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Adler, Crigler to report on appraisal challenge

Monday, August 24, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Mayor Steve Adler; Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo; Marya Crigler, chief appraiser for the Travis Central Appraisal District; Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt; and Dick Lavine, chair of the TCAD board; will appear together at a news conference at 9:30 a.m. today at City Hall to make an announcement about the city’s challenge to property appraisals in Travis County. The city of Austin has previously filed a challenge petition to try to force the appraisal district to reconsider appraisals for commercial property and vacant land. But the city presented no evidence to the appraisal review board so that TCAD could certify appraisals without further delay, which will presumably happen today. The challenge is now headed to District Court. Travis County Commissioners previously voted 3-2 against taking any action on the challenge. Eckhardt and Commissioner Brigid Shea wanted the county’s lawyers to assist the city with the challenge. According to a report released by the city on May 19, TCAD erroneously low-balled commercial properties by an average of 47 percent between 2012 to 2014.

This whisper has been corrected to fix a typo.

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