The HCAD's board of directors voted Aug. 17 voted to change its name to the Harris Central Appraisal District. No other changes will accompany the switch.
The name change will take effect in 2023 to avoid confusion for property owners and allow the appraisal district time to update signs, forms and letterhead.
“The board believes this change will help property owners distinguish between the responsibilities of the county government and the appraisal district so residents can get their questions answered quickly,” HCAD board Chair Mike Sullivan said in a district press release.
The HCAD appraises properties for ad valorem tax purposes for each taxing unit within the district's boundaries. The district, the largest in Texas, assesses 1.8 million parcels of property yearly, totaling a $691 billion market value.