Property Tax Protection Program

Total 2018 CAD Budget Including ARBSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Millions of $
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Total Budget 0.85 0.85 0.88 0.96 1.5 1.68 1.68
ARB Operations Budget 0.01 0.014 0.0145 0.0125 0.0145 0.017

Texas property owners should protest annually since YOU can spend YOUR money better than the government.

Matagorda County CAD Operations and Budgets

Matagorda County Appraisal District (Matagorda CAD) is a mystery to many people.

  • 1. Why do they exist?
  • 2. Who runs the operation?
  • 3. Who funds the operation?

Matagorda County Appraisal District is a quasi-governmental operation made possible by Tax Code Section 6 regarding the establishment of one appraisal district in each county. Appraisal districts were legislated into existence in 1979 to begin operation in 1981; the legislation is known as the “Peveto Bill”, based on the sponsor. Previously each city, county and school district valued property in their jurisdiction separately and had hearings regarding value. The board of dirMatagordas consists of representatives of largest tax entities (school, county, city, MUDs, special districts). They are largely a “budget board” with two responsibilities: 1) select the chief appraiser (who runs the appraisal district) and 2) approve the annual budget. Texas appraisal district budgets were $523 million in 2018. We hope to provide insights with the graphs.

Matagorda CAD Total CAD Budget Including ARB

Matagorda County Appraisal Districts annual budget, along with the budget for the ARB are below. Texas appraisal district budgets are substantial. These are public servants paid with public money. Do you feel like a valued client when you visit the appraisal district? Are you surprised of the amount of budget for Matagorda County Appraisal District.

Total Property Taxes Levied Matagorda CountySource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Billions of $
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Property Taxes Levied 0.0904 0.089 0.0975 0.0998 0.1068

Texas property owners should protest annually since Appealing annually helps the appraisal district avoid over-taxing a property for both market value and unequal appraisal.

Matagorda County Total Amount of Property Taxes Levied

Matagorda County tax entities total tax levies have been growing much faster than inflation. This has caused property taxes to rise much faster than inflation. Wage increases have been lean for the past 10 years. However, the total property tax levy for Matagorda County and others have increased 7 to 10% consistently. This was a primary factor in the legislature passing Senate Bill 2 in 2019.

Total Texas property taxes are huge; approaching $100 billion per year.

FTE Positions In Budget Total - Matagorda CADSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

FTEs
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Total Number of FTEs 9 9 9 9 11 11 4

Texas property owners should protest annually since Valuation is a subjective matter where reasonable people can differ.

FTE Positions In Budget Total

Matagorda County Appraisal District staffing levels are illustrated below. Texas appraisal districts reported a total of 4,609 FTEs (full-time equivalents). Increased use of technology may reduce the need for appraisal district staff, or at least slow the level of expense growth.

FTEs Assigned to the Appraisal - Matagorda CADSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

FTEs
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
FTEs Appraisal Total 8 5 7 11 3
Residential 5 5 2 4 3
Commercial 5 5 2 1 3
All Other 25 25 2 2 3

Texas property owners should protest annually since It is a great way to slow the growth of government spending (of your money).

Matagorda CAD FTEs Assigned to the Property Appraisal

Matagorda County Appraisal District has two groups of staff: 1) appraisers and 2) administrative staff / everyone else. Statewide appraisers (2,221) account for just under half (48%) of total staff at Texas appraisal districts. The graph provides a total and individual numbers for residential and commercial by year.

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