Texas Gov. Rick Perry may sign legislation this month to repeal a controversial Texas trailer tax, reports Brian Schaeffer, executive director of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).
Schaeffer said representatives of TACO, the Escapees RV CLUB and the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association (TRVA) have been working intensively to repeal the tax, and that two bills aimed at doing that have cleared various legislative committees, paving the way for Gov. Perry to sign legislation repealing the tax later this month.
The two bills are designed to correct an error that resulted from the poor wording of legislation approved in response to a November 2001 ballot measure.
The ballot initiative was supposed to allow taxing units other than school districts to grant exemptions to owners of registered, nonincome-producing travel trailers. But in implementing the change, Texas lawmakers inadvertently used wording that made travel trailers subject to school taxes, prompting the ire of trailer owners across the state.
The annual tax would have amounted to about 2% of the purchase price or assessed value of a trailer. More than 161,000 travel trailers were registered across the Lone Star State as of January 2001, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.