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Taxpayer group offers final workshop May 12 for protest assistance


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Some Wilson County property owners in the Stockdale area may have seen a reduction in their appraised values from the Wilson County Appraisal District.

The decreases in assessed value affected acreage of 100 acres or more.

“We were provided with a good amount of multiple listing services (MLS) and other sales data recently,” said Chief Appraiser Jennifer Coldewey. “This allowed us to make some reductions for some property owners. The data justified making the changes.”

This followed Coldewey’s statement last week that having sales and closing data helps appraisal districts determine accurate market values for taxing purposes. (See “Property owners flood appraisal district with protests, questions,” May 5.)

“Having this additional sales information will help us with next year’s appraisals to be more accurate,” Coldewey said.

As Texas is a non-disclosure state — meaning property buyers and sellers do not have to share their final purchase prices with the state — it’s difficult for appraisal districts to gauge market values, Coldewey had explained. Appraisal districts also cannot access MLS data.

“If we don’t have the sales figures, we can’t change [appraised values],” she said.

The Wilson County Appraisal District continues to experience a huge increase in protests of appraised values from property owners.

The deadline to file a protest is Saturday, May 15.

The Wilson County Taxpayers Association is assisting county property owners to file the necessary protest form by the deadline.

Area realtors also have been providing property owners with comparable values for similar properties, to aid in the protest process.

Receiving such information is vital to the appraisal process, Coldewey said.

“Providing closing disclosures or sales sheets when buying or selling property helps the Wilson County Appraisal District set market values,” she said. “This makes for more accurate appraisals.”

Appraisal statements were mailed in April. If you have questions about your property’s appraised value, you can call the Wilson County Appraisal District at 830-393-3065.

Property owners also can file a protest — the deadline is Saturday, May 15 — by using the form on the back of the appraisal or completing it online at www.wilson-cad.org.

The appraisal district is experiencing a high volume of protests and questions.

“Be patient,” Coldewey said. “File in time. And allow time for responses.”

The Wilson County Taxpayers Association can assist with filing protests, and also has compiled resources and information to assist property owners.

Visit www.wilsoncountytaxpayersassociation.com or find the group on Facebook.

More help filing protests

The Wilson County Taxpayer Association, a grassroots group spawned by the sudden spike in appraised values in Wilson County, began as a Facebook group in April and has grown into more.

Volunteers with the group have been assisting property owners with filing appraisal protests through seminars and workshops. One more workshop is available this week, ahead of the May 15 protest deadline:

•Wednesday, May 12, 6-8 p.m., American Legion Hall, Floresville — take your appraisal statement(s) with you; volunteers will assist on a first-come, first-served basis.

A growing list of resources and more information is available from the group’s new website, www.wilsoncountytaxpayersassociation.com, and the organization also can be found on Facebook.

Help with comparable values

Get comparable values!

These real estate agents are willing to provide comparable market values for appraisal protests:

•Fred Ohnesorge, Dwell Realty, fred@dwell-re.com; 210-787-0674

•Lori Fohn, Realty Place, Lori.db@outlook.com; 210-427- 3370

•Kevin Skorupa, Crisp Realty, Inc., kevin@crisprealty.net

•Heather Murray, Homestead & Ranch Real Estate, heather@homesteadandranch.com; 210-416- 7559

•Lynn Kotzur, Option One Real Estate, LynnKotzur@gmail.com; 830-534-8558

•Lauren Graham, South Texas Realty LLC, Laurensellsstx@gmail.com; 830- 542-0360

•Kyrissa Parsons, South Texas Realty LLC, Kyrissa@kyrissaparsons.com; 512-698- 4823

•Tania Zigmond, Homestead & Ranch Real Estate, Tania@homesteadandranch.com; 210- 440-6855

•Starr McEachern, BHGRE HomeCity, Myrealtorstarr@hotmail. com; 210-422-1505

•Hilary Barras, Hilary Barras Sells Texas – Real Estate, Keller Williams Heritage, Hilary@hilarysellstexas.com; 951-377-0398

•Jen Burrows, Realtor, Keller Williams Heritage, jenburrows@ kw.com; 830-743- 9712

•Chris Jacobs, cjacobs@nealteam.com; 210-323-1660

•Jamie Waltisperger, Broker Associate, Morrison Realty Group, jwaltisperger@hotmail.com; 210-385-5432.

Provided by Wilson County Taxpayers Association.

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