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 “Our family home caught fire on February 16, 2015 at 1 am.  We were fortunate that my wife, two children and mother-in-law were all able to escape unharmed.  I was in Austin on county business at the time.  The fire was caused by an electrical shortage.  After much consideration, we decided to rebuild our home and construction began in October 2015.  On January 1, 2016, when the house was appraised by DCAD, the house was only partially constructed with a new roof, new windows and interior studs.  The house is still under construction and we hope to move back into the home this summer.  In January 2017, DCAD will revalue the home and it will be 100% complete.”

 John R. Ames, PCC, CTA

Tax Assessor/Collector

Dallas County Tax Office

P: 214-653-7630 F: 214-653-7887

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I knew there was a good (well, in this case, terrible) reason, because John is, as I said, one of best Tax Appraisers/Collectors we have ever had. Under his watch the office has become much more efficient, the clerks are friendly and polite, and well, maybe he ought to interview for the new management job available over at Dallas City Hall.

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I tried calling John at the Tax office yesterday five times, never could get through because everyone was (probably) calling about their property taxes. May 31 was the last day to protest appraisals. Some tax consultants tell me they were getting calls at 2 and 3 in the morning. People sometimes confuse the Central Appraisal District office with John’s office down on Elm. He does not oversee appraisals, he administers the Tax Collectors office.