The Texas property tax on towable RVs is heading for the last roundup, according to the Beaumont (Tex.) Enterprise.
The tax that never should have been is scheduled to go out of existence on Sept. 1, although Texans also will vote on Sept. 13 on a constitutional amendment to eliminate it.
The vote will take place because Texas law requires a state constitutional amendment to provide exemptions from property taxes. Even though the Texas legislature passed a bill earlier this year to repeal the tax effective Sept. 1, and Gov. Rick Perry signed it into law, a vote on a constitutional amendment will be taken to eliminate the possibility of a court challenge to the law, which was passed this spring, the newspaper reported.
The tax on towable RVs was the result of sloppy wording included in a law and state constitutional amendment, both of which passed in 2001.
Because of that law, the property tax revenue collected from the owners of towable RVs currently goes to the local public schools. But, ironically, the school administrators interviewed by the newspaper said the amount of money it raised was negligible.
Meanwhile, the tax bite, which can amount to $600 to $1,000 a year, has been a hardship for many RV owners.
Because the tax was a result of a mistake, however, many counties did not bother to collect it. Out of 160,000 travel trailers registered in Texas, only 16,000 actually were taxed, the Enterprise reported.
In fact, the newspaper knew of only two counties, Polk and Tyler, both located north of Beaumont, where officials actually tried to collect the tax. The town of Livingston, where the Escapees RV owners’ club is headquartered, is the seat of Polk County.