Appraisal District holds group hearings for protestors

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - There were about 20 people scheduled to come into the Angelina County Appraisal District Office Thursday to protest their new property value at a group hearing, but only two showed up. However, the chief appraiser said it's not uncommon among Texas appraisal districts.

The district said the group hearings are different than they've done in the past, but the Chief Appraiser, Jim Hogg, said he thinks the new way is more efficient and taxpayers don't have to wait as long.

"We look forward to talking to taxpayers. We've got them in groups, but when they come in, we want them to visit with us. We want to show them our evidence, we want them to review that. We don't want anybody to be surprised by anything," Hogg said.

He said they will have hearings for the next three weeks. If you are supposed to be at one,you should have already received an appointment letter, but, he said even though the deadline to protest has passed you can call or come by the office and someone will visit with you.

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