The Young County Appraisal District saw another spike in valuation protests this year, up more than 300 from 2013. 

The deadline for protest has passed with 901 property owners filing protests.

Young County Chief Appraiser Luke Robbins said that the number jumped despite the fact that his office didn't send out as many rise-in-valuation notices as it did in 2013. 

“We're only obligated to send a notice of your appraised value if the taxable goes up over $1,000 or you're a new owner,” Robbins said. “So, a lot of the taxable values, some went up and some went down, but as a whole, we sent out less notices this year.”

In 2013, protesters in Young County numbered 588, and even though that total jumped substantially this year, Robbins said it was nothing compared to 2012.

“2012 was the biggie,” he said. “That year, we had 1,165.”

That was up from 290 protests in 2011, and Robbins explained that the reason for that spike was due to many valuation changes being made over the previous year. 

“In 2012, we instituted a new classification system for residential and commercial properties,” he said. “When you're appraising property on a mass scale, you assign each residence, for instance, a class, and they range from 1 to 6. And we differentiate frame homes from brick homes and homes with exterior siding, for example. The 1 through 6 is a quality rating based on the materials and the craftsmanship.”

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