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Letting researchers study plants and animals on your Texas land can get you a property tax break

A little-known and ill-defined provision in state statute offers big tax breaks to landowners who host university research on their property. Two lawmakers are trying — again — to close the "loophole."

A heavily wooded area (left) of a property off of CR 4515 near Athens that the owners got designated as an ecolab research a…

“I didn’t see any harm in it”

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A "tiny" program

Bill Jackson, chief appraiser for Henderson County, looked over reports from different ecolab research projects conducted by…
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"They're studying what?"

“There are other ways for the state to fund research"

A heavily wooded area of a property off of CR 4515 near Athens that the owners got designated as an ecolab research area.

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