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New Legislative Changes to Slash Operating Costs for Texas Park Operators

Texas park operators stand to benefit from newly approved bills aimed at reducing operating costs and mitigating legal risks. The changes were detailed at the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) annual Spring Meeting and Tradeshow and announced by the association in a press release.

One of the standout pieces of legislation from this session is House Bill 1612, championed by Rep. J.M. Lozano, R-Kingsville, and its companion bill, Senate Bill 594 by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo. These bills are set to amend how water rates are calculated. Previously, water rates at RV parks were determined per site, as if each site were a residential home, leading to disproportionately high charges.

“The impact of this legislation on a park’s water bills will vary, depending on the formula their local water agency has been using. But the savings could range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars per month,” Brian Schaeffer, TACO’s executive director, and CEO, said.

The government affairs presentation included Ron Hinkle, TACO’s lobbyist, Randall Dally, the association’s president and legislative advocate, and Michael Moore, TACO’s assistant executive director.

Further legislative success came with the approval of HB 2636, sponsored by Andrew Murr, R-Kerrville. This bill will protect campground and RV park operators against liability for certain types of injuries that occur on their premises due to guest negligence. This measure is a significant step to reducing the risk of costly lawsuits.

However, not all legislative efforts were good news.

TACO’s initiatives to moderate commercial property tax increases faced a setback. The proposed legislation aimed to cap annual property tax increases at 5% and shift the basis of property value assessment from an ‘income method’ to a ‘cost to replace’ method.

Despite the efforts, it did not receive enough legislative support to be brought to a final vote. Park operators could continue to face escalating property tax rates, which have increased by as much as 500% in some cases in recent years.

Another area where progress stalled was establishing a statewide building code for RV parks based on NFPA 1194 standards.

Schaeffer noted that many jurisdictions in Texas are resistant to RV parks and have implemented codes that could significantly increase the cost of developing or expanding parks. 

Despite these setbacks, TACO’s leadership remains optimistic about future legislative sessions. 

Looking ahead, TACO has already scheduled its next Spring Meeting and Tradeshow for April 29 to April 30 at the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center in Conroe, Texas. 

To learn more about TACO, visit texascampgrounds.com.

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Julie Roberts
Julie Roberts
May 6, 2024 5:07 pm

Have you heard the latest? Park operators in Texas are in for some good news! New bills are cutting water rates and boosting safety measures, supporting operators through tough times. Exciting updates ahead!

Brooke Valley
Brooke Valley
May 6, 2024 6:20 pm

Besides the legislative changes at the TACO meet-up, park operators in Texas can look into energy-saving ideas and teaming up with eco-friendly suppliers to cut costs and go green. Attending industry events for smart money strategies can be key to staying ahead in the outdoor hospitality scene.

OldenTale217
OldenTale217
May 6, 2024 9:08 pm

The recent updates at the Texas Campground Owners Meeting sound promising! Exciting to see HB 1612 and SB 594 helping with cost-saving. Hope for more support to boost our parks!

WaveCrushr_80
WaveCrushr_80
May 7, 2024 11:44 am
Reply to  OldenTale217

Thanks for sharing that! It’s great to hear about the updates at the Texas Campground Owners Meeting! These changes are really going to make a difference for us park operators. Let’s hope for even more support coming our way. Keep those positive vibes coming!

PennantMan173
PennantMan173
May 7, 2024 12:36 am

Did you know about the recent changes for Texas park operators? It’s cool that lawmakers are stepping up to help reduce costs and protect RV parks. Great news for operators!

ClaytonDew
ClaytonDew
May 7, 2024 6:41 am

Staying updated on those legislative changes is key for Texas park operators. How do you think they can make the most of these new bills? Share your thoughts!

Love2HelpU-747
Love2HelpU-747
May 7, 2024 6:50 am

Can you imagine all the new perks for Texas park operators? With the changes, not only costs could drop, but we might see more visitors and better experiences. Let’s keep an eye out for more workshops and resources to make the most out of these updates!

GarrettHalo
GarrettHalo
May 7, 2024 9:30 am

Just stumbled upon something cool! Texas park operators have some neat new bills to check out. They’re all about cutting costs and risk. With House Bill 1612 and Senate Bill 594 tweaking water rates, savings could be big. Plus, HB 2636 protects park owners from certain liabilities. Pretty sweet, right?

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