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Appraisal review board plans for pandemic-era hearings
(The Austin Bulldog)

The Travis Central Appraisal District (TCAD) provides administrative and budgetary support for the Travis Appraisal Review Board (ARB). The two separate entities are collaborating to plan how formal protest hearings may be conducted safely during a pandemic while still complying with state statutes.


A total of 118,000 property owners (or their agents) filed protests of property values that TCAD assigned this year. That's more than 25,000 fewer protests that were filed in both 2018 and 2019. A key factor in reducing the number of protests this year is that TCAD did not reappraise residential properties in 2020.

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