FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07/28/2017
Rep. Victoria Neave Files Legislation to Lower Property Taxes for Texans in Disaster Areas
Austin, TX: Representative Victoria Neave (HD-107) has filed legislation to address rising property taxes in disaster areas.
On December 26, 2015, a series of deadly tornadoes struck Garland and other cities in North Texas. One tornado struck part of House District 107, destroying or damaging homes. If a home is rebuilt or repaired after being damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster, the value of the property, and thus the property taxes, increase, in what we call a "disaster tax." People would then pay this disaster tax through no fault of their own.
"Many of our constituents in Garland are still rebuilding their homes after the tornado of 2015 destroyed or damaged them," said Rep. Victoria Neave. "H.B. 261 would save residential property owners taxes that they would have had to pay because of an unforeseen natural disaster."
House Bill 261 would temporarily freeze property taxes for Texans whose property values increased because they rebuilt their homes after natural disasters. The bill freezes a property owner's property taxes at the amount they paid on the date of the natural disaster. The property tax freeze would be valid for five years for homestead properties in declared disaster areas.
Contact: Katy Womble