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H.B. No. 1897

H.B. No. 1897

AN ACT
relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of pollution
control property.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 11.31, Tax Code, is amended by adding
Subsection (e-1) to read as follows:
(e-1) The executive director shall issue a determination
letter required by Subsection (d) to the person seeking the
exemption, and the commission shall take final action on the
initial appeal under Subsection (e) if an appeal is made, not later
than the first anniversary of the date the executive director
declares the application to be administratively complete.
SECTION 2. Subchapter B, Chapter 11, Tax Code, is amended by
adding Section 11.311 to read as follows:
Sec. 11.311. TEMPORARY EXEMPTION: LANDFILL-GENERATED GAS
CONVERSION FACILITIES. (a) This section applies only to real and
personal property that is used in the manner described by
Subsection (b) on January 1, 2014.
(b) A person is entitled to an exemption from taxation of
the real and personal property the person owns that is located on or
in close proximity to a landfill and is used to:
(1) collect gas generated by the landfill;
(2) compress and transport the gas;
(3) process the gas so that it may be:
(A) delivered into a natural gas pipeline; or
(B) used as a transportation fuel in
methane-powered on-road or off-road vehicles or equipment; and
(4) deliver the gas:
(A) into a natural gas pipeline; or
(B) to a methane fueling station.
(c) Property described by this section is considered to be
property used as a facility, device, or method for the control of
air, water, or land pollution.
(d) This section expires December 31, 2015.
SECTION 3. Section 42.43, Tax Code, is amended by adding
Subsections (j) and (k) to read as follows:
(j) A property owner is not entitled to a refund under this
section resulting from the final determination of an appeal of the
denial of an exemption under Section 11.31, wholly or partly,
unless the property owner is entitled to the refund under
Subsection (a) or has entered into a written agreement with the
chief appraiser that authorizes the refund as part of an agreement
related to the taxation of the property pending a final
determination by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
under Section 11.31.
(k) Not later than the 10th day after the date a property
owner and the chief appraiser enter into a written agreement
described by Subsection (j), the chief appraiser shall provide to
each taxing unit that taxes the property a copy of the agreement.
The agreement is void if a taxing unit that taxes the property
objects in writing to the agreement on or before the 60th day after
the date the taxing unit receives a copy of the agreement.
SECTION 4. Section 403.302(d), Government Code, is amended
to read as follows:
(d) For the purposes of this section, “taxable value” means
the market value of all taxable property less:
(1) the total dollar amount of any residence homestead
exemptions lawfully granted under Section 11.13(b) or (c), Tax
Code, in the year that is the subject of the study for each school
district;
(2) one-half of the total dollar amount of any
residence homestead exemptions granted under Section 11.13(n), Tax
Code, in the year that is the subject of the study for each school
district;
(3) the total dollar amount of any exemptions granted
before May 31, 1993, within a reinvestment zone under agreements
authorized by Chapter 312, Tax Code;
(4) subject to Subsection (e), the total dollar amount
of any captured appraised value of property that:
(A) is within a reinvestment zone created on or
before May 31, 1999, or is proposed to be included within the
boundaries of a reinvestment zone as the boundaries of the zone and
the proposed portion of tax increment paid into the tax increment
fund by a school district are described in a written notification
provided by the municipality or the board of directors of the zone
to the governing bodies of the other taxing units in the manner
provided by former Section 311.003(e), Tax Code, before May 31,
1999, and within the boundaries of the zone as those boundaries
existed on September 1, 1999, including subsequent improvements to
the property regardless of when made;
(B) generates taxes paid into a tax increment
fund created under Chapter 311, Tax Code, under a reinvestment zone
financing plan approved under Section 311.011(d), Tax Code, on or
before September 1, 1999; and
(C) is eligible for tax increment financing under
Chapter 311, Tax Code;
(5) the total dollar amount of any captured appraised
value of property that:
(A) is within a reinvestment zone:
(i) created on or before December 31, 2008,
by a municipality with a population of less than 18,000; and
(ii) the project plan for which includes
the alteration, remodeling, repair, or reconstruction of a
