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TCAD may reinstate informal hearings
Thursday, December 12, 2019 by Jo Clifton
After its expensive decision to end informal in-person meetings between property owners and appraisal district employees during the 2019 protest season, the Travis Central Appraisal District is now asking the public for feedback on the possibility of reinstating those hearings. TCAD is encouraging people to voice opinions on its Facebook page. As attorney Bill Aleshire has noted, eliminating informal meetings cost the district as much as $2 million as thousands of people sat waiting for formal hearings on matters that could have been settled months earlier. (Read the Monitor‘s coverage here, here and here.) According to a press release from the district, property owners are encouraged to leave their feedback until 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 16. According to the same press release, Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler recommended to the group’s board of directors that they reinstate informal in-person meetings for the 2020 protest season. The board will discuss the recommendation at a work session, which is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 18 at the TCAD office at 8314 Cross Park Drive.
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