Senate Bill 1812, passed during the 2015 legislative session, requires cities to annually fill out a web-based form with the comptroller relating to each city’s statutory eminent domain authority. (The failure to fill out the form could result in a $1,000 penalty against a city.) The first annual entry was due last February.
The next reporting period is open now and the second annual entry is due by February 1, 2018. The 2018 entry is, for almost every city, just an update of previously-filed information, including whether the city exercised its eminent domain authority in the preceding calendar year by filing a condemnation petition under Section 21.012, Property Code. The Comptroller’s website will automatically display your previously entered information. You may not need to change any of the information. Of course, any city that never filled out the form as required should do so now.