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Relating to the authority of the chief appraiser of an appraisal district to increase the appraised value of property in the tax year following the year in which the appraised value of the property is lowered as a result of a protest or appeal.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1313 would make it more difficult for a chief appraiser to increase the appraised value of a property that has had its appraisal lowered as a result of a protest. The bill would require clear and convincing evidence (rather than substantial evidence) for an increase on the property's appraised value in the next tax year.
Texas Action supports HB 1313 for promoting the principles of limited government and property rights. This bill would protect property owners by requiring the chief appraiser to present sufficient evidence justifying an increase in appraised value.