Q: How does the City Acquire Property?
A: All statutory cities have authority to acquire real estate for various purposes. These cities may acquire real property either within or outside their corporate limits. Statutory cities may acquire real estate in any of the following ways:
- Purchase. A city can acquire the title to land by simply buying it.
- Gifts of land. A city can accept gifts of land.
- Dedication. A city can require developers to dedicate land for parks, streets, and utility purposes as a condition of subdivision approval.
- Devise. A city may receive real estate in a person’s will.
- Eminent domain (condemnation). This is a required sale of land to a government entity for public use or public purpose.
- Tax-Foreclosure. Tax Sales are the final remedy to collect delinquent property taxes. Conducted by a deputy constable, the tax sale is held on the first Tuesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. on the steps of the McLennan County Courthouse. The tax sale is separate from any other foreclosure sales held at the same time on the courthouse steps.
- Easements. A city often acquires easements over property for such things as streets, sewers, storm drains and utilities. Sometimes these easements are acquired by purchase or condemnation; other times the owner of the property may give them to the city.