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H.B. No. 499

H.B. No. 499

relating to the additional penalty for collection costs for certain
delinquent ad valorem taxes.
SECTION 1. Section 33.08(b), Tax Code, is amended to read as
(b) The governing body of the taxing unit or appraisal
district, in the manner required by law for official action, may
provide that taxes that become delinquent on or after June 1 under
Section 26.07(f), 26.15(e), 31.03, 31.031, 31.032, [or] 31.04, or
42.42 incur an additional penalty to defray costs of collection.
The amount of the penalty may not exceed the amount of the
compensation specified in the applicable contract with an attorney
under Section 6.30 to be paid in connection with the collection of
the delinquent taxes.
SECTION 2. The change in law made by this Act applies only
to additional penalties on taxes that become delinquent on or after
the effective date of this Act. Additional penalties on taxes that
become delinquent before the effective date of this Act are
governed by the law in effect when the taxes become delinquent, and
the former law is continued in effect for that purpose.
SECTION 3. 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, 2011.

______________________________ ______________________________
President of the Senate Speaker of the House

I certify that H.B. No. 499 was passed by the House on April
19, 2011, by the following vote: Yeas 145, Nays 0, 2 present, not

Chief Clerk of the House

I certify that H.B. No. 499 was passed by the Senate on May
21, 2011, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.

Secretary of the Senate
APPROVED: _____________________


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