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 6.41 6.41 6.99 0.79 7.9 8.16 8.18 8.51
ARB Operations Budget 0.0454 0.05 0.05 0.0725 0.072 0.177 0.08

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

Hidalgo County CAD Operations and Budgets

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

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

Hidalgo 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 directors 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.

Hidalgo CAD Total CAD Budget Including ARB

Hidalgo 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 Hidalgo County Appraisal District.

Total Property Taxes Levied Hidalgo 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 0.3799 1 1 1 1 1

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.

Hidalgo County Total Amount of Property Taxes Levied

Hidalgo 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 Hidalgo 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 - Hidalgo 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 94 94 94 94 94 94 94 95

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

FTE Positions In Budget Total

Hidalgo 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 - Hidalgo 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 41 49 37 35 45
Residential 18 13 15 15 15 17
Commercial 2 3 3 3 4 4
All Other 23 25 19 19 16 24

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

Hidalgo CAD FTEs Assigned to the Property Appraisal

Hidalgo 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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