September 21, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott
proclaimed a state of disaster due to Tropical Storm Beta that included Harris and Galveston Counties.
The Texas Tax Code provides for a temporary exemption for property owners who
are victims of natural disasters. This exemption is automatic for all governments adopting a tax rate on or after the disaster declaration. All others must adopt the exemption. Property owners must apply to the CAD in order to be considered. The application is shown below.
The following GCTO partner governments provide the exemption automatically:
Friendswood Hitchcock Jamaica Beach
MUD #12 WCID #12 WCID #19
As of November 3rd, the following governments have adopted or are considering adoption of the exemption:
Galveston County & Road & Flood (adopted 11/2)
Kemah (adopted 11/4)
Friendswood ISD (considering 11/9)
Galveston (considering 11/12)
Hitchcock ISD (considering 11/17)
Documentation supporting the damage (FEMA, other appropriate source including County emergency management authority) must accompany the application. APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT BY JANUARY 4, 2021 TO BE CONSIDERED TIMELY!
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. Contact the Galveston CAD at (409) 935-1980 with questions.
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