Re: Where have all the Texans gone?
Scatterbrain, yes and no. A landowner obviously will pay taxes on the land, and the higher the appraised value, the higher the tax. No surprise there. One can apply for an agricultural exemption by placing a certain number of livestock on the property, making application through the county appraisal district. Several years ago, in Texas, voters approved a new exemption for wildlife management. Again, one has to apply, and once approved, submit an annual report showing how the land owner is working towards the goals and objectives listed in the original application.
It isn't as simple as just filling out the application (10 pages) and mailing it in. There are 7 wildlife management areas of activity, and you must choose 3 that you will be involved in. For example, we choose supplemental water, & feed, predator reduction and supplemental shelter (bird or bat houses).
Once approved, the taxes paid are much lower than what you would pay ordinarily.