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Tarrant and Denton Appraisal Districts Are Different – What You Need to Know

January 18, 2020

Tarrant County Appraisal District and Denton County Appraisal District are each guided by the same regulations promulgated by the Texas State Comptroller, but they differ significantly in how they operate.  Homeowners who want to know how to protest property taxes would do well to know the differences when protesting to the Appraisal Review Board this year.

Denton Appraisal District:

Denton Appraisal District’s website provides valuable information not found on Tarrant Appraisal District’s website. This includes:

  • for your Subdivision: Minimum Market Value, Median Market Value, Maximum Market Value, Median Living Area, Median Square Footage and
  • for your Class within your Subdivision: Property Count, Median Market Value, Median Living Area and Median Square Footage.
  • for your Property within your Class and Subdivision: Percent Difference from Median Market Value, Percent Difference from Median Living Area and Percent Difference from Median Square Footage.

These granular metrics can be valuable when deciding how (but not whether) to protest to the Appraisal Review Board. If your value is above the median the data can be supportive of your property tax protest seeking to reduce your taxable value. But if your value is already below the median should you nevertheless protest? For our answer see Why You Should Protest to the Appraisal Review Board Each Year – Regardless

Tarrant Appraisal District:

Tarrant Appraisal District’s website provides an Interactive Map from which you can draw your own comparisons of your property’s taxable value with its neighboring properties.  But the hard work of making valid comparisons by subdivision, by class or by similar size property is left to you – and most homeowners don’t have the time to do the grunt work.  At Property Tax Protest we do it for you!

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