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Property tax relief for West, deadline to get new appraisal

WEST, TX (KXXV) -

West residents who haven't yet have until May 31 to apply for new rates on property taxes.

Anybody who hasn't filed a protest to the county's appraisal office will pay the same property tax rates on their homes from before the explosion, even if property value have decreased from the April 17th explosion.

However, even if people filed a protest, many residents were being told they would have to pay the same rates anyway. That's because under current law, the wording says people in a natural disaster can get their homes re-appraised. But a bill passed by both the Texas House and Senate and is on Governor Perry's desk would cross out the word natural. That would make it so any state declared disaster would be covered.

George Smith had his home and business devastated by the explosion. He says he was frustrated when he found out he was still having to pay property tax rates when his home was appraised on January 1. Smith says he's fine with paying tax rates up until April 17th, about a third of the way through the year. He says he just wants to pay tax rates on what his home is worth now for the rest of the year.

"At least for this year before we get the houses rebuilt, because people are already on a lot of economic stress. They've lost their houses, they've lost their jobs. For them to have to pay the full tax rate all year long is not fair."

Andrew Hahn is the chief appraiser for McLennan County. He says 250 people from the West area have already protested their appraisal rates. He says if anybody has not filed that protest you can go to the county web-site here, and send it in by Friday, May 31. He says if you do not file a protest, you will have to pay the property tax rates from before the explosion for the entire year.

Those property taxes from the West area go to the McLennan Community College, McLennan County, the city of West, and West ISD. West ISD superintendent says it's too early to tell how they would be affected by possible lower property taxes.

 

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