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Travis Central Appraisal District Records
An Inventory of the Collection
In 1979 the 66th Texas Legislature, reacting to a chronic and growing problem of inequitable and unfair taxation, passed new legislation in Senate Bill 621 requiring that a centralized agency be established in each county for the purpose of appraising property for ad valorem tax purposes. These agencies, called “Central Appraisal Districts” consolidated the appraisal function of all taxing units into one office in each county and were organized to ensure that property taxation was fair and equitable as well as accurate. The Travis County Central Appraisal District (TCAD) has been responsible for providing accurate appraisal of all property in Travis County since 1981. As of 2014, the TCAD covers an area of approximately 873 square miles and are responsible for almost 380,000 tax accounts.
SOURCE: Travis Central Appraisal District website http://www.traviscad.org/organization.html
ACCESSED: 2014 August 4
The Travis Central Appraisal District (TCAD) Records contain real property tax appraisal reports dating from 1973 to 2011 excluding 2004. The tax rolls from 1973 to 1980 are reproductions of the official records obtained from the City of Austin filmed according to the planned records management program adopted by the Travis Central Appraisal District and certified by the Records Management Officer of the Travis Central Appraisal District. The 1973 to 1980 tax rolls are on microfilm and arranged by parcel number/ID which is currently listed as the Geographic ID on the TCAD website (for more information about using these records see the Tax Records/Appraisal Materials at the Austin History Center handout). Information provided includes the mailing name (property owner); assessed value with the land and improvement listed separately; and the tax amount for both the City and the school district. The 1981 to 2011 (missing 2004) TCAD real property appraisal rolls are on microfiche and can be accessed by address, parcel number, owner name and legal description depending upon the year. The appraisal roll by owner last name is the most complete set dating from 1981 to 2011 excluding 2004. Other sets include: by address - 1982 to 2003; by parcel number - 1982 to 2003; by legal description - 1981, 1989-2003. The type/amount and presentation of information varies from year to year but starting in 1982 the records generally include the mailing name and address (property owner); location/legal description; assessed value split into land and improvements; lot size; square footage; tax levies; date of deed with volume and page number; and effective date built.
Restrictions on Access
Microfiche versions of the appraisal rolls open to all users. Electronic versions of the 2005-2011 appraisal rolls are unavailable until further processing is performed - this information is duplicated on the microfiche.
Restrictions on Use
The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.
Travis Central Appraisal District Records (AR.2014.027). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2014/007
Donation Date: 2014
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2014.
Electronic copies of the 2005 through 2011 certified appraisal rolls (duplicate information) were donated on disk and subsequently uploaded to N: drive. These files are not all in the same format and until a decision is made how to make the information uniformly available it is closed to researchers.