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Howard Central Appraisal District

From the Chief Appraiser

Effective August 1, Patricia Davis, retired as Howard Central Appraisal District chief appraiser. 

We wish Ms. Davis the best in her retirement.

I was recently hired as interim chief appraiser because I am familiar with the district having served in that capacity in 2020 and part of 2021. I look forward to working with the taxpayers of the county for the next year. I will be providing training for the staff in all aspects of district operations and it is the hope of the Board of Directors that they will be able to name a chief from within the office saving taxpayer monies as well as having a future chief appraiser who is familiar with the Howard County communities and people.

My focus will be to provide excellent customer service and efficiency of operations as we convert to a new software system in the spring of 2023. That software will provide our constituents with a great deal of information that will ensure accurate appraisals and equality of taxation.

If you have any suggestions for improving our office, please feel free to come by and visit with me or give me a call.

Richard Petree
Interim Chief Appraiser

Richard Petree
Western Valuation and Consulting, LLC
1250 Petroleum, Building A
Abilene, TX 79602

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

Mission Statement

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