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Howard Central Appraisal District

For Immediate Release

The Howard Central Appraisal District recently received great news from the State Comptroller. All schools in Howard County were brought into compliance with state law and will be fully funded in revenues from the Texas Education Agency. In prior years, each of the schools had faced shortages due to the failure of the Property Value Study, a ratio study of sales compared to local values of property. State law requires that the composite ratio be at least 95% of market value.

Big Spring ISD was brought into compliance last year and local value was accepted this year. Forsan ISD, that was out of compliance last year came in at 95.9% while Coahoma ISD’s study indicated a ratio of 95.2%. The appraisal district will continue to monitor sales data for 2023 to ensure that the local values remain in compliance with law.

Additionally, the appraisal district was notified that the Methods and Assistance audit that had been failed in prior years, received a perfect score for 2022. The Methods and Assistance audit looks at governance, taxpayer assistance, operating procedures, appraisal processes, and appraisal methodologies. The review examined 92 areas of district operation to verify adherence to state law, rules, and regulations.

Clarissa Teichman, Deputy Chief Appraiser, responded to the good news. “lam so proud of the progress we have made at HCAD in the past three years. Our customers, the taxpayers, find a high level of customer service, a new website filled with good and accurate information, and a staff that seeks to help people instead of placing roadblocks in their way.
We are not through with our progress and look forward to doing all we can to continue to improve our service to all our constituents.”

The Board of Directors received the news of the district’s success at their monthly meeting February 8th and commended the staff for their good work.

For additional comments or information, contact Clarissa at (432) 263-8301 or Richard Petree, Interim Chief Appraiser at (325)829-0614, or Scott Emerson, Chairman of the Board, at (432) 213-1284.

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. Howard Central Appraisal District is responsible for appraising all real and business personal property within Howard County. The district appraises property according to the Texas Property Tax Code and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP).

Howard Central Appraisal District is responsible for the fair market appraisal of properties within each of the following taxing entities. Additional responsibilities include change of address and public information requests.

Thanks for visiting with us and we hope you’ll find all the information you need right here on the site, but please don’t hesitate to email, call or come by – we’re here to help!

Some Property Owners Will be Receiving A Request For Current Agricultural Applications To Be Filed With The Appraisal District:

Some property owners will be receiving a letter from the Howard Central Appraisal District requesting a current application for 1-D-1 (Open Space) Agricultural Use Appraisal.

The Appraisal District is in the process of updating its records and needs to obtain the most current information on these properties in order to be in compliance with State requirements regarding these forms. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause our property owners and would like to insure everyone that the Appraisal District staff will be available to assist with questions or concerns regarding the reapplication process. Please do not hesitate to contact our office at (432) 263-8301 or come by 315 Main St, Big Spring, TX 79720.  It is our goal to make this process as simple as possible for those property owners affected by this request.


Avoid this SCAM

If you’ve gotten a letter recently telling you about a great opportunity to declare your property as a homestead and receive a tax exemption, it’s time to read the fine print. If you ever receive letters or documents that appear to be from legitimate businesses, but you’re concerned they sound too good to be true, don’t hesitate to use all the resources at your disposal to verify their authenticity. Howard Central Appraisal District office can also help you to avoid scams related to home and property taxes.

In recent months, residents in Howard County have reported receiving letters from a company that prepares homestead forms to get a property designated a homestead in exchange for a fee. Unfortunately, a homestead designation is NOT the same thing as a homestead exemption. Homestead designation is a form submitted in order to declare a property a homestead for the public record. This can protect a home from forced sale, but it’s not legally necessary to have your property designated a homestead in the public record in order to receive a homestead tax exemption. You can receive help to apply for exemptions free of charge from your local Howard Central Appraisal District.

County Taxing Entities:

Howard County
Borden Independent School District
Sands Independent School District
Big Spring Independent School District
Coahoma Independent School District
Forsan Independent School District
Stanton Independent School District
City of Coahoma
City of Forsan
City of Big Spring
Howard County Junior College District
Permian Basin Water Conservation District

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Courteously And Respectfully Serve
The Public And It’s Entities
By Providing An Equal And Uniform
Appraisal Roll In An Accurate
And Timely Manner
While Preserving And Ensuring The
Rights Of Property Owners