Homeowners Rally for Tarrant County Property Tax Expert – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Hundreds of property owners showed their support Thursday at the Tarrant Appraisal District for a longtime North Texas realtor and property tax consultant currently under investigation by the TAD.
Chandler Crouch, the owner of Chandler Crouch Realtors, has been in the real estate business since 2002. Over the past five years, Crouch has gained recognition for helping at least 90,000 property owners protest their protest tax assessments for free. He has filed about 28,000 protests over the past year, he said.
In November 2021, Crouch learned he was under investigation by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation after TAD Director of Residential Appraisal Randy Armstrong filed complaints against Crouch. using his TAD title.
The first complaint dates back to October 2021, when Armstrong alleged that Crouch “intentionally misled members of the Tarrant Review Board (TARB) with his testimony at a ‘market value’ protest hearing on June 16, 2021. ” by its “distortion of facts and abuses”. from his dual roles as a property tax consultant and licensed real estate agent/broker in Texas.
“I’m getting up to help people and do something that for the most part there isn’t a lot of help, so I’m grateful for the opportunity,” Crouch said Thursday. “I didn’t want this to happen…but I’m also grateful to have the opportunity to help expose some of the most important issues that arise.”
At a hearing before TAD’s board of directors on Thursday, dozens of people came out in favor of Crouch and also called on the board for more transparency about high real estate appraisals.
“I’m so disappointed with the way things are handled here,” said one resident. “The tax rate went up on my property, $30,000 one year, $40,000 the next. I had made no repairs.
Larry McFarland of Arlington was one of the first in line Thursday morning.
“They are not in a bubble. We watch what they do. We pay attention and we pay a ton of taxes based on what they say,” McFarland said.
Board chair Kathryn Wilemon had to intervene more than once during the public comments, which lasted about four hours. In some cases, Wilemon clarified the council’s role as residents explained their frustrations with the assessment process.
“I can tell you are all really passionate and you all really care. I don’t want anyone to lose their home,” Wilemon said.
She added that the investigation into Crouch would not end Thursday morning.
“There will be a future for this body. It’s not over,” she said.
A number of residents have also called on Armstrong and Jeff Law, executive director of TAD, to step down. Crouch specifically pointed to Law during his comments to the board.
“It happened seven months ago. We had every opportunity for something different to happen. I’m sorry. Mr. Law must no longer work here. This is the only solution for this. I I’ve stood up for you in public,” he said. It sucks. I do not like it. I don’t like having said those bad things. That all those people said those bad things.
This week, Law and Armstrong told NBC 5 that they would not comment on the matter until the review is complete.
Before public comments on Thursday, the board met in executive session for about an hour. It’s unclear what was discussed or whether any personnel issues were raised.
The next board meeting is scheduled for August 12.