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Home appraisal districts in Texas are primarily set by county, and Denton County is no exception. Although, Denton County is 30 miles north of Dallas – Fort Worth, it is considered part of the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex and is one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation. The population as of 2007 was 612,357.

The Denton County appraisal district is responsible for each of the 168,069 housing units and the thousands of business properties located in the 958 square miles of the county. The median home value in the county is $165,213. Because of the relatively low housing values in Denton County and several other factors, the tax-rates have become some of the highest in the United States.

The Denton County appraisal district is governed by a board of directors and is funded by a pro rata share of property taxes being apportioned from each of the taxing units in the county. Although there are some minor differences in each taxing unit, generally, the share is based on the amount of taxes that have been levied by the unit as a percentage of the total of all taxing units.

The Directors of the Denton County appraisal district are chosen by the government body overseeing each taxing unit. Each of these government bodies votes on the annual budget for the district as well as the directors themselves. Usually, the elected county tax assessor serves as a director on the board. However, if the tax assessor is not selected for the board, he or she is automatically eligible to serve as an extra, non-voting director.

In addition to the board of directors, the Denton County appraisal district is also governed by the appraisal review board. Review board members are appointed by the board of directors, but each must meet the standard eligibility requirements:

• Must be a current resident inside the district.
• Current residency must have been established a minimum of two years prior to appointment.
• May not be simultaneously on the board of directors, an employee of the appraisal district, an employee of the tax office, or perform work in any way for the office of the Comptroller.
• May not have held any of the above positions in the four years preceding appointment.
• May not have been required to appear before the review board for compensation in the four years preceding appointment.
• Must not be closely related to any paid tax agents or property appraisers in the district. If related, the relation, both by blood or marriage, must be at least two degrees removed.

The Denton County appraisal district offices provide several services for home and property owners in the county. All forms regarding property taxes, such as appraisal requests, protest forms, affidavits of evidence, waivers, and applications for exemptions are filed with the office. Most of these forms can be downloaded directly from the Denton County appraisal district website, or they can be picked up in person. Other services provided online and in-person include agendas and minutes of the board meetings, property searches, and property sales information.

Contact Information is as follows:

Denton County Appraisal District

Physical Address
3911 Morse Street
Denton, TX 76208-6331

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2816
Denton, TX 76202-2816

Main Phone
940-349-3800

Main Fax
940-349-3801

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