Property values up for schools

UCAD certifies $1.79B levy

Jennifer Fry

Staff writer

Certified totals for the 2018 Uvalde County Appraisal District roll stands at $4.03 billion in market value. Of that, $1.79 billion is certified taxable value.

The 2018 information was outlined in the chief appraiser’s report from Uvalde County Appraisal District’s monthly meeting of the board of directors held Aug. 14.

For Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, the net taxable value is $1.18 billion for its maintenance and operations tax rate; for the interest and sinking rate, the net taxable value is $1.09 billion. This is up from last year, when the net taxable value stood at $1.16 billion for maintenance and operations and $1.01 billion for interest and sinking.

For Southwest Texas Junior College, the net taxable value is $1.94 billion, up from $1.92 billion last year.

The net taxable value for Uvalde County stands at $1.79 billion, up from 1.71 billion last year; city of Uvalde, at $692 million, up from $640 million last year; city of Sabinal, at $44.7 million, up from $43 million; Uvalde County Underwater Conservation District, $1.87 billion, up from $1.86 billion; Uvalde County road and flood, $1.77 billion, up from $1.7 billion; and Utopia/Vanderpool Emergency Service District, at $87.14 million, up from $85 million.

Taxable values for the surrounding school districts are as follows: Leakey ISD, $23.17 million, up from $21.5 million last year; Nueces Canyon Consolidated ISD, $54.3 million, down from $62.49 million last year; Sabinal ISD, $348 million, up from $317 million; and Utopia Independent School District, $81.73 million, up from $79 million.

Knippa Independent School District has a net taxable value of $84.89 million for its maintenance and operations tax rate, and $119.37 million for its interest and sinking rate. The net taxable valuation for maintenance and operations is up from last year, when it stood at  $80.79 million; the valuation last year for interest and sinking was higher, at $138.38 million.

Some entities show a decrease in market value from last year – namely, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District and Knippa Independent School District. This is due to the decrease in value of the Alamo 5 solar plant which is located within the boundaries of both school districts.


These figures do not include the 292 accounts which are still uncertified and are going through the appeal process. The accounts in appeal total $36 million and represent 1.76 percent of the total taxable value.

The district’s uncertified taxable value is required to be within 5 percent  of the total taxable value.

The protests which are still outstanding represent 24 percent of the protest cases handled this year. Of the protests or complaints which were addressed by the district, 16 percent were withdrawn and 53 percent were dispatched through a settlement or waiver.

Thirty-two cases were brought before the appraisal review board. In 50 additional cases, the complainant failed to appear.

All in all, the number of protests from 2018 were less than those from 2017.

“That’s just unbelievable to me, but that’s wonderful,” said Blaine Bennett, president of the board.

“I believe it was more the publicity and being out there,” said chief appraiser Roberto Valdez in response.

Other business

The meeting was called to order at 5:15 p.m. Among the members of the public present were Hal Harrell, interim superintendent for UCISD and Moises Santiago, the school district’s chief financial officer.

The board approved the minutes of the last board meeting, held July 17, as well as the financial reports through July 31.

It also approved the 2017 annual financial reports records audit performed by Ede & Company, LLC.

There was no closed session, and the meeting was adjourned at 6:35 p.m. The next board of directors meeting is set for Sept. 18.

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