The Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) won the 2018 Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Award presented by the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) in recognition of HCAD’s response to Hurricane Harvey by making it easier for flooding victims to report property damage.
The district upgraded its mobile app with a damage report feature that allowed property owners to report flood damage to the home, garage or other structure on the property and provide an event damage report to show the amount of water and an estimate of the damage. The upgrade was done within four days – from inception of the idea to the completed product – during Hurricane Harvey. The Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction award is presented to an assessment jurisdiction that has initiated a technical, procedural or administrative program that is an improvement over prior programs in that jurisdiction. The program and award is generally recognized as a component of a model assessment system and a contributing factor to equity in property taxation.