The Williamson Central Appraisal District (WCAD) mailed out the property tax appraisals today, April 2, 2012, which is several weeks earlier than usual. Homeowners need to be aware that since the appraisals were mailed early, the deadline to protest is also earlier than usual because owners have 30 days to protest. In the past, the protest deadline typically fell towards the end of May, but this year will be much earlier (I was told by a WCAD representative over the phone that it would be May 5th for most homeowners). The protest date is on the appraisal so be sure to look for it.
Again this year, some homeowners will be able to file their protest online. If this option is available to you, instructions will be included with your appraisal.
As usual, homeowners can go to the WCAD offices for an informal protest. The informal hearings started today and continue through the deadline. If you cannot work out the valuation during this phase, you can file the paperwork to have a formal hearing in front of the Appraisal Review Board (ARB).
For more information on the appraisal process in Williamson County, visit www.WCAD.org. The website has lots of useful information on the entire appraisal process, including several videos. The 2012 valuations are also posted there if you can’t wait to get yours in the mail. To view tax rates in Williamson County, click here. To look for homes in Williamson County and throughout Central Texas, click here.