Fannin Central Appraisal District Reminds Property Owners to watch for their 2023 Notice of
The 2022 Notice of Appraised Value for all real properties in Fannin County will soon arrive in mail
boxes. The mailing of notices will begin on April 25, 2023. The notices will be mailed to the owner of
record at the address listed on the appraisal records. These notices are perhaps the most important
piece of mail you will receive from the Appraisal District and it is important that property owners read
and understand the contents. The notices also usher in the phase of the tax calendar known as
equalization—the time set aside in law for property owners or their authorized agents to address
concerns related to the information on the notices.
The real estate market has experienced significant changes in our county over the last year. The date of
appraisal, as required by law, is January 1, 2022, meaning the trends and market forces leading up to
and existing at that time were used to establish the values for 2023. We have included a letter which
outlines the process we will follow for this upcoming protest season. Property owners with a dispute
will need to first file a protest and indicate the nature of their dispute. This action secures your right to
a hearing before the Appraisal Review Board (ARB). Appraisers will review and, if possible, work to
resolve the issue informally. Most issues are easily resolved provided there is sufficient evidence to
allow a change. To expedite this process, owners/agents are encouraged to utilize the on-line portal
indicated on the appraisal notice. Otherwise, owners/agents can complete the protest form included
with their notice and either mail it in or hand deliver to the Appraisal District office. Please pay
attention to the deadline to protest. Although you have the right to protest, the law is very clear on the
deadline to exercise that right. So please take a little time, open the mail and raise whatever issue you
may have in a timely manner or early if possible. For a more detailed outline of property owner options
and additional information regarding this topic, please go to our webpage at www.fannincad.org and
review the news release as well as links to the comptroller’s page.
If you do not receive your notice by May 6th, please call our office at 903-583-8701 to make sure we are
reflecting the correct mailing address for the current property owner. Updating your mailing address is
easy. Simply contact the Appraisal District to obtain a change of address form or go online
at www.fannincad.org and click the “Forms” tab to submit the address change online. Changes of
address must be submitted in writing. It is the property owner’s responsibility to update the Appraisal
District in writing of their current mailing address.
Agricultural special valuation was not applied this year. If you purchased property in 2022 and that
property was receiving agricultural special valuation and you think it still is, OPEN THE NOTICE! Make
sure you know what we are granting, or not granting. Verify that everything is as you expected. If it is
not, you will need to follow some instructions included with the notice to protest. Please do NOT
disregard your notice and wait until October when the tax bill arrives. You will find the law is very strict
regarding agriculture and find yourself owing a lot more money than you may have budgeted. Once the
appraisal roll is certified to the taxing units in July, Agriculture cannot be applied that year.
Exemptions were not applied this year. If you purchased a property in 2022, any exemptions that were
awarded on that property were removed for 2023. The new owners were sent new applications and
have until April 30th to return the completed application to us. If you submitted an application timely,
then check and make sure the exemption is being applied.
I did not get my notice. Each year we get mail returned to us for a variety of reasons. We make every
attempt to get this notice into the right hands, but that effort is often hindered when property owners
do not update us in writing with their current mailing address. The notice goes to the most recent
address indicated on the appraisal records. Filing a change of address card for the post office does not
update the appraisal district. Property owners must notify the appraisal district in writing of the address
you would like our correspondence to be sent. So, if you did not receive your notice in the mail by May
6th, please call us so we can verify some information and keep you informed.
Property owner options: If a property owner has an issue with the notice of value, their right is to
submit a protest and secure their right to be heard. Submitting the protest communicates what the
issue is and provides our staff an opportunity to research the issue and possibly resolve it with the
property owner informally. Most protests can be resolved in this manner. Our recommendation for
property owners that need to address an issue regarding their notice—follow the guidance we provided
with your notice of value and submit a protest as soon as possible so that we can work the
issue. Property owners must submit their protest before the deadline indicated on the bottom of the
Protesting online: This year, the e-file protest option is available for all properties. The E-File PIN is on
the notice of value. This is an efficient way to raise an issue, provide evidence for consideration and
possibly settle the issue. Property owners still retain the right to appear before the Appraisal Review
Board (ARB) to have their dispute heard.
Protest by mail or hand deliver the protest. Protests submitted by Fax or Email are not accepted by the
ARB according to their policy. Please make sure you drop your protest off or place it in the mail by the
deadline indicated on the notice.
Take Away Message: Notices of appraised value are in the mail and being sent to owners of all real
property in Fannin County (some exclusions for BPP with extensions). Open and read the notice when
you receive it. It contains important information about your property, its value for taxation, exemptions
and more. Follow the instructions and engage the system in a timely manner.
Fannin Central Appraisal District