Hidalgo Co. Residents Voice Concerns over Property Appraisals
SAN JUAN – Several Hidalgo County property owners are trying to figure out why their property values are on the rise.
The Hidalgo County Tax Appraisal District sent out appraisal notices last week. They met with some property owners to provide an explanation Wednesday.
“We’re all poor. I mean, we don’t have any luxury houses,” a resident said.
The office spent months appraising properties across the county. But we learned that not every property owner will get a notice.
“There’s a subdivision across the street with nice houses, better houses than the ones that are across the street. How are you about to do that, if it’s just across the street?” one resident questioned.
Jorge Gonzalez with the Hidalgo County Appraisal District said he wasn’t surprised by the reaction they received.
“Actually, I was encouraged with some of the questions that were asked about our procedures,” he said.
Gonzalez said not every property owners is getting an appraisal notice.
“If the value of your property went up by at least $1,000, we were going to go ahead and send you an appraisal notice. But if it didn’t then you won’t get one,” he said.
Other property owners voiced their displeasure with the appraisal district.
“I don’t know a lot about this but that’s how I feel… that they don’t want to relay a lot of information,” he said.
Gonzalez said the appraisal district wants to make the process easy for everyone. He said those who have questions about their appraisal or want to challenge it can contact their office at (956) 381-8466.
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