McLennan County: Residents feel the effects of property appraisals

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Property tax statements are rolling out to McLennan County homeowners and some of them say they'll be paying more than last year.

The McLennan County Appraisal District. (Photo by John Carroll/file)

"We've worked all of our lives and we're just trying to get by like everybody else," said Eilene Armstrong.

Armstrong and her husband, Joe, say when they received their property tax valuation this year, they knew they had to appeal.

On their house alone, their property taxes will increase nearly $600.

"If it goes another six hundred next year, we're gonna have to make some considerations."

Even though there was an increase this year, McLennan County officials say the jump isn't because of COVID-19.

They say the property valuations are solely based on the property values from Jan.1.

According to the McLennan County Appraisal District, there's been an increase of 4% to 6% for several reasons.

"The appraised values are going up because things are selling for more than they did in the past," said Chief Appraiser Joe Bobbitt.

"The second part is the tax rate. So, the entities, when they set their budgets, they determine how much money they need to offer all the services that the taxpayer is requesting."

If homeowners don't agree with their appraisals, they can appeal and protest the value to the appraisal district.

"It's not perfect," said McLennan County Judge Scott Felton.

"People don't like to go down there, but they also want to protest the value. So, don't go down there without studying your valuation and really understand it and put yourself as an appraiser.