2017-05-18 / Front Page

Appraisers to visit Saturday

Dan Parker
News editor


Houses stand in rank and file on properties off South 11th Street, as viewed from a small plane passing over Port Aransas earlier this year. Properties all over Port Aransas recently received new appraisals. 
Staff photo by Dan Parker Houses stand in rank and file on properties off South 11th Street, as viewed from a small plane passing over Port Aransas earlier this year. Properties all over Port Aransas recently received new appraisals. Staff photo by Dan Parker On Feb. 7, Grace and Chris Collins closed on their purchase of a house in the Channel Vista neighborhood in Port Aransas.

They bought the place for $360,000. One month later, they got a notice in the mail from the Nueces County Appraisal District saying the property had been appraised at a figure a good deal higher than their purchase price.

“We were shocked to see they’d appraised it at $421,000,” Chris Collins said.

Concerned that their taxes might go up, they have begun pulling together documentation to challenge the appraisal.

Collins said he’s likely to join other folks from around town when the appraisal district’s mobile office sets up at the Brundrett Middle School gym from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. The school is at Avenue B and 10th Street.


Houses big and small stand near the intersection of Ninth Street and Avenue C in Port Aransas. County authorities recently mailed out new appraisals of properties all over Port Aransas. Property owners can contest the appraisals when appraisers come to town on Saturday, May 20. 
Staff photo by Dan Parker Houses big and small stand near the intersection of Ninth Street and Avenue C in Port Aransas. County authorities recently mailed out new appraisals of properties all over Port Aransas. Property owners can contest the appraisals when appraisers come to town on Saturday, May 20. Staff photo by Dan Parker “The mobile offices include everything necessary for those who wish to discuss property values, face-to-face with appraisers and key staff from the district, and settle disputes between property owners and the appraisal district,” the appraisal district said in a recently issued news release.

Port Aransas city officials said they haven’t heard a lot of complaints this year about high appraisals. Many properties saw only slightly or moderately increased appraisals, or none at all.

A house in the 300 block of East Oakes Avenue, for example, went from a $367,428 appraisal in 2016 to a $389,057 appraisal this year.

But some appraisals went up more.

On South 11th Street, a house appraised at $535,439 in 2016 got an appraisal of $653,649 this year, an increase of nearly $120,000.

On North 11th Street, a house appraised at $595,327 last year now has been appraised at $767,410. That’s a jump of more than $172,000.

On Palisades Drive, Randy Hansen’s house was appraised at $461,418 last year. This year, it was appraised at $562,638.

“I couldn’t believe it when I opened (the appraisal notice) up,” Hansen said.

It was an increase of slightly more than $100,000, even though Hansen hadn’t made any improvements to the property, and “nothing sold on this street that would make ours go up so much,” he said.

Denise Fox and Flip Burleson saw a Shibui Sands rental house they own go up from $176,000 in 2016 to $200,000 this year, even though they haven’t made improvements there over the past year. They said they plan to protest the appraisal.

“There’s no way it should have gone up this much,” Denise said.

Folks who want to meet with appraisers in Port Aransas Saturday are urged to bring documentation as evidence in support of any points they want to make about the value of their property.

Documents could include property closing statements, sales contracts, independent appraisals and estimates and receipts for home repairs that are needed or finished.

Photos also could be presented as evidence. The appraisal district has suggested that folks bring their photos in the form of prints, not just digital images on their cell phones.

Folks can make appointments with appraisers to visit their homes and take a look.

If appraisal district staff at the middle school event don’t agree to lower appraisals enough to satisfy the property owner, the owner can sign up for a hearing before the Appraisal Review Board. Hearings will be held, in Corpus Christi.

Property owners who file challenges will receive notice by mail of when they will need to appear at the appraisal district offices for a hearing.

If property owners don’t meet with appraisal district staff in Port Aransas, they could go to the appraisal district office at 201 N. Chaparral St. in Corpus Christi and meet with an appraiser there. Folks filing challenges on appraisals of their homesteaded properties may file the challenges through the appraisal district’s website, www.ncadistrict.com.

Landowners also can hire property tax agents to represent them before appraisal district staff and the Appraisal Review Board.

Questions may be directed to the appraisal district at (361) 881-9978. Callers will reach a call center where they can provide information that will be passed along to an appraiser. The appraiser will get in contact with the caller soon, Canales said.

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