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May 14, 2013 5:18 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Nueces County Residents Appeal Property Values

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Nueces County Appraisal District offices have been filled with property owners angry over their property values the last couple weeks.

It's that time of year when you get that notice in the mail telling you what your house is worth.

It's a simple concept, the higher your property value, the more money you pay in property tax.

We went down to the District offices where people told us they don't quite understand how this process works.

There's already been over 1,000 appeals so far.

"It seems to be no rhyme or reason it it," Abel Pulibo says.

Pulibo is a southside resident who's seen his property value fluctuate by over $40,000 in the last few years.

"I just want to find out how they figure stuff out," he says.

And that could be a tough task.

You see, it's not just about the size and condition of your house, it's where it's located, what other houses are selling for, and how well the economy is doing, among other things.

Chief Appraiser Ronnie Canales says he knows what people think.

"What are we smoking," he kidded.

But the truth is if you have a legitimate appeal and you bring documenation, you can be successful.

That's what William Smith did. He showed the Appraisal District that his house had more damage than they realized.

They took $9,000 off his value.

That's 9,000 less dollars he has to pay taxes on.

"Yes. We do make mistakes, but we do correct those mistakes once the information is provided to us," Canales says.

He added that overall, the county has seen an increase in value.

Pulibo says he just wants it to be fair.

"I don't mind paying taxes as long as it's fair," he says.

The deadline for most to appeal is May 31st.

If you got your notice late, you have 30 days from that day to appeal.

The Appraisal District says they've been getting about 40 appeals a day.

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