If your property value increased in the last year, you will soon receive an appraisal
notice from the Rains County Appraisal District. The appraisal district mailed about 14,000 appraisal notices around April 15 Your city, county, school district and other local taxing units will use the appraisal district’s value to set your 2017 property taxes.
Under Texas law, county appraisal districts are required to notify property owners about
changes in their property’s value. The notice contains important information about the
property’s location, ownership and property tax exemptions that have been applied to
the property. It must also include an estimate of 2016 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
Rains County 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 Comptroller’s Property Taxpayer Remedies. The deadline for filing a protest
with the ARB is May 31, 2017 or 30 days after the appraisal district mailed your notice
of appraised value, whichever is later.
The Comptroller’s 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.
Property Taxpayer Remedies is available from the Rains County Appraisal District at
145 Doris Briggs Pkwy, Emory TX 75440.
The publication is also available on the Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division’s website at