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Appraisal District Overvalues Home by $135K

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Last year Kari Moroz and her husband bought a three-story town house on West Main near Shepherd.

The sale price: $536,000.

But the Harris County Appraisal District says its worth $671,000 - that's $135,000 more than what the couple paid for it.

"I was astounded I mean I just couldn't believe it," Moroz said. "So the first thing I did was pick up the phone and call the appraisal district."

Being a realtor, Moroz said she knew there were no houses in the area valued anywhere near $670,000.

"In addition they also had my square footage off by almost 500 square feet," Moroz said.

Moroz said she repeatedly asked the appraisal district for an explanation.

"I just got blank faces I couldn't get an answer," Moroz said.

So Moroz did what thousands of homeowners do each year, request a hearing with the appraisal district to protest their property taxes.

"Our office is not here to protect the tax base we're here to fairly allocate a tax burden," Roland Altinger with the Harris County Appraisal District said.

When it was all said and done the appraisal district agreed Moroz was right and HCAD was wrong.

"We agreed with the property owner that we should lower it to their purchase price and we did so," Altinger said.

"I got that over and over again, Moroz said."I had several people probably half a dozen people tell me yea you're right."

Still Moroz didn't see a reduction in her 2009 property taxes.

Why?

Turns out she missed the deadline.

"If you procrastinate and miss the deadlines it will not be in your favor when it's all said and done," Altinger said.

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