Galveston County Property Tax Disputes
When you owe Galveston County property taxes, you may be able to pay less tax or even reduce your property taxes using various kinds of tax exemptions. You can also file a formal tax protest of the Galveston County appraisal value or tax assessment of the property.
Many Galveston County property owners donít bother to dispute their property tax assessments or appraisal district valuations. Whether itís because they donít know how or where to file a protest or because they simply arenít aware of their right to dispute their taxes, overpaying taxes doesnít benefit anyone except the taxing authorities. Many more property owners arenít even aware of the different exemptions that can significantly reduce property taxes and in some cases limit increases.
Property tax is the largest source of funding for local services in Galveston County and accounts for most of the revenue to pay for county roads, city streets, public schools, police, fire protection, park services as well as many other public works and public services. Although property taxes are a necessary to maintain state and local government, it isnít necessary to overpay your property taxes. There are many factors to consider when getting your property taxes reduced.
Galveston County has an appraisal district administered by a chief appraiser which sets the value of your property each year. The appraisal district's board of directors hires the chief appraiser with the duty to appraise and assess property values. Local taxing units appoint the directors and fund the appraisal district according to a formula that is based on taxes.
Depending on what city you live in along with the schools, community college, and other factors, it may be possible to reduce your property Taxes by using certain exemptions. There are exemption provisions available for Homeowners with Disabilities, Homeowners Age 65 or Older, Exemptions for County Taxes, School Taxes, Agricultural exemptions as well as other types of exemptions for claiming your homestead in Galveston County.
Although you may represent yourself in any property tax matters, you may also appoint a representative, which is commonly referred to as an ďagentĒ to handle specific duties. While you donít need an agent to file for exemptions on your home, you might want to have a professional review the exemption application in conjunction with your entire tax situation to see if any other tax reductions are available.
Whether you have a residential property, your homestead, or have a commercial property in Galveston County Texas, or in Bayou Vista, Clear Lake Shores, Dickinson, Friendswood, Galveston, Hitchcock, Jamaica Beach, Kemah, La Marque, League City, Santa Fe, Texas City, Tiki Island, Bacliff, Bolivar Peninsula, or San Leon, contact De Luna Law at (713) 255-7253 to see how we can help you lower or reduce your property taxes.
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