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2014 Comanche CAD Annual Report




The Comanche Central Appraisal District (CCAD) is a political subdivision of the state formed by the Texas Legislature in 1979.  The operation of the Appraisal District is governed by the Constitution of the State of Texas, the Texas Property Tax Code, and the Rules of the Texas Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division.




The mission of Comanche Central Appraisal District is to discover, list and appraise property as accurately, ethically and impartially as possible in order to estimate the market value of all property within the boundaries of the district for ad valorem tax purposes. The effective date for appraisal of real property is January 1st.  A Personal Property Owner can elect to have their business personal property appraised as of September 1st. The district must make sure that each taxpayer is given the same consideration, information and assistance as the next. This will be done by administering the laws under the property tax system and operating under the standards of:

  • The Property Tax Assistance Division of the Texas State Comptroller’s Office (PTAD),
  • The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), and
  • The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).




The appraisal district is governed by a Board of Directors whose primary responsibilities are to:

  • Establish the district’s office,
  • Adopt its operating budget,
  • Contract for necessary services,
  • Hire the Chief Appraiser,
  • Appoint the Appraisal Review Board (ARB)
  • Provide advice and consent to the Chief Appraiser concerning the appointment of an Agricultural Advisory Board,
  • Make general policies on the appraisal district’s operations, and
  • Biennially develop a written plan for the periodic reappraisal of all property within the district’s boundaries.


To be eligible to serve on the board of directors, a person must have resided within the boundaries of the county for at least two years prior to their appointment. Their terms are not staggered. There are no legal limits to the number of terms a board member can serve. The Chief Appraiser is the chief administrator of the appraisal district and is appointed by the board of directors. The chief appraiser must be licensed (or actively working toward licensing) as a Registered Professional Appraiser (RPA) through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.


Members of the Appraisal Review Board are appointed by the Board of Directors. ARB members serve two year staggered terms, for maximum of 3 consecutive two year terms. Their responsibility is to settle value disputes.  Their decisions regarding value are binding to the chief appraiser for the tax years protested.


The Ag Advisory Board is appointed by the Board of Directors at the recommendation of the chief appraiser to aide them in determining typical practices, standards, lease rates and expenses for agricultural activities in the district. They serve at the will of the Board of Directors.


Taxing Jurisdictions


The Comanche Central Appraisal District is responsible for appraising 17,981 properties located within the 951 square miles of Comanche County. The following are the taxing jurisdictions with in the district:

  1. City of Comanche
  2. City of De Leon
  3. City of Gustine
  4. County Road
  5. Comanche County
  6. Hospital District
  7. Blanket ISD
  8. Comanche ISD
  9. De Leon ISD
  10. Dublin ISD
  11. Gorman ISD
  12. Gustine ISD
  13. Hamilton ISD
  14. Hico ISD
  15. Lingleville ISD
  16. May ISD
  17. Mullin ISD
  18. Priddy ISD
  19. Rising Star ISD
  20. Sidney ISD
  21. Zephyr ISD
  22. Trinity Water






Property Types Appraised


CCAD staff is responsible for appraising 16,541 residential, commercial, land and business personal property accounts. CCAD contracts with Capitol Appraisal Group, Inc. to appraise 1,440 accounts which includes oil and gas properties, utilities, pipelines, industrial property, and industrial personal property in the district.


The following is the summary of property types and their certified values:

Code Property Type Parcel Count New Market Value Market Value
A Single Family Residences 4,303 $1,196,490 $176,599,321
B Multi Family Residences 26 $0 $1,461,880
C Vacant Lot 2,166 $0 $11,834,021
D1 Qualified Ag Land 7,777 $0 $1,288,758,627
D2 Non-Qualified Land 2,233 $414,460 $29,944,099
E Farm & Ranch Improvements 2,952 $3,258,290 $175,759,676
F1 Commercial Real Property 618 $1,287,390 $42,938,751
F2 Industrial Real Property 56 $1,264,800 $10,013,810
G1 Oil & Gas 815 $0 $16,342,267
J2 Gas Distribution System 7 $0 $1,805,260
J3 Electric Company 65 $0 $28,212,430
J4 Telephone Company 39 $0 $3,546,020
J5 Railroad 14 $0 $1,207,930
J6 Pipeline Company 85 $0 $6,512,150
J7 Cable Television Company 4 $0 $9,270
L1 Commercial Personal Property 519 $0 $23,109,830
L2 Industrial Personal Property 121 $0 $44,099,120
M1 Tangible Personal Mobile Home 249 $161,280 $3,689,150
S Special Inventory 15 $0 $4,156,470
X Total Exempt Property 845 $539,040 $60,050,818
Totals $8,121,750 $1,930,050,900
Land Type Description Total Acres Market Value Ag Value
Dryland Crop 67,558.738 $151,372,467 $6,786,255
Improved Pasture 113,881.103 $272,478,533 $11,939,083
Irrigated Crop 9,630.983 $29,219,300 $2,285,060
Native Pasture 354,714.026 $773,312,316 $33,329,441
Orchards 11,270.955 $34,237,390 $2,176,530
Wildlife 12,691.778 $28,138,620 $1,136,910
Totals 569,747.583 $1,288,758,626 $57,653,279


Property Discovery


The district seeks to discover all newly constructed or added property each year through examination of:

  • City building permits
  • Field inspections
  • Filed Material/Mechanic’s Liens
  • Sewer permits
  • Mobile home reports
  • Electric permits
  • Newspapers
  • Legal notices
  • Sales information
  • Prior year records
  • Aerial maps
  • Railroad Commission Reports (oil/gas)
  • Realtor and Appraisers


Exemption Data


Property owners may qualify for a variety of exemptions as provided by the Texas Constitution. Some of the most commonly occurring exemptions are described below. Other less commonly occurring exemptions are available and described in the Texas Property Tax Code, Chapter 11.


Residential Homestead


The following chart represents the total exemption amounts available to homeowners who qualify for this exemption on a home site with a maximum of 20 acres:





Regular Over-65 Disability Regular % Over 65 Disability
Comanche County      Road & Bridge $3,000 None None None None None
City of De Leon None None None None $6,000 None
ALL Schools $15,000 $10,000 $10,000 None None None



For school tax purposes, the over 65, disability, and surviving spouse homestead exemptions create a tax ceiling prohibiting increased taxes on the homestead. (Any changes to or new areas added to the home site will cause the ceiling to be readjusted in the subsequent tax year.)


All homeowners who qualify for the residential homestead exemption are subject to the placement of homestead cap on their qualifying property which prohibits the increase of taxable value on the homestead property to ten percent per year. However, the market value may still be reflective of the local real estate market.


Disabled Veterans


In addition to the residential homestead exemption allowable to disabled veterans with a 100% service connected disability, disabled veterans are allowed a general exemption on any property they own based upon the percentage rating as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Current exemptions amounts, based upon these ratings, are:


Disability Percentage Exemption Amount
10-29% $5,000
30-49% $7,500
50-69% $10,000
70-100% $12,000





I, certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief:

  1. The statements of fact contained in this report are true and correct.
  2. This report was prepared by Jo Ann Hohertz and the Comanche CAD staff.



Jo Ann Hohertz

Chief Appraiser

Comanche Central Appraisal District