SAN ANGELO, TX – Hundreds of angry Tom Green County property owners bombarded the Tom Green County Appraisal District Office on Thursday during the first meeting of the new Appraisal Review Board.
For weeks now, San Angelo LIVE! has reported on the extreme hike in property values in Tom Green County. For a lot of properties in the county the appraisal district has raised valuations by more than 50 percent. As a result of the hike in the valuations, property owners have grown disgruntled with the appraisal district.
Earlier this week the appraisal district issued notice of a public meeting regarding its Appraisal Review Board. The hearing was only meant to organize the board's upcoming meetings. However, for the nearly 1,000 people at the meeting, that was not good enough.
The board attempted to end the meeting after finishing what they were supposed to do but the crowd did not let that happen. Instead, the board was met with a number of questions, demands, and complaints. The crowd's main concern to the board, led by Chairman Walter Holik, was everyone's newly appraised value on their properties.
Holik, Co-Chair Sharon Burnup, and the board's attorney gave the crowd as many answers as they could. The main point of advice was to file an Appraisal Valuation Protest form to the appraisal district by June 1. After that, the board suggested to meet with the individual who appraised the property and wait for a protest hearing.
The informal public comment lasted for over an hour.