Will METCALF

Will Metcalf On His Property Taxes

I rely on the county to determine my property taxes.  I did not asked for nor did I receive different treatment than anyone else. Even more importantly, there is a clear evidence that my house was treated just the same as all others.

To determine this fact with certainty after the first unfounded accusations were made, I hired an independent firm to research how my appraisal was done to see if it was any different than similar houses in the area.

The first and most obvious reason the appraisal is what it is that the house is built adjacent to agricultural land and THAT agricultural land (owned by a separate entity) is not part of the house appraisal but IS included in the property for sale. Cattle are raised on the agricultural land and so that property is taxed differently than residential, but this agricultural land is taxed the same as all other agricultural lands in Texas.

The listed sales price for my house includes both my house AND the adjacent agricultural land (even though it is held by a separate entity) because that is how we felt we could get the best sales price -- selling it as a combined package.

But even beyond that issue, I asked the independent firm to compare my house's appraisal, itself, to other similar houses in the area. I have included those comps for you.  As you can clearly see, my property falls right in the middle of the pack -- not at the low end nor at the high end.
The process used to appraise my property seems to have followed best practices and was the same as for other homeowners.

Taking into consideration the homestead exemption, agriculture exemption and the independent tax firm analysis, the appraisal district is treating my property like all other properties in the abstract or county.

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