Sec. 23.551. ADDITIONAL NOTICE TO CERTAIN LANDOWNERS.
(a) If land appraised as provided by this subchapter is owned by an individual 65 years of age or older, before making a determination that a change in use of the land has occurred, the chief appraiser shall deliver a written notice to the owner stating that the chief appraiser believes a change in use of the land may have occurred.
(b) The notice must include a form on which the owner may indicate that the land remains eligible to be appraised as provided by this subchapter and a self-addressed postage prepaid envelope with instructions for returning the form to the chief appraiser.
(c) The chief appraiser shall consider the owner’s response on the form in determining whether the land remains eligible for appraisal under this subchapter.
(d) If the chief appraiser does not receive a response on or before the 60th day after the date the notice is mailed, the chief appraiser must make a reasonable effort to locate the owner and determine whether the land remains eligible to be appraised as provided by this subchapter before determining that a change in use of the land has occurred.
(e) For purposes of this section, sending an additional notice to the owner immediately after the expiration of the 60-day period prescribed by Subsection (d) by first class mail in an envelope on which is written, in all capital letters, “RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED,” or another appropriate statement directing the United States Postal Service to return the notice if it is not deliverable as addressed, or providing the additional notice in another manner that the chief appraiser determines is appropriate, constitutes a reasonable effort on the part of the chief appraiser.
Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 352 (H.B. 1464), Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2015.
Sec. 23.56. LAND INELIGIBLE FOR APPRAISAL AS OPEN-SPACE LAND. Land is not eligible for appraisal as provided by this subchapter if:
(1) the land is located inside the corporate limits of an incorporated city or town, unless:
(A) the city or town is not providing the land with governmental and proprietary services substantially equivalent in standard and scope to those services it provides in other parts of the city or town with similar topography, land utilization, and population density;
(B) the land has been devoted principally to agricultural use continuously for the preceding five years; or
(C) the land:
(i) has been devoted principally to agricultural use or to production of timber or forest products continuously for the preceding five years; and
(ii) is used for wildlife management;
(2) the land is owned by an individual who is a nonresident alien or by a foreign government if that individual or government is required by federal law or by rule adopted pursuant to federal law to register his ownership or acquisition of that property; or
(3) the land is owned by a corporation, partnership, trust, or other legal entity if the entity is required by federal law or by rule adopted pursuant to federal law to register its ownership or acquisition of that land and a nonresident alien or a foreign government or any combination of nonresident aliens and foreign governments own a majority interest in the entity.
Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2260, ch. 841, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1982.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 495 (S.B. 801), Sec. 3, eff. January 1, 2010.