HCAD’s Valuations Violate Constitution

Harris County Appraisal District operates a multi-tiered valuation program that violates the Texas Constitution. The cornerstone of Texas’ Constitution with regards to taxation is “Taxation shall be equal and uniform”. Nonetheless, Harris County Appraisal District has three distinct categories of valuation: 1) low-revenue, mainly African-American homes tend to be taxed at more than one hundred% of worth, two) house owners and tiny company owners are taxed primarily based on one hundred% of market value and three) mega-developing owners of trophy properties are taxed at deep discounts to market value, possibly 50 to 70% of market place worth.

This is a regressive program. Those least able to spend are taxed at far more than the acceptable level, most properties are taxed at 100% (though with a high level of dispersion in the values) and the trophy properties are given huge discounts.

Seven of the ten Zip Codes exactly where residences are over-taxed by at least 10% are mostly African American. Zip Codes exactly where the population is primarily African-American are seven occasions as likely to be over-taxed by ten% as mainly Anglo Zip Codes.

Typical residences are valued close to 100% of market worth. Even so, at least 200,000 Harris County homes are valued at a lot more than 110% of marketplace worth based on a study of current sales and 2014 HCAD market values by O’Connor &amp Associates. Although there is a variety of sales, most HCAD appraisers are afraid to exercising expert judgment in the course of informal hearings.

Mega-value and trophy properties are treated differently at every single step in the approach. Greenway Plaza was settled informally for $ 611 million in 2013, whilst is sold for $ 950 million in the very same year. Nevertheless, based on house tax valuation criteria, it ought to have been values closer to $ 1.15 billion. Therefore, Greenway Plaza was valued at about 50% of the market worth in the year it sold.

Greenway Plaza is not an isolated example. There are several recent examples of trophy workplace buildings promoting for far more than 50% larger than the HCAD worth. Harris County Commissioners are investigating the HCAD valuation procedures. We think the results will show that HCAD is continuing to value mega-worth office buildings and trophy properties at 50 to 80% of marketplace worth. However, this is just the initial worth.

Few owners of low-earnings properties protest. Some owners of moderate value properties protest. Nonetheless, they are often given rough treatment at the informal and formal hearings at HCAD. Extremely few of the property owners have filed judicial appeals. Conversely, the owners of trophy properties have historically been given a diverse level of service at the informal hearings. These accounts have historically been settled informally at very favorable values, generally in the range of 50 to 70% of industry value. HCAD did alter the informal process for the higher-worth properties in 2013, and a lot of had appraisal assessment board hearings.

While it is not financially feasible for home owners to file judicial appeals, we believe 49 of the 50 largest downtown workplace buildings filed lawsuits to contest their values in 2013. HCAD is posturing that they will take a difficult posture in settling these buildings. Nonetheless, the reality is HCAD does not have the sources to attempt lawsuits for all trophy properties. At this point, HCAD has either settled or is settling lawsuits for the 2012 tax year for some of these identical buildings at values 30 to 50% under the 2013 worth.

HCAD may respond that the Texas Comptroller’s Property Worth Study showed HCAD’s valuations have been reliable. Nonetheless, few home tax experts give the comptrollers study any credibility. (This issue will be addressed in detail in another evaluation.)

HCAD may try to defend the 2013 trophy properties getting litigated. Even so, the initial 2014 market values for these trophy properties are probably 20 to 40% under market value. Most of these values will not be settled in administrative hearings. They will really most likely file lawsuits and quietly settle the values sometime in 2015, with substantial extra reductions.

Harris County house taxes are not uniform and equal. It is a regressive system that punishes these least knowledgeable about the appeals procedure and rewards those who know the program and can afford specialist representation. Harris County house taxation is not uniform and equal, and violates the constitution.

For more information, speak to Patrick O’Connor at 713 822 8613 or [email protected]
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