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H.B. No. 3143

H.B. No. 3143

AN ACT relating to the Property Redevelopment and Tax Abatement Act.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 312.002, Tax Code, is amended by adding
Subsections (c-1) and (c-2) to read as follows:
(c-1) Before the governing body of a taxing unit may adopt,
amend, repeal, or reauthorize guidelines and criteria, the body
must hold a public hearing regarding the proposed adoption,
amendment, repeal, or reauthorization at which members of the
public are given the opportunity to be heard.
(c-2) A taxing unit that maintains an Internet website shall
post the current version of the guidelines and criteria governing
tax abatement agreements adopted under this section on the website.
SECTION 2. Section 312.005, Tax Code, is amended by adding
Subsection (a-1) to read as follows:
(a-1) For each of the first three tax years following the
expiration of a tax abatement agreement executed under this
chapter, the chief appraiser shall deliver to the comptroller a
report containing the appraised value of the property that was the
subject of the agreement.
SECTION 3. Section 312.006, Tax Code, is amended to read as
follows:
Sec. 312.006. EXPIRATION DATE. If not continued in effect,
this chapter expires September 1, 2029 [2019].
SECTION 4. Section 312.207, Tax Code, is amended by adding
Subsections (c) and (d) to read as follows:
(c) In addition to any other requirement of law, the public
notice of a meeting at which the governing body of a municipality or
other taxing unit will consider the approval of a tax abatement
agreement with a property owner must contain:
(1) the name of the property owner and the name of the
applicant for the tax abatement agreement
;
(2) the name and location of the reinvestment zone in
which the property subject to the agreement is located;
(3) a general description of the nature of the
improvements or repairs included in the agreement; and
(4) the estimated cost of the improvements or repairs.
(d) The notice of a meeting required by this section must be
given in the manner required by Chapter 551, Government Code,
except that the notice must be provided at least 30 days before the
scheduled time of the meeting.
SECTION 5. Subchapter C, Chapter 312, Tax Code, is amended
by adding Section 312.404 to read as follows:
Sec. 312.404. APPROVAL BY GOVERNING BODY. To be effective,
an agreement made under this subchapter must be approved by the
governing body of the county or other taxing unit in the manner that
the governing body of a municipality authorizes an agreement under
Section 312.207.
SECTION 6. Section 312.002(c-1), Tax Code, as added by this
Act, applies only to the adoption, amendment, repeal, or
reauthorization of guidelines and criteria under Section 312.002,
Tax Code, on or after the effective date of this Act.
SECTION 7. Section 312.005(a-1), Tax Code, as added by this
Act, applies only to a tax abatement agreement entered into under
Chapter 312 of that code that expires on or after the effective date
of this Act.
SECTION 8. Sections 312.207(c) and (d) and 312.404, Tax
Code, as added by this Act, apply only to a tax abatement agreement
entered into on or after the effective date of this Act.
SECTION 9. This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.

______________________________ ______________________________
President of the Senate Speaker of the House

I certify that H.B. No. 3143 was passed by the House on April
30, 2019, by the following vote: Yeas 146, Nays 0, 1 present, not
voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
No. 3143 on May 23, 2019, by the following vote: Yeas 135, Nays 7,
1 present, not voting.

______________________________
Chief Clerk of the House

I certify that H.B. No. 3143 was passed by the Senate, with
amendments, on May 20, 2019, by the following vote: Yeas 30, Nays
1.

______________________________
Secretary of the Senate
APPROVED: __________________
Date

__________________
Governor

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