What role does
the El Paso Central Appraisal District play in the tax system?
The Appraisal District sets the value of each
property in the County of El Paso
as of January 1 of each year.
What is an
Appraisal Review Board (ARB)?
The Appraisal Review Board (ARB) settles
disputes between property owners and the appraisal district
regarding property values and exemptions
The Board of Directors is comprised of five members and one "ex
officio" member who govern the operation of the appraisal
district by setting policies, adopting a budget, approving
contracts, etc. The County Tax Assessor/Collector, by law,
serves as the ex officio member of the Board. The remaining five
members must meet eligibility requirements. To be eligible to
serve on the Board of Directors, the individuals must be a
resident of the district and resided in the district for at
least two years immediately preceding the date the individuals
take office. Board members serve two-year terms beginning on
January 1 of even numbered years.Who
sets the tax rates?
The governing body (city council, school
board, county commissioners) of each taxing entity sets the
rates for their jurisdiction. The taxing units decide what
services they will provide in the coming year and how much money
they will need in order to provide those services. Each taxing
unit adopts a tax rate that will raise the needed tax dollars.
Where do I pay
The El Paso Central Appraisal District does
not levy taxes, set the tax rate or collect any taxes. To pay your taxes or obtain tax information, please contact the Consolidated Tax Office at (915) 541-4054. Their office is located on the third floor of the Wells Fargo Building, 221 N. Kansas Street. For online information, you may go to
What should you do if the
ownership on the appraisal district records does not reflect the
current ownership of a property?
If the appraisal record does not reflect the
current ownership, please contact the Deeds & Exemptions
Department at (915) 780-2066. Please
note that most title transactions take thirty (30) days to post
to our files.
can I change my mailing address?
Please provide a written request to the Deeds
& Exemptions Department, 5801 Trowbridge,
El Paso, Texas, 79925.
You may also email us at
Please indicate the correct address for your property and
daytime phone number where you can be reached.
The appraisal district will not make a mailing
address change over the telephone.
How do I apply for exemptions?
Exemption applications are available at the
appraisal district in the Deeds & Exemptions Department and may
be picked up between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Several exemption applications can be printed from the
page on this site.
You may also call (915) 780-2066 and request an application be
mailed to you.
How does the
filing of exemptions affect my property taxes?
The amount of the exemptions that are granted
by each taxing entity is subtracted from the market value of
your residence and the taxes are calculated on that "lower
value." In addition, when you turn 65, you may receive a "tax
ceiling" for your total school taxes; that is, the school taxes
on your residence cannot increase as long as you own and live in
that home. If you significantly improve your home (other than
ordinary repairs and maintenance), tax ceilings can go up. For
example, if you add a swimming pool, a garage, a storage
building, and a room to your home, or significantly remodel your
home, your tax ceiling can rise. It will also change if you move
to a new home. The tax ceiling is set at the amount you pay in
the year that you qualify for the senior citizen exemption. The
county, city or special district may adopt a tax ceiling.
How did the Appraisal District
arrive at my value?
Utilizing comparable sales, income and/or
cost data, an appraiser applied generally accepted appraisal
techniques to derive a value for your property.
All properties, both real and business personal property,
are assessed as of January 1 of each year.
What if I
disagree with the value of my property?
If you disagree with the appraisal districts
opinion of value, a property owner must notify the appraisal
district in writing by May 31 or 30 days from the date of the
Notice of Appraised Value. If the appraisal district generated
no Notice of Appraised Value, and you wish to protest, the
protest must be filed by May 31. The Notice of Protest does not
need not be an official form; however, the appraisal district
can send you a Notice of Protest form to complete and submit.
Please contact the
EPCAD Phone Bank at (915) 780-2131 and request that a form be
mailed to you. You
may also submit a signed letter stating the protesting property
owner's name, identifying the subject property and the
indicating the issue that you wish to protest.
What is a capped value and do I get one automatically?
Texas Property Tax Code, Section 23.23,
allows for a 10% cap on residential properties where owners
have filed a residential homestead exemption.
Please note that the cap is affected by the addition of
new improvements added in that year (i.e., additions, pools,
Value minus applicable exemptions equals Taxable Value.
Does it cost anything to protest your property?
NO FEE associated with
the filing of a protest or for filing for exemptions.
You may get solicitations from companies offering to help
lower your property taxes by filing for exemptions you might be
entitled to or for filing a protest on your behalf, however,
most homeowners can manage the appeals process on their own.
EPCAD’s staff will guide you through the process.
general information, please contact the EPCAD Phone Bank at