Protest Process

Protest Process

Appraisal Review Board (ARB) Hearings

The Stephens County Appraisal Review Board (ARB) is an independent group of citizens authorized to resolve disputes between taxpayers and the appraisal district. The ARB sits in panels of three to hear testimony and review evidence to determine property owner protests that were not resolved during the informal process.

What Happens During an ARB Hearing:

both a property owner and a representative from the appraisal district will present their evidence and take questions from a panel of ARB members. 

Following this presentation, the panel will make a decision based on evidence regarding the protest. Hearings typically last 15 to 20 minutes. Approximately three to four weeks after the hearing, the property owner will receive a Notice of Final Order via certified mail.

The ARB hearing process will begin in June. Property owners will be allowed to participate in their hearings in several ways:

By phone/videoconference: 

Property owners will be allowed to present their case via a telephone/videoconference hearing

By affidavit: 

Property owners will be allowed to submit their evidence and arguments by written affidavit.

In person:

If requested, property owners will be allowed to attend an in-person hearing at SCAD’s office.

Important Information

The Stephens County ARB will contact property owners with information on their scheduled hearing date and time at least 15 days before their scheduled hearing. 

That notification will also contain information on how to attend a phone hearing, submit an affidavit, or request an in-person hearing. 

Property owners who cannot make the date/time of their hearing before the Appraisal Review Board may request that their hearing be rescheduled.

Property owners who wish to appeal the decision of the ARB may do so in binding arbitration or District Court.