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Temporary Disaster Exemption Deadlines

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Cheryl E. Johnson, Galveston County Tax Assessor Collector

The Texas Tax Code was amended during the last legislative session as a result of a voter approved amendment to the Texas Constitution, specifically Proposition 3 that provided for a temporary exemption from taxation of a portion of the value.  The change in statute provides for a temporary exemption for property owners who are victims of natural disasters.  The exemption is automatic for all governments adopting a tax rate on or after any disaster declaration.  All others must adopt the exemption. 

Governor Abbott declared a disaster August 23 for Hurricane Laura.  Property owners are required to apply for the exemption and submit supporting documents to the county appraisal district no later than December 7, 2020.  The exemption is automatic for the following GCTO government partners:

Bacliff MUD

City of Bayou Vista

City of Dickinson

City of Friendswood

City of Galveston

City of Hitchcock

City of Jamaica Beach

City of Kemah

City of La Marque

City of League City

City of Santa Fe

City of Texas City

College of the Mainland

Dickinson ISD

Drainage District No. 1

Drainage District No. 2

Emergency Services District No. 2

Galveston Co. MUD No. 12

Galveston County & RFL

Galveston ISD

GC Fresh Water Dist. No. 6

GC MUD #44

GCCDD

High Island ISD

Hitchcock ISD

Navigation District No.1

San Leon MUD

Tara Glen MUD

Village of Tiki Island

WCID No. 1

WCID No. 12

WCID No. 19

Westwood Management District

September 21, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed a state of disaster due to Tropical Storm Beta.  The exemption is automatic or has been adopted by the following governments.  Applications must be submitted to the county appraisal district no later than January 4, 2021:

City of Dickinson

City of Friendswood

City of Galveston

City of Hitchcock

City of Jamaica Beach

City of Kemah

Galveston County & Road & Flood

Friendswood ISD

Galveston ISD

Hitchcock ISD

Emergency Services District No. 2

Galveston Co. MUD No. 12

WCID No. 12

WCID No. 19

Documentation supporting the damage (FEMA, other appropriate source including County emergency management authority) must accompany the application.  The exemption will only apply as a prorated percentage for the portion of the year in which the owner was unable to enjoy their property due to the damage.  Galveston County property owners should contact the Galveston CAD at (409) 935-1980 with questions.  The application may be found on the GCTO website on the Homepage under Hot Topics.

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