That pesky hidden property tax

Please note that you should be receiving, or should have already received, your 2017 Notice of Appraised Value from Bell County. This is their written notification to you, the property owner, disclosing the appraised value they will use for this year’s property tax assessment. Normally I wouldn’t alert anyone to this very regular mailing but this year offered an unprecedented change in values, at least in my world. Of the single-family homes that my wife and I own in Bell County, every last one saw an increase in appraised value, many on an unsettling level. I’ve always been under the impression that they weren’t allowed to raise taxes more than 10% in any one year but they certainly did on several of our properties . So not only have the values been raised across the board, but significantly.

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