structure that is included on the National Register of Historic
Places and requires that a portion of the tax increment of the zone
be used for the improvement or construction of related facilities
or for affordable housing;
(B) generates school district taxes that are paid
into a tax increment fund created under Chapter 311, Tax Code; and
(C) is eligible for tax increment financing under
Chapter 311, Tax Code;
(6) the total dollar amount of any exemptions granted
under Section 11.251 or 11.253, Tax Code;
(7) the difference between the comptroller’s estimate
of the market value and the productivity value of land that
qualifies for appraisal on the basis of its productive capacity,
except that the productivity value estimated by the comptroller may
not exceed the fair market value of the land;
(8) the portion of the appraised value of residence
homesteads of individuals who receive a tax limitation under
Section 11.26, Tax Code, on which school district taxes are not
imposed in the year that is the subject of the study, calculated as
if the residence homesteads were appraised at the full value
required by law;
(9) a portion of the market value of property not
otherwise fully taxable by the district at market value because of:
(A) action required by statute or the
constitution of this state, other than Section 11.311, Tax Code,
that, if the tax rate adopted by the district is applied to it,
produces an amount equal to the difference between the tax that the
district would have imposed on the property if the property were
fully taxable at market value and the tax that the district is
actually authorized to impose on the property, if this subsection
does not otherwise require that portion to be deducted; or
(B) action taken by the district under Subchapter
B or C, Chapter 313, Tax Code, before the expiration of the
subchapter;
(10) the market value of all tangible personal
property, other than manufactured homes, owned by a family or
individual and not held or used for the production of income;
(11) the appraised value of property the collection of
delinquent taxes on which is deferred under Section 33.06, Tax
Code;
(12) the portion of the appraised value of property
the collection of delinquent taxes on which is deferred under
Section 33.065, Tax Code; and
(13) the amount by which the market value of a
residence homestead to which Section 23.23, Tax Code, applies
exceeds the appraised value of that property as calculated under
that section.
SECTION 5. The legislature finds that current unique market
forces are a deterrent to landfill methane capture, and the limited
exemption in Section 11.311, Tax Code, as added by this Act, will
prevent the loss of facilities that help the state in reducing
pollution. The legislature further finds that the addition of
Section 11.311, Tax Code, is not an expression of legislative
opinion regarding current rules adopted by the Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality relating to the qualification of property for
an exemption from taxation under Section 11.31, Tax Code.
SECTION 6. Not later than September 1, 2014, the Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality shall adopt rules to implement
Section 11.31(e-1), Tax Code, as added by this Act.
SECTION 7. Section 42.43(k), Tax Code, as added by this Act,
applies only to an agreement between a property owner and a chief
appraiser entered into on or after the effective date of this Act.
SECTION 8. Section 11.311, Tax Code, as added by this Act,
applies only to ad valorem taxes imposed for a tax year beginning on
or after January 1, 2014.
SECTION 9. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
Act takes effect September 1, 2013.

______________________________ ______________________________
President of the Senate Speaker of the House

I certify that H.B. No. 1897 was passed by the House on May 7,
2013, by the following vote: Yeas 101, Nays 41, 2 present, not
voting; that the House refused to concur in Senate amendments to
H.B. No. 1897 on May 23, 2013, and requested the appointment of a
conference committee to consider the differences between the two
houses; and that the House adopted the conference committee report
on H.B. No. 1897 on May 26, 2013, by the following vote: Yeas 80,
Nays 62, 2 present, not voting.

______________________________
Chief Clerk of the House

I certify that H.B. No. 1897 was passed by the Senate, with
amendments, on May 21, 2013, by the following vote: Yeas 23, Nays
8; at the request of the House, the Senate appointed a conference
committee to consider the differences between the two houses; and
that the Senate adopted the conference committee report on H.B. No.
1897 on May 26, 2013, by the following vote: Yeas 23, Nays 8.

______________________________
Secretary of the Senate
APPROVED: __________________
Date

__________________
Governor

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