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Chapter 54. Enforcement of Municipal Ordinances.
Sec. 54.005. Notices to Certain Property Owners.

Chapter 81. Commissioners and County Officers.
Sec. 81.006. Quorum; Vote Required for Tax Levy.


Chapter 54. Enforcement of Municipal Ordinances.

Sec. 54.005. Notices to Certain Property Owners.

(a) A governmental entity that is required by statute, rule, regulation, or ordinance to send a notice to an owner of real property for the purpose of enforcing a municipal ordinance may include the following statement in the notice: "According to the real property records of __________ County, you own the real property described in this notice. If you no longer own the property, you must execute an affidavit stating that you no longer own the property and stating the name and last known address of the person who acquired the property from you. The affidavit must be delivered in person or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to this office not later than the 20th day after the date you receive this notice. If you do not send the affidavit, it will be presumed that you own the property described in this notice, even if you do not." The notice must be delivered in person or by certified mail, return receipt requested.

(b) If a governmental entity sends a notice to the owner of the property to which the notice relates, as shown on or after the 10th day before the date notice is sent by the real property records of the county in which the property is located, and the record owner no longer owns the property, the record owner shall execute an affidavit provided with the notice of the governmental entity stating:

(1) that the record owner no longer owns the property; and

(2) the name and last known address of the person who acquired the property from the record owner.

(c) The record owner shall deliver the affidavit in person or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the governmental entity not later than the 20th day after the date the record owner receives the notice.

(d) If the governmental entity receives an affidavit under Subsection (c), the governmental entity shall send the appropriate notice to the person named in the affidavit as having acquired the property. A notice sent under this subsection must include the statement authorized by Subsection (a).

(e) A governmental entity that receives an affidavit under Subsection (c) shall:

(1) maintain the affidavit on file for at least two years after the date the entity receives the affidavit; and

(2) deliver a copy of the affidavit to the chief appraiser of the appraisal district in which the property is located.

(f) A governmental entity is considered to have provided notice to a property owner if the entity complies with the statute, rule, regulation, or ordinance under which the notice is sent and if it:

(1) complies with Subsection (a) and does not receive an affidavit from the record owner; or

(2) complies with Subsection (d) and does not receive an affidavit from the person to whom the notice was sent under Subsection (d).

(g) If a governmental entity complies with this section and does not receive an affidavit under Subsection (c), the record owner is presumed to be the owner of the property for all purposes to which the notice relates.

(h) For purposes of this section, "real property" does not include a mineral interest or royalty interest.

Added by 1991 Tex. Laws, p. 1717, ch. 486, Sec. 1.

Chapter 81. Commissioners Court.

Sec. 81.006. Quorum; Vote Required for Tax Levy.

(a) Three members of the commissioners court constitute a quorum for conducting county business except the levying of a county tax.

(b) A county tax may be levied at any regularly scheduled meeting of the court when at least four members of the court are present.

(c) A county may not levy a tax unless at least three members of the court vote in favor of the levy.