To the Editor:
In my opinion, the Bell County Tax Appraisal District is picking winners and losers in the Killeen and Harker Heights area.
I have researched the tax rolls and there is nothing fair about the way they levy taxes. It depends who you are.
A property I sold facing I-14 is paying $7.38 per square foot and the property behind it facing Farm-to-Market 2410 is paying $7.68 a square foot.
How can that be fair? Common sense says that’s not right. There are properties up and down West 2410 that are $3 to $5 off what other people are paying, some as low as $1,87 and $2.25 per square foot.
All you have to do is look at Coyote Circle in Harker Heights. There are nine houses on this street. Seven increased by $20,000 plus, one went down $20,000 and one went down $10.
(Bell County Chief Appraiser) Marvin Hahn told me the reason the one house went down $20,000 was because that is what she paid for the house, $161,223.
The optics look really bad, the person who bought the house is an appraiser for Bell CAD. The houses range from $258,546 to $160,223 on this street.
What is Market value? On my street, every house went up in value , some $15,000.
Don’t take my word on it; check the tax rolls for yourself. All I ask is that the property valuations be fair for everyone. At this point in time, I don’t think they are.
People better be prepared for the 2018 valuations and start getting your ducks in a row.