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Don’t miss voting and protest deadlines

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By guest writer Cheryl Johnson

Fast approaching are some very important dates that will have a significant impact on the lives of the residents of Galveston County.
This coming Thursday, April 6, is the last day to register to vote or update address information for the May 6 local elections. Voter registration applications are available at all county tax-office locations or online at galcotax.com.
Citizens wishing to register can contact the county’s voter registration department toll free at 1-888-976-2280 and ask for an application to be e-mailed or mailed to them.
Property owners need to be aware that, with today’s robust real-estate market, they should be prepared to see a notice of appraised value appear in their mail in late April.
How can you prepare to protest the appraised value of your home if you disagree with it? First, understand that values are determined by the property’s condition on January 1 each year, so take photos on that date and obtain estimates of the cost of any needed repairs.
Next, if you have recently bought the property and paid less than the appraisal-notice value, or if personal property was included with the purchase price, gather together all the documented details.
Whatever the reason for your protest, contact the county’s central appraisal district at 409-935-1980 to start the process. You must schedule an appointment with a CAD appraiser no later than May 31.
Totally puzzled about the Texas property-tax protest process? Learn how it works and how to be effective when protesting your property value by attending my award-winning Effectively Protest Your Appraised Value class on one of the dates shown in the table below. You’ll learn techniques – not tricks.
Please note that, because the CAD is currently performing a software conversion, we will not be able to post complete class materials to the tax-office website until late April, but will do so before the first scheduled class. All classes begin at 6:00pm and last approximately two hours.
After April 25, go online to galcotax.com, select its Press Releases And Important Information link and download our preliminary 2017 handbook and protest spreadsheet.
Cheryl Johnson is tax assessor and collector for Galveston County.

Property-valuation protest classes

Date             Location
April 27        League City council chambers, 200
West Walker, League City

May 4           Jury assembly room, county justice
center, 600 59th Street, Galveston
May 11         Learning resource center, room L-131,
College Of The Mainland,
1200 Amburn Road, Texas City
May 23        Friendswood public library, 416 South
Friendswood Drive, Friendswood

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