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TITLE 30ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 17TAX RELIEF FOR PROPERTY USED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
RULE §17.25Appeals Process

(a) Applicability.

  (1) This subchapter applies to all appeals of use determinations issued by the executive director. A proceeding based upon an appeal filed under this subchapter is not a contested case for purposes of Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001.

  (2) The following persons may appeal a use determination issued by the executive director:

    (A) the applicant seeking a use determination; and

    (B) the chief appraiser of the appraisal district for the county in which the property for which a use determination is sought is located.

(b) Form and timing of appeal. An appeal must be in writing and must be filed by United States mail, facsimile, or hand delivery with the chief clerk of the commission within 20 days after the receipt of the executive director's determination letter. A person is presumed to have been notified on the third regular business day after the date the notice of the executive director's action is mailed by first class mail. If an appeal meeting the requirements of this subsection is not filed within the time period specified, the executive director's use determination is final. An appeal filed under this subchapter must:

  (1) provide the name, address, and daytime telephone number of the person who files the appeal;

  (2) give the name and address of the entity to which the use determination was issued;

  (3) provide the use determination application number for the application for which the use determination was issued;

  (4) request commission consideration of the use determination; and

  (5) explain the basis for the appeal.

(c) Appeal processing. The chief clerk shall:

  (1) deliver or mail to the executive director a copy of the appeal;

  (2) deliver or mail a copy of the appeal to the applicant if the appeal was filed by the chief appraiser or to the chief appraiser if the appeal was filed by the applicant; and

  (3) schedule the appeal for consideration at the next regularly scheduled commission meeting for which adequate notice can be given.

(d) Action by the general counsel. The general counsel may remand a matter from the commission's agenda to the executive director if the executive director or the public interest counsel requests a remand.

(e) Action by the commission.

  (1) The person seeking the determination and the chief appraiser may testify at the commission meeting at which the appeal is considered.

  (2) The commission may remand the matter to the executive director for a new determination or deny the appeal and affirm the executive director's use determination.

  (3) If the commission denies the appeal and affirms the executive director's use determination, the commission's decision shall be final and appealable in district court.

(f) Action by the executive director.

  (1) If the commission remands a use determination to the executive director, the executive director shall:

    (A) conduct a new technical review of the application that includes an evaluation of any information presented during the commission meeting; and

    (B) upon completion of the technical review, issue a new determination. A copy of the new determination shall be mailed to both the applicant and the chief appraiser of the county in which the property is located.

  (2) A new determination by the executive director may be appealed to the commission in the manner provided by this subchapter.

(g) Withdrawn appeals. An appeal may be withdrawn by the entity who requested the appeal. The withdrawal must be in writing, and give the name, address, and daytime telephone number of the person who files the withdrawal, and the withdrawal shall indicate the identification number of the use determination. The withdrawal must be filed by United States mail, facsimile, or hand delivery with the chief clerk of the commission.


Source Note: The provisions of this §17.25 adopted to be effective January 9, 2002, 27 TexReg 185; amended to be effective December 13, 2010, 35 TexReg 10964

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