The rising cost of real estate in Dallas-Fort Worth has dominated headlines in recent years, but new numbers from a handful of North Texas counties prove that the “Come and Take It” attitude is still very much alive and well.
In Collin County there have been 64,597 protests filed for residential properties, as opposed to the 53,796 that were filed in 2016. In Dallas County there have been 86,750 protests filed, as opposed to the 76,185 that were filed in 2016. And in Denton County there have been 68,943 protests filed, up from 64,434 filed in 2016.
In Dallas County, the preliminary appraisal increase for residential properties is up 9.9 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to the Dallas Central Appraisal District. In Denton County, that figure reflects a 7 percent increase over 2016.
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“We thought there would be an increase in protests this year. We just did not know the extent or how much of an increase,” Deputy Chief of Appraisal for the Denton Central Appraisal District George Clerihew said. “The main reason is just due to the continued strong real estate market. This is the third year in a row of pretty significant increases in the residential market, which means this is the third year in a row of home appraised values increasing.”
In Tarrant County, the total number of protests for property tax appraisals is down to 95,300 from 105,900 in 2016. The Tarrant Appraisal District did not differentiate between types of property in its reply to NBC DFW, so the specific number of residential property protests could not be determined.
The deadline to file a protest for property tax appraisals was May 31.