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Protest Process

Every year, in May, Shelby County property owners whose market value has increased by at least $500 over the last year will receive a Notice of Appraised Value. This notice contains three important values:

Market value: This is the value based on what your property would sell for as of January 1.
Assessed value: This is the reduced value of your property based on limitations provided by having a homestead exemption.
Taxable value: This is the assessed value minus any exemption amounts. It is the value used to calculate your property taxes for each taxing unit.

If you do not receive a Notice of Appraised Value, you can view your property’s values using the property search feature of our website.

If you believe the market value of your property is incorrect, you have the right to protest that value. The deadline to file your protest for the 2024 protest season is May 31st, 2024, or 30 days after the notice is mailed. If you choose to protest the value of your property, you can initiate the protest in one of several ways:

At this time, only properties with a homestead exemption can protest online.  This is the easiest and fastest way to initiate and manage your protest. By filing online, you will receive an immediate confirmation that your protest has been filed. 

By Mail
You can send us your protest by mail at:
Shelby County Appraisal District
724 Shelbyville Street

Center, Texas 75935

You can drop off your protest form at our office during normal business hours:
724 Shelbyville Street

Center, Texas 75935

After you file your protest, or even before, you can participate in an informal meeting with an appraiser. If you do not accept a settlement offer from the appraisal district during the informal process, you will be given the opportunity to be heard by the Shelby County Appraisal Review Board (ARB).

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