Honorable Steve Ogden, Chair, Senate Committee on Finance
John S. O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB3613 by Otto (Relating to the determination of the market value of a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes on the basis of the property's value as a residence homestead.), As Engrossed
The bill would amend Chapter 23 of the Tax Code to require that the market value of a residence homestead be determined solely on the basis of its use as a homestead and not at its highest and best use.
According to the Comptroller of Public Accounts, the vast majority of residence homesteads are at their highest and best use. Only homesteads in areas that are in transition from residential to a more valuable use (such as commercial) and are allowed by local zoning to make that transition would be affected by this bill. The bill would reduce appraised values for those residence homesteads, but information about the number and value of such homesteads is unavailable. As a result, the fiscal impact of the bill cannot be estimated.
The bill would take effect January 1, 2010, and would apply only to an ad valorem tax year beginning on or after that date, contingent upon passage of a constitutional amendment authorizing the exemption.
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