Historic Tax Exemption

Partial Property Tax Exemption for Historically Significant Sites

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2018 Historic tax exemptions

The Williamson County Appraisal District (WCAD) is accepting applications for the partial tax exemption for historically significant properties between January 1 and April 30, 2018.  Any maintenance issues noted on the 2017 inspection forms must be addressed before the 2018 inspections, which will take place in late April and early May. Please refer to the historic tax exemption calendar for details.

About the program

The partial tax exemption program for historically significant properties was created in 1988. The program is administered jointly by the City of Round Rock Planning Department and the Williamson Central Appraisal District (WCAD). Under this program, property owners receive a 75% exemption of municipal property taxes. The program encourages owners of historic properties to use money saved on taxes to provide regular maintenance and/or repair to their historic structures. The overall benefit to Round Rock is the long term preservation of the City’s historic resources.

Information about the partial tax exemption for historic properties program is also provided in the brochure Partial Tax Exemption for Historically Significant Properties, and the full text of the program ordinance can be found in Zoning Ordinance Section 46-108.

Eligibility

Properties with historic zoning, and even some that don’t have historic zoning but have historical significance may apply for a partial exemption of City property taxes.

  • The property must be deemed “historically significant.” Please refer to Zoning Ordinance Section 46-108 (f) for criteria to determine historic significance
  • The property must include at least one manmade structure (no vacant lots)
  • The owner must re-apply each year
  • The property must be properly maintained according to the criteria in the inspection checklist. The Historic Preservation Commission inspects properties each year.


Application Process

 

  1. If you participated in the program last year, please ensure that any issues noted from last year’s inspection (per letter sent the previous July) have been addressed before submitting an application this year.
  2. Submission of application: The application is available on the WCAD website (“Historic or Archeological Site Property Tax Exemption Application”). Complete the application and submit before April 30 to:

Williamson Central Appraisal District
625 FM 1460
Georgetown, Texas 78626-8050

  1. Inspection: A Historic Preservation Commissioner will be visiting your property to complete the annual inspection (inspection criteria given below).
  2. Application processing: The HPC will vote on which properties meet the maintenance criteria and make its recommendation to the City Council. The Council will review the recommendation and render a decision by July 15th of the application year.
  3. A letter will be sent to you at the end of July letting you know whether your application has been accepted, and any maintenance issues noted during this year’s inspection that must be addressed in order to be eligible for the program next year.

Inspection Checklist

After an application is received, properties will be inspected to ensure that it meets requirements for receiving a tax abatement (below). Properties that fail to meet all the given criteria have one year to fix the problem(s); the same maintenance item noted on two consecutive inspections disqualifies the applicant form receiving an abatement.

Section 46-108 (g) Preservation and maintenance. The following items shall be used in determining whether a historic site has been maintained in accordance with minimum property, structural and health standards:

  1. Any well, cesspool or cistern shall be securely covered or closed;
  2. Dead trees and tree limbs that are reasonably capable of causing injury to a person shall be removed;
  3. Any structure or portion of a structure which is vacant shall be securely closed so as to prevent unauthorized entry;
  4. Paint or other coatings shall be applied at reasonable intervals so as to protect the exterior surfaces of a structure which are subject to decay;
  5. The exterior grounds shall be maintained free of excessive rubbish, garbage, junk or refuse;
  6. Screens and shutters existing at the time of historic designation or added subsequent thereto shall be maintained in good repair;
  7. Broken windows shall be replaced or reglazed;
  8. Exterior doors and doorways shall be maintained in good repair and operable condition;
  9. Skirting around the structure, if any, shall be maintained in good repair;
  10. Porch flooring and supports shall be maintained in a sound condition, capable of bearing an imposed load safely;
  11. Railings and handrails of exterior stairs, steps, balconies, porches and other exterior features shall be maintained in a sound condition so as to afford safety;
  12. Rotted exterior wood shall be replaced and repainted;
  13. Broken or partially missing gutters or downspouts shall be replaced or repaired;
  14. Loose bricks or stones in the exterior of a structure shall be re-established or replaced and all joints weatherproofed by proper maintenance of appropriate materials;
  15. Fences and the exteriors of accessory buildings shall be maintained in reasonable repair, including painting if applicable; and
  16. The property shall be kept in conformance with all city codes.

For more information on the program, contact Senior Planner Joelle Jordan at 512-218-5422 or Office Manager Vickie Moreno at 512-218-5415.  Contact the Williamson County Appraisal District (www.wcad.org) at 512-930-3787.