The Grayson Central Appraisal District is cautioning property owners of a private company’s attempt to receive money for services that are already free.


“There is a private company out of Austin, Texas that is mailing out letters to property owners leading them to believe that they need to file a request form to receive their homestead exemption,” Chief Appraiser Shawn Coker said in a written statement. “The letter has been designed to appear like an official government document. This did not come from your local appraisal district. We do send out homestead exemptions forms for anyone that we think may qualify or when we need to update our information.”


Coker said those forms will be on an official GCAD letterhead.


“This company is asking for $45 to do what we already do for free, not to mention that you may have to give this company a copy of your driver’s license,” Coker said. “We will gladly assist anyone that has not filed any exemption form that they are entitled to. This could be a homestead, disabled persons, and all types of disabled veteran’s exemptions. We want to ensure that everyone gets any exemption they are entitled to.”


The appraisal district also assists taxpayers with filing on special valuations such as agricultural appraisal or wildlife appraisal.