Tex. Local Gov't Code Section 263.201
Acquisition and Conveyance of Land for Water Projects


If a county that has a part of its boundary coincident with a part of the international boundary between the United States and Mexico, or that is contiguous to such a county, has made an agreement with the United States to acquire and, on request, convey to the United States, with or without monetary consideration, land or an interest in land desired by the United States to enable the United States or an establishment of the United States to carry out an act of the United States Congress in aid of navigation, irrigation, flood control, or improvement of water courses and to accomplish a purpose specified by Section 2204.101 (Consent to United States to Acquire Land), Government Code, the commissioners court of the county may:


on request by the United States through its proper officer for the conveyance of land, or an interest in land, that is necessary for the construction, operation, or maintenance of the water project, acquire the land or interest in land by gift or purchase or by condemnation in accordance with Chapter 21 (Eminent Domain), Property Code, for ultimate conveyance to the United States; and


pay for the land or interest in land from special flood control funds or other available county funds.


In a condemnation by the county, the county, after the award by the special commissioners appointed under Chapter 21 (Eminent Domain), Property Code, may file a declaration of taking adopted by resolution of the commissioners court and signed by the county judge.


The declaration of taking must contain:


a declaration that the land or interest in land described in the original petition is taken for a public use and for ultimate conveyance to the United States;


a description of the land sufficient for the identification of the land;


a statement of the estate or interest in the land being taken;


a statement of the public use to be made of the land;


a plan showing the land being taken; and


a statement of the amount of damages awarded by the special commissioners, or by the jury on appeal, for the taking of the land.


When the commissioners court files the declaration of taking with the county clerk, deposits money in an amount equal to the amount of the award against the county with the county clerk subject to the order of the defendant, and pays any costs awarded against the county:


the land is considered to be condemned and taken for the uses specified in the declaration;


the title to the estate or interest in the land specified in the declaration vests in the county; and


the right to just compensation vests in the person entitled to the compensation.


When title passes, the commissioners court may immediately convey the land or interest in land to the United States.


An appeal from an award of the special commissioners or the service of process by publication does not suspend the vesting of title in the county. On appeal the only issue is the amount of damages due from the county to the owner of the land or interest in land for its taking.
Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 149, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 5.95(24), eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 81 (S.B. 18), Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2011.

Source: Section 263.201 — Acquisition and Conveyance of Land for Water Projects, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/LG/htm/LG.­263.­htm#263.­201 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

Jun. 5, 2024

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