Agricultural exemption not affected by drought

Farmers and ranchers will not lose their agricultural valuation due to the drought. Patricia J. Moraw, Milam County Appraisal District Chief Appraiser, said the district will not remove ag valuation from any propert y owners who already have that designation.

The tax code says ag valuations will not be affected if “a drought declared by the governor creates an agricultural necessity to extend the normal time the land remains out of agricultural production” and the land owner intends to use that propert y again for ag use after the drought ends. The period will be extended to allow pastures and water sources to recover.

Persons purchasing property subject of ag valuation must still file a new application in compliance with the Property Tax Code. The chief appraiser will consider the drought conditions and limitations of the new owner. Applications may be filed at the District’s office, 120 N. Houston Avenue in Cameron.

Moraw stated that “ once things recover, we’ll go back to the standard operating procedure.”

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