Appraisal protest

I received a letter today to fight the appraisal on my land. I am not an accountant or a lawyer! I have too give them a written affidavit with my evidence
I think I did this when I filled out the complaint form! I have a conference call on the 9th of September at 9:50 am… How do they expect regular land owners to fight these increases,do they have buyers ready too jump on the land? I don’t know what to do except call them and look like a jerk with nothing to say except I don’t want to pay the increase.

1 Like

Have a location or legal description of land in Reeves County?

AB# 3874 Blk: 7 Section 14 E 1/2 of Ne 1/4 of NE1/4 Section 14 Block 7, H&Gn Ry .co.survey. Reeve’s county Thank you

1 Like

Hello Here is contact info for the fantastic lawyer I have used for various situations regarding my property in Reeves county. Very smart, kind, reliable, professional and does a fantastic job.

He is located near the court house in Reeves county

Matthew L. Florez

Attorney & Counselor at Law

Certified Mediator

Law Firm of Matthew L. Florez, P.C.

401 South Cypress Street

P.O. Box 272

Pecos, Texas 79772

Office: (432) 698-1868

Fax: (432) 698-3322

2 Likes

Thank you very much!

1 Like

We hired a firm that does the protest for you (Midland and Upton). They saved us about $1,000 (about 20%) of which they charge between 33% of what they save you.

Had my time with the Reeves cty appraisal board recently. They quickly offered 25percent reduction off the 72 000 for my 160 ac.I did the math and decided that wasn’t very much, so I mentioned the 35k I had offered in my protest which was nearly twice last years amount. Also mentioned my well was making a fraction of most others and the uncertainty of future production due to the political climate of anti fossil fuel.Like buying a car,I countered with 40k.After them talking to the head appraiser,45 was as good as they would do ,which I accepted. Consider ing the tremendous population increase,I suppose they are desperate for money.Thanks ,as always to the forum. CJ

2 Likes

CJ - thanks for the post. I have had my call twice cancelled. So still waiting. Where is the property located in Reeves County? Block/Section? Thanks.

Morning Dave. Northwest quarter of sec 68 , blk 13, AB 5487. The person I talked to was Brandy. Like you , my appointment time was changed and they were to call and didn’t so I called them at 8:30. I suppose they are super busy considering the number of mineral owners in Reeves cty. I probably talked to her an hour. Good luck. CJ

1 Like

CJ, appreciate what you’ve shared.

Curious if your protest covered their appraisal of the your land or also mineral interest since you mentioned the decline of production on your well? If you are talking about an appraisal of the surface value, also wondered if the District person you were talking to provided any comparable sales information their valuation was based on, or was it mainly “horse trading” of their proposed number versus yours?

1 Like

Dusty. Mostly talked about the well and it’s production or lack of. A comparison of my property value and some that had been sold in Pecos was mentioned briefly. I assured them without the well my property would be worth no more than I paid for it in 1998.You’re right about most of the time was spent haggling. They said I could make an appointment to appear in n person before the board and might get a better deal or not get anything at all. It is a long trip from here to Pecos. Might add I asked if and when the well became unprofitable would my tax rate revert to the same as 3 years ago. No answer there either. Hope I answered your questions.CJ

2 Likes

Thanks Charles appreciate the detail.