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Yes, under Chapter 43.056 of the Texas Local Government Code, the City is required to provide most city services (police protection, fire protection, solid waste collection, operation and maintenance of roads and streets, and access to city-owned recreation facilities and parks) immediately upon annexation. The City is also required to prepare a service plan to provide for the extension of municipal services to the area being annexed. The City will strive to provide services at a level of service similar to that which the City currently extends to any other similarly situated areas already within the City (based generally on characteristics of topography, land use, and population density).
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• Voting rights and representation
• Maintenance of public streets
• Regulation of land use and density through zoning
• Notifications of zoning/land use, density, or variance requests (as determined by distance).
• Code Enforcement
• Building quality standards and enforcement through inspections, especially for new houses and businesses
• Health code enforcement through restaurant inspections and employee food handler training
• Protection of natural resources from uncontrolled growth and development; regulation of development in the floodplain, and the effects of development on downstream flooding.
No, annexation does not affect property value. As improvements are made to properties, there may be a reevaluation and appraisal done at that point. Specific questions about your property valuation may be addressed to the Guadalupe County Appraisal District
When property is annexed into the City, a temporary Agricultural zoning classification is placed upon it until permanent zoning is applied. After annexation, a property owner may request a rezoning of their property. The rezoning process takes about two months and involves a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission and final action by the City Council. Additional information concerning the rezoning process is available from the Planning & Engineering Department.
Being in the city limits, your properties would be subject to land use controls, buffer zones and standards for development with oversight from city staff. Without these protections, anyone can build anything, anyway they like. This typically results in areas adjacent to high volume roadways, and high growth areas (such as most of the target areas for annexation), being targeted for projects that may not be desirable. These undesirable projects could include sexually oriented businesses, heavy industry or low quality housing projects.
Police and fire protection, emergency medical services (Cibolo contracts with the City of Schertz EMS), solid waste disposal (through City franchise provider – Republic Services cost approximately 50% less than other refuse collection providers), water and wastewater (for properties within the Cibolo service area), street maintenance and lighting, code enforcement, animal control, municipal court, parks and recreation, capital improvements, and general administration.
No, as long as your property continues to qualify for an agricultural exemption.
Note: City property taxes assessed will be levied in accordance with the standard process for agricultural exemptions for other jurisdictions property taxes. The City also honors all other county exemptions and tax freezes.
Taxes are calculated on property valuation. The City’s current tax rate (FY-2019) is $0.4674 per $100 of property valuation. Based on the City’s current tax rate, tax on a sample property valuation of $100,000 would be calculated as follows:
$100,000÷100 = $1,000 x .4674 = $467.40 City tax. It should be noted that the City tax rate is adopted annually and is subject to change.
Note: Properties with an Agricultural exemption will only be taxed on the taxable value – i.e. a property with an exemption may have a market value of $100,000, with a taxable assessed value of $1,500 after the qualifying agricultural exemption. The tax calculation will be as follows: $1,500 ÷ 100 = $15 x .4674 = $7.01 due in your annual taxes.
Property is appraised as of January 1st. Taxes are assessed in October and considered delinquent as of February of the following year. Note: The delay in property tax assessments and collections are related to State taxation laws and property appraisal processes.
State statute only allows tax abatements through a development agreement for economic development purposes or agricultural uses.
All existing exemptions on the property will remain on the property. These include qualifying agricultural exemption, homestead exemption, disabled veterans exemption, and tax freeze for persons over 65. If there is a qualifying exemption that has not been applied to the property, you may contact the Guadalupe County Appraisal District for assistance with the application process.
Upon annexation, the City will assume maintenance responsibility for all non‐private roads, where property on both sides of the road are or will be within the City Limits. In the long‐term, Cibolo will assume responsibility for upgrade or reconstruction of your road.
No. Easements acquired by the county and/or the state will remain in effect. Deed restrictions are not impacted by annexation and would continue to apply in the same manner as they currently apply to property. The city typically does not have the authority to enforce deed restrictions unless the city owns property that is subject to the same deed restrictions.
You are not required to access City water or sewer until such circumstances require you to make improvements to your well or septic system or until a water and/or wastewater connection is within reach of your property. The City of Cibolo is unique in that there are two water service providers in the area, City of Cibolo and Green Valley SUD.
A Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) gives a retail public utility the exclusive right to provide retail water and sewer utility service to an identified geographic area which our rules refer to as the "certificated service area". In Cibolo, both Green Valley SUD and City of Cibolo have CCN boundaries. Once you have located who your provider is, please contact that provider for more information on services available in your area.
City of Cibolo Animal Control Ordinance will apply to all newly annexed properties. The Animal Ordinance in Cibolo identifies livestock as any hoofed animal (solid or cloven). At the time of annexation, land owners have the option to petition City Council for a legal non-conforming use of land to be filed with the City of Cibolo. This would allow the continuation of your current lifestyle and protect those around you. This ordinance is located in the City of Cibolo Unified Development Code in Section 18.104.22.168.
No. Non‐conforming uses are allowed to remain unless they are partially destroyed (> 50% of the value of the building) or abandoned. If non‐conforming uses are destroyed or abandoned, any subsequent uses must conform to all applicable zoning regulations. The current structures and uses are grandfathered into Cibolo zoning regulations, regardless of an ag exemption.
Permits are generally required for all new construction, remodels, renovations or enlargements. Permits are also required for repairs or replacement of the parts of a building related to maintenance of structural integrity and systems related to mechanical, electrical, or plumbing. General maintenance projects such as painting, carpeting, wallpapering, replacing or adding cabinets, and trim work are considered cosmetic and do not require a permit. After annexation, the Building Permits & Inspections team with the City is a good resource for this question as they have FAQ’s online.
Yes. If you have obtained a building permit from the County and you start construction prior to the expiration of the permit, you may proceed with your project as long as the permit is still valid.
No. The City does not anticipate address changes at this time.
This is called a “controlled burn” and yes you may as long as the county has not issued a “burn ban”. There are control burn rules which is general for everyone (Outdoor Burning Rule, Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Sections 111.201-221 for the general public.) You may obtain a free of charge permit for the on-site burning of residential and agricultural yard brush and tree limbs, garden debris, and waste plant growth only. You can apply for the permit by calling or stopping by Station #1 204 Loop 539 West 210- 858- 3296 or Fire Station #2 3864 Cibolo Valley Drive 210-858-3290. A site inspection is performed before permits are issued to ensure the proposed burn is in a safe location with a source of water. To check the latest burn ban information, call the Guadalupe County Fire Marshal’s office at 830-303-8856.