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Letter to property taxpayers,

It is near the end of the road for any action to reduce your property taxes for 2022. You received your Notice of Appraisal from the Comanche Central Appraisal District (CAD) in June and after your initial shock over the increase in the value of your property, you were probably pleased to know your property is now worth so much, that is, until you realized that the increase in the value of your property translates to an increase in property taxes. The only way you benefit from this increase is if you sell your property. Most of you are setting down roots in Comanche County and have no intention to sell. So, what can you do to reduce your taxes?

Basically, there are only two ways for you to affect the amount of your taxes. They are

(1) Submit a Property Tax Protest form and·(2) appeal to the various taxing entities asking for them to lower their tax rate to the level known as the "NO NEW REVENUE" rate. In June I wrote an article encouraging property owners to examine their appraisal and to protest the appraisal if they had legitimate reasons for their property to be worth less than the appraisal. The time period to protest appraisals is short - only 30 days from the date mailed - which this year ended July 5th. But, it is not too late to reach out to the various taxing entities. In fact August is the perfect time because this is when they are having budget meetings and deciding on the rate they will charge per $100 of property value.

I am writing this letter to urge you to reach out to board members of these taxing entities, City, County, ISO and Hospital. Comanche County is made up of small towns and you likely know several members of these boards. Tell them your concerns and ask them to vote with the property owner in mind and not just to fund larger budgets. Furthermore, you can and should attend these budget meetings and especially the meetings where the rate is adopted. Show them that you care! Show them that paying higher taxes hurts! Especially those who are on fixed incomes.

FYI go to this website to find your personal tax information: Texas.gov/propertytaxes Our taxing authority is the Comanche Central Appraisal District. I refer you to the postcard sent to you by the CAD giving the website: comanche.countytaxrates.com. The two newspapers in the county are also a source of information regarding proposed tax rates. You can also call or go online to find the dates and times for board meetings. Remember time is running out. The new rates will be adopted within the next two weeks.

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