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BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS

Correspondent

GILMER–Five tax-related lawsuits were filed against the Upshur County Appraisal District last week alleging the district placed excessive fair market values on various properties in the county in violation of the Texas Tax Code.

Plaintiffs in the suits, are respectively, Gilmer Hospital Partners, LLC; Henson Property Group, LLC; Richard Henson, as trustee of Foster Henson trust; Henson Builders, LLC; and Henson Sisters Trust, LLC.

Cody R. Coughlin and John M. Taylor of the Austin law firm of Taylor and Coughlin, PLLC filed the suits in 115th District Court in Gilmer.

The suits allege the violations occurred for the 2018 tax year on properties located on U.S. 271. At least some of the suits charge the district “failed to apply generally accepted appraisal methods and techniques” as the tax code requires.

The Gilmer-based district, whose chief appraiser, Sarah Curtis, recently resigned effective Dec. 31, determines taxable valuations on properties in the county.

Each suit asks that the court “fix the property’s appraised value in accordance with the law.”

Coughlin said the suits were filed electronically on Wednesday night of last week.