Welcome to Yoakum County Appraisal District!




                 The Yoakum County Appraisal District and Denver City Independent School District recently received news from the Property Value Study completed by the State Comptroller.  The report indicated that residential properties in Denver City were considerably undervalued and that the overall values of the appraisal district did not comply with state standards.  State law requires that appraised values of properties be within 5% of sales prices.  The school district is in the first year of grace in the study and will not lose state funding as long as the values are corrected.

                “The appraisal district will be making adjustments to the values of homes to ensure that the requirements of law are met,” said Chief Appraiser Brooks Barrett.  “With the oil field being strong again, people are paying a lot more for homes in Denver City that our appraisal values.  The good news for homeowners who have filed their homestead exemption is that they are limited to a 10% increase in value annually.  Also, homesteads owned by persons over 65 or disabled have a cap on their school tax so that will also help.  In addition, this May, an election will be held to approve an increase in the homestead exemption to $40,000.”

                Values all over Texas are rising due to the low interest rates for homes coupled with the migration of people from other states to Texas.  Recent numbers indicate that 1700 people are moving to Texas daily.  Even smaller communities are being impacted according to realtors across the state.

                Taxpayers will be mailed notices of value in May of this year if their value is increased, and they will have the opportunity to visit with an appraiser about their value.  If they cannot agree on a value informally, the taxpayer may move on to the Appraisal Review Board, an independent group of local people who listen to evidence and make a decision on the value.




Within this site you will find general information about the District and the ad valorem property tax system in Texas, as well as information regarding specific properties within the district. Yoakum County Appraisal District is responsible for appraising all real and business personal property within Yoakum County. The district appraises property according to the Texas Property Tax Code and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP).

Yoakum County Appraisal District is responsible for the fair market appraisal of properties within each of the following taxing entities. Additional responsibilities include change of address and public information requests.


The duties of the appraisal district include:

  • The determination of market value of taxable property
  • The administration of exemptions and special valuations authorized by the local entities and the State of Texas
  • Tax rates and ultimately the amount of taxes levied on property are determined by governing bodies of each of the taxing authorities.


County Taxing Entities
Yoakum County
Seagraves Independent School District
Brownfield Consolidated Independent School District
Denver City Independent School District
Plains Independent School District
City of Denver City
City of Plains
Sandy Land Underground Water Conservation District


Message from the Chief Appraiser, Brooks Barrett

As a Chief Executive Officer of the Yoakum County Appraisal District, I welcome you to our Website. I hope that you find our Website useful and informative. Our office is currently responsible for the appraisal of properties for the taxing jurisdictions located in Yoakum County.

Our purpose is to ensure that all taxable properties within Yoakum County are on the appraisal roll, to appraise property fairly, equally, and impartially, and to administer exemptions and special appraisals through an open line of communication with the general public.