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A property owner who owns a property on January 1 of the year in which the tax is imposed is liable for all taxes due on the property for that year. This means that an owner who owned taxable property on January 1 can be sued personally for delinquent taxes on a property, even if the property has been sold or transferred since then. It is in the best interest of the seller and buyer as well to make sure that the transfer has been filed with the County Clerk’s office and the change of ownership provided to the appraisal district and taxing entities.
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Property taxes – also called ad valorem taxes – are locally assessed taxes. The county appraisal district appraises property located in the county, while local taxing units set tax rates and collect property taxes based on those values. Property taxes provide more tax dollars for local services in Texas than any other source of revenue. They help pay for public schools, city streets, county roads, police, fire protection, and many other services.
The amount of taxes paid on a property is based on the property’s taxable value which is appraised by the Maverick County Appraisal District and the tax rate which is adopted by the taxing unit’s governing body.
The value on your property is determined by the Maverick County Appraisal District. The appraisal district is responsible for discovering, listing and appraising all taxable properties within its jurisdiction. The Chief Appraiser is the chief administrator of the appraisal office.
Every year from March through May, the appraisal district sends out notices to property owners whose property values are subject to change. During this period, the property owner may meet with the appraisers and try to come to an agreement. If the property owner is not in agreement with the value, he/she may file a protest and have their case heard by the Appraisal Review Board. The protest, however, must be filed by the deadline given by the appraisal office.
If your property is situated within the city limits, your property will be taxed by the city, county, hospital, and school district. If your property is situated outside the city limits, your property will be taxed by the county, hospital and school district. The hospital taxes are collected by the county.
Exemptions exclude a part or whole value of a property from taxation. This lowers the tax amount due on a property. The taxing entity’s governing body determines what exemptions are offered for each taxing unit. The exemptions offered by the City of Eagle Pass are:
This exemption exempts $9,000 off the total taxable value. To qualify, you must own your home on January 1st, the property owner must be 65 years of age or older and the property be their homestead.
Property owners who qualify for a 65 or Over Homestead Exemption may pay their current year taxes in four equal installments without penalty and interest. In order to qualify for this payment plan, the property owner must notify our office and make the 1st installment no later than January 31st. The payment deadlines are as follows:
This exemption exempts from $5,000 up to $12,000 of the taxable value on any property owned by the taxpayer. The exemption amount is based on the percentage of disability.
All applications for any exemptions must be filled out at the Maverick County Appraisal District. The Chief Appraiser determines if an applicant qualifies for an exemption and notifies the respective taxing units.
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Any change regarding the ownership of a property or change of mailing address must be reported to the Maverick County Appraisal District. The appraisal office will then notify the taxing units of the change.
The tax bills go out around October 1st of each year and are due upon receipt. Payment for current taxes must be made by January 31st to avoid paying penalties and interest. The taxes become delinquent on February 1st of the following year in which they were imposed and are subject to penalty and interest and possible legal action. Penalties are as follows:
Attorney fees for delinquent taxes are added on the 1st day of July.
Note: If an installment payment is late, a 6% penalty will be added plus 1% interest for every month delinquent.
The taxes become delinquent on February 1st of the following year in which they were imposed and are subject to penalty and interest and possible legal action.
Our office will honor post-marked payments only if it bears a post office cancellation mark of a date earlier than the delinquent date. However, it is the taxpayer’s responsibility to ensure that the payment is stamped with the same date it is delivered to the post office.
Our office accepts cash, money orders, checks and cashier checks. Now accepting online payments.
If your taxes are paid by a mortgage company or bank, it is the responsibility of the mortgage companies and banks to notify our office as to which properties they will be responsible for paying.
Our office will code the accounts accordingly and send the tax bill to the Mortgage Company or Bank only. Mortgage Companies and Banks usually pay our office in December or January. It’s the taxpayers’ responsibility to make sure taxes are paid. We strongly suggest that you call our office to make sure they paid your taxes.