New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung □ Friday, April 18,1997 Q7Aoductivity appraisal saves farmers, ranchers tax money
Farmers and ranchers may be eligible for property tax relief on their land, according to Lynn Rodgers, chief appraiser of the Comal Appraisal District. “They may apply for a special, lower appraisal of their land, based on what the land will produce rather than what it would sell for in the open market,” he said.
“The Texas Constitution provides for two types of special appraisal,” Rodgers said. Article 8, Sec. 1-d-l, addresses what is often known as open-space land appraisal. Article 8, Sec. 1-d, addresses agricultural use or “ag-use” appraisal.
Land owners must file for special
appraisal at the appraisal district office by April 30. Those who must file this year include owners of land under 1-d appraisal and land owners whose property did not previously receive 1-d-l appraisal. The appraisal district must accept late-filed 1-d-l appraisal applications until the day before the appraisal review board approves the 1997 appraisal records, but late applications will draw a penalty.
“The requirements for applying and qualifying both the land and the owner are different for the two types of appraisal,” Rodgers said.
Most property owners apply for 1-d-1 appraisal. To qualify, the owner
must use the land for agriculture, growing timber, or as an ecological laboratory. This form of appraisal does not restrict ownership to individuals and does not iequire agriculture to be the owner’s primary business.
This special appraisal requires that the land’s use in a qualifying agricultural or timber purpose meets the degree of intensity generally accepted in the area.
And, the owners must show that they devoted the land’s use principally to a qualifying use for at least five of the preceding seven years.
Under 1-d, the owner must file a
Throe downtown businesses were the subject of the Women’s Chamber Rising Star Business Celebrations. All are located above Henna Hardware: Stacey Goodbread’s Law Offfice, Hervol Hinders and Walkers, P.C.; the office of Art Cloots’ American National Insurance Co. and Henne Haus Bed & Breakfast owned by James Qoodbread. Pictured from left are Sharon Crocker, Jan Booth, Kathleen Rhodes, James Goodbread, Art Cloots, Stacey Goodbread, City Councilman Paul Fraser, Joyce Hendricks, Linda Boasting, Bart Bartholomew, Susan Phillips, Ann Bartholomew and Tina Fraser.
Emergency Food Assistance Program available to area residents
Low-income families, unemployed workers and other needy persons can receive food that has been donated by the United States Department of Agriculture. The food will be distributed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at 487 Rothe Loop in New Braunfels.
The Community Council of South Texas Inc. has been contracted by the Texas Department of Human Services to administer the Emergency Food Assistance Program.
Income guidelines must be met by all applicants. The Office of Management and Budget has determined the income criteria. Applicants of younger than 60 years must be at or below 130 percent of the poverty level. Applicants 60 years of age or older must be at or below 185 percent of the poverty level published by the Office of Management and Budget.
Applicants who have been certified for assistance such as: Aid for Dependent Children, Supplemental
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WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Additional information and application forms are available from the local appraisal district office. The staff will help land owners determine if their property qualifies for special appraisal. Call 625-8597.
Security Income or non-institutional Medicaid benefits may also be eligible. Proof of residency, income and personal identification must be provided at the tip^ of application.
For additional information call 625-6268. Other inquiries may be made to CCSCT Executive Director Louis R. Ramirez Sr., 205A East Court St., Seguin, Texas 78155, (210)372-3570.
(Submitted by the Community Council of South Central Texas)
form each year. The owner must be an individual — not a corporation, partnership, agency or organization. The land must have had an agricultural use for at least three years. And the owner’s primary job and source of income must be agriculture.
Chamber membership drive a success
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce recently ended its two-day membership drive. Chamber Blue Coats were successful in recruiting more than 90 new members and totaling nearly $22,000 in new dues income.
Blue Coats Chairman O. A. “Skip” Stratemann Jr. said, “Our membership drive went very well. The Blue Coats and prospective Blue Coats who woiked the drive reported a very favorable response to their contacts. We are confident that our pre-drive goals will be exceeded after follow-up calls are completed during the next several days.”
According to Stratemann, Paula DiFonzo, general manager of New Braunfels Utilities; Rita Kaufmann, vice president of First Commercial Bank; John Lovett, owner of River City Builders and Lester Stockhorst, owner of PR1NT-IT, earned membership in the Chamber’s Blue Coat organization by recruiting more than 15 membership units. Lovett also earned his individual life membership in the Chamber by selling a total of 30 membership units.
“There were 54 volunteers who worked over the two-day period to make this drive a success, and it certainly demonstrates the strength of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber which is much larger than other Chambers in cities of similar size.”
(Submitted by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce)
“In addition, land owners should know,” Rodgers said, “that the law provides specific penalties for taking qualified land out of agricultural or timber production.
Each taxing unit assesses a “rollback” tax against the land owner who has the 1-d appraisal if he/she sells the land or changes its use. The rollback extends back for the three tax years before the year in which the change or sale occurs.
Under 1-d-l, an owner triggers a rollback by changing the land’s use to a non-agricultural use. The rollback taxes are based on the five tax years preceding the year of the change.
“The roll-back tax is the difference between taxes paid under productivity appraisal and the taxes that would have been paid if the land had been put on the tax roll at market value,” Rodgers said. The law also requires that the roll-back tax include interest charges.
Land owners must apply for productivity appraisal with each appraisal district in which they have land.
Failure to do so could result in land owners paying taxes on the land’s full market value.
(Submitted by the Comal Appraisal
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