Property owner Gary Martin, far right, discusses his property appraisal with members of the appraisal review board Tuesday during the property appraisal protest hearings at the Lampasas Central Appraisal District building in Lampasas.

Eric J. Shelton | Herald

Both the Lampasas and Coryell counties’ Appraisal Review Boards convened this week to hear property appraisal protest hearings from area land and homeowners.

On Monday and Tuesday combined, the Coryell County Appraisal Review Board scheduled 533 hearings — though only 21 hearings were actually conducted before the board.

A total of 170 of the scheduled hearings for those two days were informally settled, 108 were withdrawn by the protestor and 98 were “no shows” during the scheduled hearing times.

An additional 136 were rescheduled for another date, according to data from the district.

To date, the Coryell Central Appraisal District has informally settled 730 protests for a total value reduction of $15,320,701 — or a 4.3 percent drop in market value protested. The appraisal district received 1,071 protests in 2017 — a figure that is roughly average for the county, according to chief appraiser Mitch Fast.

The protests represent $355,643,797 in market value. The county contains a 30,491 parcels with a market value of more than $4.3 billion.

Fast said an unusually high number of protests were filed in 2016 — approximately 1,500 — due to an across-the-board appraisal increase throughout Coryell County.

The Coryell County review board does not have any more scheduled hearings.

In Lampasas, the county Appraisal Review Board scheduled only 23 hearings for Tuesday, with 13 hearings receiving no changes from the review board.

Three protests worth $623,250 were informally settled with the Lampasas Central Appraisal district with a total value reduction of $30,790.

Prior to Tuesday, the appraisal district and review board lowered the total protest market value by $20,918,885 — or a 13.75 percent drop.

The review board is in the process of hearing a reported 536 protests totaling $203.9 million in preliminary land value.

Chief Appraiser Melissa Gonzales said the review board will hold further protest hearings Tuesday with additional hearings possible in August. The tentative date for the district’s board of directors to certify the land rolls is Thursday.

Lampasas County has a total of 18,600 parcels of land.

The next meeting is open to the public and begin at 9 a.m. at 109 E. Fifth St. in Lampasas.

The Bell County Appraisal District is scheduled to certify its land rolls Friday.

kyleb@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7567

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