Our mission is to provide accurate property assessments to facilitate the local funding for our county, schools, cities, and other districts that derive budgets and other operating expenses from local property values.
Welcome to Mills Central Appraisal District!
Welcome to the website of the Mills Central Appraisal District. Within this site, you will find general information about the District and the ad valorem property tax system in Texas, as well as information regarding specific properties within the district. The District strictly adheres to the Texas Property Tax Code to provide equality and accurate assessments for its constituents and tax base.
The Texas Constitution requires local taxing units to make taxpayers aware of tax rate proposals and to afford taxpayers the opportunity to roll back or limit tax increases.
Property owners are encouraged to use the website below to find information concerning your estimated taxes, the taxing units to which your taxes are distributed, the dates and locations of any public hearings where your locally elected officials will determine your tax rates, and other important property tax information. Your property tax burden is determined by your locally elected officials.
APPRAISAL DISTRICT NEWS
Website Provides Information on Property Tax Rates
Property owners in Mills County will soon receive a postcard directing them to Texas.gov/propertytaxes. This is the official website on which property owners can easily access information regarding property taxes, including the amount of taxes that each entity that taxes a property will impose if the entity adopts its proposed tax rate. Taxing units regularly update this website during August and September as local elected officials propose and adopt the property tax rates that will determine how much you pay in property taxes. The website allows property owners to provide feedback on the tax rate process and provides the following property-specific information for each taxing unit authorized to levy a tax on the property, including:
- property values;
- proposed tax rates;
- an estimate of property taxes that would be imposed under the proposed rates;
- dates and locations of public hearings on the tax rates; and
- other useful information on taxing unit budgets, revenue, and rate calculations.
Continue to check the website for updates throughout the tax rate adoption process in August and September.
Contact Mills Central Appraisal District at 325-648-2253 with questions regarding this website.
2022 Appraisal Notices to be mailed on May 16, 2022.
Notices will soon be mailed to taxpayers whose value increased from 2021 to 2022. Record interest rates and people moving to Texas from other states have driven up the demand for all types of housing. Unfortunately, the Appraisal District must keep pace with the increases in order for local schools to receive full funding and to comply with equal and uniform taxation.
Property owners should review their notice of value. This year, the notice focuses on value only. The often-incorrect tax estimates have been removed and the information will be sent later for those comparisons along with the meeting dates and times of local tax units to set their budgets. A postcard will be mailed to you with this information in August. This is a statewide change by the 2019 Legislature.
When the taxpayer looks at the value proposed by the appraisal district, they should ask themselves if their property would likely sell for that amount. If not, they should file a protest on the form that will be enclosed. The deadline for filing is 30 days from the date of the notice mailing. They will receive a call from the local appraisal district to discuss the value informally. If the taxpayer is not agreeable after the sharing of data between the appraisal district and them, then they have a right to appeal to the Appraisal Review Board (ARB), a group of local citizens who live in the appraisal district and have been appointed by the local Appraisal District Board of Directors. They will listen to the evidence provided by both parties and make a decision based on the preponderance of the evidence presented. The taxpayer may appeal the findings of the ARB to District Court or arbitration.
The issues that may be protested include:
- The appraised or market value of the property
- Unequal appraisal of the owner’s property
- Inclusion of the property on the appraisal records
- Denial of a partial exemption such as a homestead exemption
- Determination that agricultural or timberland designation has been denied
- Determination that agricultural of timberland has had a change of use and is subject to a rollback tax
- Identification of the taxing unit or taxing units in which the property is located
- Determination that the taxpayer is the owner of the property
- Any other action of the appraisal district office or the ARB that adversely affects the owner
The ARB schedules a hearing and sends the protesting property owner written notice of the date, time, and place of the hearing. The law contains specific timelines and procedures for both the property owner and the ARB through the appraisal protest process.
2022 Property Reappraisal to begin in August
Codi McCarn, Chief Appraiser of the Mills Central Appraisal District, announced that fieldwork will begin in August on the designated area of the county scheduled for reappraisal for 2021. Employees of Western Valuation and Consulting, LLC, will be going through the southern part of Mills County, this includes properties south of Hwy 84 E and south of FM 574. The appraisers will be updating pictures and information on improvements in these areas.
The appraisers will have a sign on the side of their trucks showing that they are with the appraisal district and they will have photo identification. If any taxpayer is concerned about their legitimacy, they should call the district office at 325-648-2253. No appraiser will ever ask to come into anyone’s house. If anyone represents themselves as employees of the district or contractors and asks to see the interior of a taxpayer’s home, they should be denied access and the taxpayer should call law enforcement.
2022 ZONES TO BE APPRAISED – Please click Here to view the Zones.