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The basic building block of the state's school finance system is the estimate of each Texas school district's local tax base developed by the State Comptroller's Property Tax Division (PTD) through its annual Property Value Study (PVS). This critical estimate determines each district's Chapter 42 state aid entitlements-or Chapter 41 obligations.
Whenever a school district chooses to appeal the Comptroller's property value study, the amount of state funding can be significant. This is because the Comptroller's Office certifies its higher estimate of property value to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) only when its estimate is significantly greater than the local value reported by your appraisal district.
It is imperative that the appeal filed on your district's behalf be meticulously prepared and challenge the Comptroller's estimate on all relevant fronts.
In preparing your appeal, we first analyze the Comptroller's study from several different perspectives. We determine whether the study was performed in a manner consistent with generally accepted standards developed by the International Association of Assessing Officers and the Comptroller's Office itself. We also determine whether the study was conducted in a manner that complies with appropriate legal standards, including applicable provisions of the Texas Constitution, the Texas Government Code, the Texas Property Tax Code, and the Comptroller's administrative rules. In addition, we compare the Comptroller's study of your district to the Comptroller's study of other districts, to ensure that your district is not adversely affected by any inconsistencies in the Comptroller's methodologies. Once we have identified deficiencies or inconsistencies in the Comptroller's study, we develop appropriate evidence to make your case. In a typical case, our evidence will consist of documents used and developed by the Comptroller's Office, documents obtained through our research of the local real estate market, and evidence developed by or through our own team of consultants and experts.
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