The Appraisal Review Board (ARB) is an independent, impartial group of citizens authorized to resolve disputes between taxpayers and the Appraisal District. ARB members are appointed by the Uvalde County Local Administrative District Judge.
The ARB is a separate entity from the appraisal office and serves a different function. Members must be residents of the Appraisal District for at least two years to serve. Current officers and employees of the Appraisal District, taxing units and the Texas Comptroller’s office may not serve. ARB members also must comply with special state laws on conflict of interest and must complete a training course and receive a certificate of course completion from the Comptroller.
The ARB hears and resolves disputes over appraisal matters based on evidence provided by both the taxpayer and the Appraisal District. While this is a broad and important responsibility, the ARB must be sensitive to its legal and practical limits while adhering to Texas Property Tax Codes.
The ARB only has authority over protests submitted to it and has no role in the day-to-day operations of the appraisal office or in appraising property. It cannot instruct the appraisal staff about how to perform appraisals.
Only in resolving taxpayer protests can the ARB make changes or set a value on its own, and such a change only affects the property in question. The ARB is the first level of review in the property tax system. It is a quasi-judicial entity with the responsibility to review appraisals that have been protested by property owners. An appearance before the ARB is often the first time a taxpayer faces a decision-making body of government.
The ARB is encouraged to make the experience a positive one by its demeanor and willingness to listen. All ARB members should demonstrate fairness and courtesy in conducting hearings and consider the evidence presented by all parties to the protests.
Roberto Valdez, Chief Appraiser for the Uvalde County Appraisal District (UCAD) on May 01, 2021 released the following statement:
Welcome to our website! Our goal is to provide our users with accurate usable information to assist in easily finding any data regarding property taxes in Uvalde County. If there is data you need that does not appear on our website, or if you have suggestions, I invite your input. We are dedicated to serving the citizens of this community in every way possible to ensure that property taxation in Uvalde County is fair and equal.
Uvalde County Appraisal District is open to the public from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday except for posted holidays or other events. Property owners are encouraged to utilize email or mail resources to file applications or submit renditions. Property tax payments can also be paid online or by mail. When visiting the office in-person, please remember to use common sense and wise judgment regarding good health practices.
Uvalde County Appraisal District (UCAD) reserves the right, in accordance with the recommended guidelines from the DSHS, to make changes within the UCAD office that are in the interest of public health safety. It is the individual’s responsibility to not enter public places if they are exhibiting symptoms. Anyone exhibiting symptoms outlined in the DSHS protocols may be asked to conduct UCAD business online, through the US Postal Service or over the phone.
Customers are encouraged to continue utilizing online resources, email, or telephone to conduct their business with the appraisal district. Tighter restrictions may be imposed during Appraisal Review Board (ARB) Hearings. Individuals should periodically check our website for breaking news on the Districts day to day operations.