Advocate tells homeowners not to delay on appraisal protests as AG’s opinion on law looms

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 1:26pm

Longview, TX — The head of an area advocacy group is urging homeowners to protest their appraised values now in anticipation of a Texas Attorney General’s opinion that could lower appraisals and tax bills — but after the protest deadline has passed.

In Gregg County, the deadline to protest the value placed on a home for tax purposes is June 1.

Meanwhile, the attorney general’s office on Tuesday confirmed it intends to issue an opinion on whether or not appraisers are following a new law regarding foreclosures on June 12.

“If you don’t protest, then you lose your opportunity to ever revisit that, even after what we think is going to be the attorney general opinion directing appraisal districts across the state of Texas to include foreclosures,” said J.D. Davis, head of the East Texas Business Coalition.

Davis and the coalition convinced state Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, to ask the state’s top law enforcement office in November for clarification on House Bill 1038.

Read more from the Longview News-Journal here.

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