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May 7th, 2009
Hays County’s appraised values increase nearly $1 billion


Hays County’s property values are up nearly $1 billion over last year according to preliminary appraisals announced by the Hays Central Appraisal District.

Total appraised values in the county are preliminary set at $14.16 billion for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, up from $13.19 billion for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

Commercial properties increased in value by 16 percent, from $1.12 billion in 2008 to $1.3 billion this year. Residential multi-family properties increased 5.32 percent, from $499 million to $526 million. Vacant, platted tracts increased 39 percent, driven in party by the addition of 2,972 platted tracts to the appraisal roll.

Average single-family home values also increased countywide although by markedly smaller percentages than other properties:

  • The average home value in Hays County increased about 1.76 percent to $167,440 for 2009.
  • The average home value in the Dripping Springs ISD increased about 1.0 percent to $278,734 for 2009.
  • The average home value in the Hays CISD increased about 0.6 percent to $134,625 for 2009.
  • The average home value in the City of Kyle decreased about 1 percent to $132,668 for 2009.
  • The average home value in the City of Buda increased about 1.7 percent to $160,153 for 2009.
  • The average home value in the City of San Marcos increased about 1.6 percent to $120,124 for 2009.
  • The average home value in the San Marcos CISD increased about 1.4 percent to $130,489 for 2009.
  • The average home value in the Wimberley ISD increased about 3.4 percent to $194,598 for 2009.
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5 thoughts on “Hays County’s appraised values increase nearly $1 billion

  1. What else would you expect, despite the reality that every property and the unemployed know otherwise?

    The Central Appraisal Board is made up of taxing entities and each of them have operating budgets that depend on rising property taxes.

    Commissioner Barton’s newspaper has been touting how Hays County escaped the recession. Lower property tax appraisals would simply mean lower tax revenues and that won’t do.

    Anyone who believes the Hays County Central Appraisal District appraisals is foolish.

    Everyone who protests their unrealistic “preliminary” appraisal values will lower their tax bill for next year. The HCCAD cannot justify their numbers.

    File a protest before June 1 and lower your property taxes.

  2. Yes. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that Hays is one of the fastest growing counties in Texas. Or those aquifer sucking houses your always crying about. Plus I be a bunch of people added swimming pools.

  3. The Hays County Central Appraisal District folks are either smoking dope, or the public officials who oversee the CAD are protecting their operating budgets by estimating a property tax base that defies all logic and recession data, and hope that property owners don’t revolt.

    The Hays Central Appraisal District Board is made up of seven directors elected by the governing boards of the taxing entities that participate in the appraisal district.

    The County Tax-Assessor/Collector serves as a voting, member of the Hays CAD Board.
    Daniel Guerrero —- Chairman —- City of San Marcos
    Luanne Caraway —- Vice Chairman —- Hays County
    Joe Castillo —- Secretary —- San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District
    Dennis Miller —- Hays Consolidated Independent School District
    Galen Dodson —- Dripping Springs Independent School District
    Abel Tenorio —- Hays Consolidated Independent School District
    Dave Williams —- Wimberley Independent School District

    Now if you had an operating budget based on property taxes…and you oversaw an appraisal organization that operates by gosh and by golly…wouldn’t you just make up property values that kept your tax based budget afloat?

    Not if you were honest and professional.

    Foreclosure and sweetheart prices don’t count, but the CAD folks can lower improvement values (homes) while raising the land values. It’s called slight of hand.

    Any property owner who received any increased appraisal value would be foolish not to protest that increase before June 1, 2009.

  4. Nice try Charles, but the CAD Board doesn’t set the values. That is done by professional appraisers. And it is based on a comparison with similar home sales. They don’t pull the values out of their a@% the way you do your so-called facts. Besides, if that were true, how would you account for the loss in value of property in Kyle.

    You might want to give people a little more advice in the way of exactly HOW to protest their property increase. It’s not as easy as you make it sound. People who want to protest their property values have to present a reason for it – based on surrounding property values and sales. It takes a lot of time and research.

  5. Lila Darling,

    Your last post makes you appear dumber than a stump.

    The CAD Board oversees the CAD. You know, policy, procedures, etc.

    Our property values are set by professional appraisers?

    What is that suppose to mean?

    Read the law. Research our Hays County CAD and then come back and post.

    Jeeeze. Don’t make posts like you just did and erase all doubt.

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