Sugar Land, Texas – In addition to budget reductions necessary to respond to current economic conditions, the budget amendment approved by the Sugar Land City Council on Oct. 19 also included an intentional emphasis on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.
The budget amendment reflects City Council’s recent adoption of a resolution requesting the reappraisal of 2017 values for properties in the city that were damaged by the storm. Additional Harvey-related items included the identification of more than $200,000 for current-year engineering studies to help identify the feasibility of improvements to the city’s drainage system in areas that had structural flooding - as well as establishment of a reserve in the Capital Improvement Program. The reserve will help expedite any projects identified through studies and to repair city facilities and public infrastructure damaged during the storm – such as the need to make repairs to the Wood Street Bridge as a result of erosion of the supporting embankment.
“While we know that our city overall fared as well or better than any area within the region during Hurricane Harvey, that does not diminish the pain and stress of the Sugar Land residents who were impacted,” said City Manager Allen Bogard. “Reappraisals will be an important benefit for property owners who are experiencing a financial burden due to this unprecedented event. Additionally, creating capacity to better study areas impacted and to address damage from the storm – much of which is only now becoming visible – is important to furthering the resiliency of the city now and in the future.”
For residents and businesses who experienced property damage, any reduction in property value will be prorated as of Aug. 28, reducing city property tax liability for this year. The Fort Bend Central Appraisal District is only evaluating properties that were damaged as a result of the storm. All affected areas will be reviewed again in 2018.
Reappraisal information can be found at the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District website, Forms/Submissions menu, Disaster Reappraisal: http://fbcad.org/Forms-Submissions/Disaster-Reappraisal. Date stamped copies of photos of damages, insurance estimates, contractor estimates, receipts for repairs and any pertinent information will assist the district in determining the impact to property and can be submitted online; emailed to email@example.com; or mailed or delivered to the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District Office, FBCAD Disaster Relief, 2801 B F Terry Blvd., Rosenberg, Texas, 77471. Do not submit original photos or documentation, as they cannot be returned.
Once damage assessment is completed, a Natural Disaster Notice of Appraised Value will be sent to the property owner with the value for Aug. 28 to the end of the year. The owner will have 30 days from the date of that notice to protest the value, including if property owners do not wish to accept the reappraised value.
The appraisal district must have current mailing address information for property owners as soon as possible. If a resident has a temporary mailing address or a change of address, send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Fort Bend Central Appraisal District, 2801 B. F. Terry Blvd., Rosenberg, Texas, 77471-5600. To update the mailing address, it must be submitted in writing.
For questions or additional information, call (281) 344-8623 or visit http://fbcad.org/Forms-Submissions/Disaster-Reappraisal.