The Fort Bend County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office, in conjunction with the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District, will host a free property tax seminar on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the George Memorial Library in Richmond.
Presentations will be given by the Tax Assessor-Collector Carrie Surratt, and Jordan Wise, the newly appointed chief appraiser of the appraisal district.
A legal representative will also be on hand to answer taxpayer questions regarding delinquent taxes and payment options.
Seminar attendees can expect to gain an end-to-end understanding of the property tax process: how the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District assesses property values, the process for property owners to protest assessed property values, examples of exemptions for which property owners may be eligible, and the benefits and/or potential relief that comes with various tax exemptions.
The seminar will also review how property taxes are calculated for individual properties.
Surratt will cover how taxing jurisdictions generate and adopt effective tax rates, as well as the process by which the tax office calculates the overall tax levy for each property account. This will include any reductions to the base levy because of eligible exemptions.
Finally the presentation will review the accrual of penalties and interest from delinquent taxes, payment options for property owners whose taxes are in arrears, and potential legal remedies the county and/or other tax entities may seek for unpaid property taxes.
Charles A. “Chip” Sutton, Capital Partner with Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson, LLP, will be on hand to answer individual questions from property owners relating to delinquent property taxes.
All current and potential property owners in Fort Bend County are encouraged to attend the seminar and obtain a broader understanding of the appraisal and property tax process.