Photo: Mark Mulligan, Houston Chronicle / Houston Chronicle
A pile of debris sits on a curb along Talton Street in the East Houston neighborhood south of Halls Bayou, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Houston. Homes throughout the neighborhood, which is not designated as being in a floodplain, were extensively flooded by Harvey as well as earlier flood events, especially Tropical Storm Allison. ( Mark Mulligan / Houston Chronicle )
Usually by now, homeowners in Harris County have either come to terms with their new property appraisals or are in the process of fighting the taxing district for a lower value.
Yet owners of some 175,000 residential properties, about half of them in areas that experienced flooding during Hurricane Harvey, are still waiting to find out if their property values went up or down this year.
So while Tuesday was the deadline to file a protest with the Harris County Appraisal District, these owners remain in limbo, their properties still listed on the district website as “pending.” Appraisers cite the increased difficulty of determining values in the wake of last August’s tropical devastation, which flooded tens of thousands of homes.
“Harvey has kind of tripled the workload,” HCAD spokesman Jack Barnett said Tuesday.
Property owners should receive their updated values for 2018 within the next month, Barnett said. They will still have 30 days to file a protest, he said.