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OUR MISSION. OUR VISION. OUR VALUES.

OUR MISSION

The mission of Travis Central Appraisal District, in accordance with the Texas Constitution and the laws of the state, is to provide accurate appraisal of all property in Travis County at one hundred percent market value, equally and uniformly, in a professional, ethical, economical and courteous manner, working to ensure that each taxpayer pays only their fair share of the property tax burden.

OUR VISION

The Travis Central Appraisal District will act in agreement with the highest principals of professional conduct, ethics, accountability, efficiency, openness, skill, and integrity. We approach our activities with a deep sense of purpose and responsibility to ensure fairness and equality for all taxpayers of Travis County while striving to be the premier CAD in the state by being an innovative and knowledgeable workforce.

OUR VALUES

Appraise

Appraise fairly, uniformly, efficiently, and effectively, balancing the needs of both taxpayers and taxing units by adhering to the Texas Property Tax Code, USPAP, and generally accepted appraisal standards.

Educate

Educate taxpayers of their rights, remedies, and responsibilities.

Communicate

Communicate collaboratively with and encourage communication among the taxing units, taxpayer public, and the agency.

Service

Provide exceptional customer service that is accessible, accurate, responsive and transparent.

Performance

Demand integrity, accountability and high standards from all staff and strive continuously for excellence and efficiency.

RESPONSIBILITY

The Appraisal District’s primary responsibility is to develop an annual appraisal roll for use by taxing units in imposing ad valorem taxes on property in the district. TCAD is governed by the Board of Directors, who is primarily responsible for the hiring of the Chief Appraiser as well as approving the annual budget.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What does an appraisal district do?2020-10-29T14:38:28-05:00

Each Texas county is served by an appraisal district that determines the value of all of the county’s real and personal property. Generally, a local government that collects property taxes, such as a county, city and school district, is a member of the appraisal district.

What is a taxing entity?2020-10-29T14:48:13-05:00

Taxing entities are the local government entities such as  cities, hospital districts, junior colleges, and municipal utility districts. Taxing entities provide services to the taxpayers they service such as schools, roads, police, fire, and other services taxpayers expect.

What is TCAD’s fax number?2020-11-20T14:58:19-06:00

We have discontinued accepting fax communications. We accept US mail, email and hand delivery.

By what authority is my property taxed?2021-01-08T11:40:33-06:00

Property is taxed by the authority of the Texas Constitution. The Constitution sets forth five basic principles for property taxes in Texas.

  1. Taxes must be equal and uniform. No single property or type of property should pay more than its fair share.
  2. Property must be appraised on its current market value meaning the price that it would sell for on the open market when both the buyer and seller seek the best price and neither is under pressure to buy or sell.
  3. Each property in a county must have a single appraised value. This is guaranteed by the use of the county appraisal districts.
  4. All property is taxable unless federal or state law exempts it from the tax.
  5. Property owners have a right to reasonable notice of increases in their appraised property value.

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