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June 21, 2013

County property values up 2.5%

Parker County Appraisal District provides preliminary values to taxing districts

By JUDY SHERIDAN

The Parker County Appraisal District is reporting that property appraisals are up 2.5 percent county-wide this year, according to preliminary tax rolls, with $232 million added to the tax rolls, including $168 million in new construction.

Parker County Chief Appraiser Larry Hammonds said the new construction values reflect about 2,000 new parcels in the county’s 80,000-parcel total, which includes land, homes and commercial buildings.

“It’s been up as high as $350 million,” Hammonds said, “so it’s better than last year, but not as good as three years ago, when all the shopping centers went in on the Interstate.”

The appraisal district reappraises every two years, Hamonds said, beginning with field work in October and mailing appraisal notices at the beginning of May.

“We only mail notices to [properties] we propose an increase in,” Hammonds said. “We’ve mailed 20,000 notices, so about 25 percent showed an increase in value.”

Hammonds said the district will hear protests through the first few days of July. He said the number of protests is “a little lighter than usual.”

“The values inched up,” he said. “We didn’t rock and roll anybody. Some stayed the same, and some were lowered.”

Hammonds said there was no information on which to base a significant increase in property values. Appraisals are based on the sale prices of homes in neighborhoods, he said.

“We’re continually chasing the market,” he said. “We don’t try to set it.” 

The district must have a certified tax roll — with final numbers — by July 20. Hammonds said he doesn’t expect things to change much between now and then.

Following are the percentage changes in appraisal values for Parker County school districts and cities, as reported by Hammonds, as well as new construction values. 

In the Weatherford ISD, values are up 3.7 percent, with 2.2 percent due to $61.7 million in new construction. In the City of Weatherford, values are up 4 percent, with 2.3 percent due to $38.8 million in new construction.

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