No, this is not true. The only thing is that anything under 10 acres must have an aerobic septic system which is very hard to come by for the area and while living off the grid. They are trying to keep companies from selling parcels this small because it has caused many issues and obstacles for the unsuspecting land buyer.
I also have info on property tax. If you have not paid off your property, then you are currently paying a reduced tax rate that was given to Sunset Ranches. How do I know this ? I was told this by the appraiser's office when I called them. Why did I call the appraisal office ? Because I recently got a letter from them about property that I paid for. It was the new appraisal of the property and to inform me of the 400.6% tax increase. Yes, I said 400.6% tax increase. There is nothing special about this property and it is not on the road. In fact it is 1.5 miles off the road. I can't say for everyone else but this is what has happened with me.
If you don't mind, it would be helpful to know a dollar amount for the taxes. To help put it in perspective, so for example, how much for a 20 acre parcel, per year. Currently the taxes on my parcels are paid by the developer (current owner, lender), so I probably have another 10 years left before I have it paid off. Thanks and best wishes.
Hi Carlin, For the 20 acres I mentioned that increased 400%, the amount was $160 a year. This amount is minimal but what struck me was the amount of increase and basically how big Sunset Ranches tax break is. Now for 20 or 40 acres the taxes would be fine but I currently am at 1030 acres. I did find out that you can request an appeal and there are several requests you can make that will lower your tax rate. As an example, if you are a disabled Veteran, If you plan to use the land for farm or agricultural or if you have a large amount of land taxed as a single unit. But all of these must be requested and approved by Sierra Blanca board members. This is what I was told by the tax office in Sierra Blanca. Hope this helps some.
Thanks so much for the specific numbers, that will help with planning. I'm not an expert on this, but what I'm wondering, is that the Sunset Ranch tax is based on the whole ranch, and it may also be grandfathered in at an old rate. When the land is subdivided, and the deed transferred, it then gets re... reassessed or what ever the word is. And then of course, when you develop, build something, again, they may raise the value of the land again, and more taxes. A thought I just had, since I have 4 of the twenty acre parcels, if I keep all my improvements on one of the parcels, the tax on the other 3 shouldn't get jacked too bad... will see how that happens, but will be a while. Thanks again and best wishes.
Carlin, Texas is a non-disclosure State. What this means is that they can't force you to disclose how much you paid for your land or what improvements have been made. With that said, they will send you a letter , after you have paid for a parcel(s) and ask you to volunteer how much you paid. I strongly suggest that you provide this information since it will benefit you you for taxes. If you don't answer, then they assess your land based off of current selling prices of land around you which they may artificially inflate. As for the Sunset Ranches tax rate, it was a brokered deal with Hudspeth County and Sunset Ranches as land developers. County gave Sunset Ranches a very nice tax break with no increases. Also, I was told by the County Clerk in Sierra Blanca that no permits are required to build on your land if it's 20 acres or more. She told me very bluntly that "it's your land, do want you want with it." She did say she would sell me any permits I wanted but no one would come and inspect. I'm not sure how often or if they do reassess the property but I would not let that prevent me from building were I wanted on any of my parcels especially since they , by law, can't ask or trespass. Hope this helps. I'll do my best to answer based off what I know and have been told by the County.
Howdy we're looking at purchasing 60 acres in Sierra Blanca and have read a lot of post about going to the water company to have water hauled which is good to know but I'm curious about what septic systems are being used and cost also if anyone is using compost toilets? Any help would be appreciated my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd like to second that question. There are those who posted here who know about how to get water from a company in Sierra Blanca. If you know the name of that company and its contact info, I'd appreciate the info. Thanks.
Wayne: If this blog is checked regularly, someone may come along soon and answer your question. You may need to be patient.
I have 2 parcels in Hudspeth County, each 20+ acres; they are lore 23 & 24, Section 33, Block 13,PSL,a/k/a Longhorn Ranchettes. Thins is not a platter subdivision. These parcels are close, in general, to the lots mentioned in these communications.
I am interested in selling them, as I do not reside in the area and will, alas, be unable to move there. I prefer to sell them within the next four months, especially to those who already have an affinity for the area. If any of you have interest or know of someone else wanting to take advantage of the benefits this region offers, please contact me at email@example.com.
Just wanted to sign up and stay informed. I just spoke to the folks at Sunset ranches on Friday. I was told there were a few areas for sell that had utilities. I was also told there was a local guy that would haul in water. I was not told anything by the sales rep, FYI! He didn't know Jack! He flat out said he could be of no help about water or utilities or anything else, he gave me the number of one of the folks that do the tours. He said he just sells the land!!! Nice to see there seems to be a lot of really nice people buying the properties.
I'm in Pecos, Tx now. I've been working out here about 6 years. The thought of moving back to Houston is a nightmare after living in West Texas so long now! It would not be a far drive for me some weekend if anyone needed a picture or needed information needed in person.
Go with Lonestar Investments. They are in El Paso and are honest.
http://www.lonestarinvestments.com/ I bought from them three times and have many friends who bought with them. I love my properties in the old Silver Spur Ranch off 1111 south of Sierra blanca. You can e-mail me with other questions if you want. Wetlandspecialist@gmail.com