Bees can ease taxes

Safely handling bees can help lower your property taxes as well as being a fun family activity and providing honey for your table.
Photo courtesy of Central Texas Beekeepers Association

Property taxes on small acreages can now be lowered by keeping bees on the property. Texas law allows bees and bee hives to qualify for reducing property taxes similar to livestock or raising hay on plots ranging from five to 20 acres. Dennis Herbert drafted the original legislation for the current bee law that allows small acreage land owners to raise bees on their property. Herbert will be at the 11th Annual Beginning Beekeeping School on March 23 in Brenham. He will host several sessions to discuss this law and how you can use beekeeping to qualify for these property savings. Other aspects of beekeeping will also be available, including how to start keeping bees, how to harvest honey and how to raise queens. For more information and to register, go to: or call 979-277-0411. — Michael Kelling