take some days or weeks. Taxpayers should consider filing a protest in case the July 31 protest deadline arrives before the informal session with an appraiser.
The district is operating with its full staff. Property owners may call, email, mail, or fax the protest form. There is also available a drop box at the front door of the office.