Nearly 150,000 Fort Bend County homeowners sent wrong property tax bill

By Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas - A huge error at the Fort Bend County Appraisal District has many people who live there frustrated and confused.

Nearly half of all of all of the property tax notices mailed out late last week were wrong. Homeowners were sent notices that made it appear they owed thousands of dollars more on their property tax bills than they actually do.

"I knew it was coming May 1," said Ted Schumann.

So Schumann trudged to the mailbox to find out what he would owe the tax man this year.

"The taxes went up about $4,000 from what it was last year. It was unbelievable to me. Then I started looking at it closer and started adding up the numbers and the numbers don't even add up," he said.

Schumann's bill lists all of his estimated taxes, but the total number is off by about $3,000 in the tax man's favor.

"Personally, I thought it was sloppy work sending this out to all the taxpayers," said Schumann.

Fort Bend Central's chief appraiser told KPRC 2 News the errors were not discovered until after they were mailed out. He said it was human error and that the employee responsible would be disciplined.

In all, 145,656 notices were wrong. They'll be refigured, reprinted and mailed again. Postage alone. will cost the county almost $73,000.

"Seventy-three thousand dollars or so down the drain for a mistake that shouldn't have happened in the first place," Schumann said.

The chief appraiser told us the new corrected tax notices will be mailed on May 12. The new deadline to file a protest will be June 12.

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