HBA-KDB H.B. 2782 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2782 By: Villarreal, Mike Ways & Means 7/18/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE A taxing unit has to pay costs associated with the processing and consideration of an application or request for tax abatement. Prior to the 77th Legislature, a taxing unit, including a county, was not authorized to charge a fee for processing such an application or request. House Bill 2782 authorizes the commissioners court of a county to impose a reasonable fee in connection with an application or request for tax abatement. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 2782 amends the Tax Code to provide that the guidelines and criteria adopted by the commissioners court of a county may include a requirement that an application or request for tax abatement submitted to the county under the Property Redevelopment and Tax Abatement Act must be accompanied by a reasonable application fee not to exceed $1,000. EFFECTIVE DATE June 15, 2001.