According to Kostroun, recent cost cutting initiatives by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) have made it possible for Commissioner Staples to implement a 20% Structural Pest Control fee reduction. And this from an agency that took a 45% cut in funding during the past legislative session! Keep in mind, these reductions are for structural pest control licenses, and not the traditional TDA (outdoor) licenses.
The new fees are as follows:
- $224 for an original business license (formerly $280)
- $224 for renewal of a business license (formerly $280)
- $108 for an original certified applicators license (formerly $135)
- $100 for renewal of a certified applicators license (formerly $125)
- $81 for an original technician license (formerly $100)
- $76 for an renewal of a technician license (formerly $95)
- $48 for anyone wishing to get approval for a continuing education course (formerly $60)
Fees that have not changed include:
- $30 for duplicate business license, certified applicator license or technician license when the original has been lost or destroyed
- $30 for reissuing a business license, certified applicators license or technician license due to a name change in the license
- $75 for administering exams in each category
- Renewal fee for applications received 90 days or less after expiration date equal to 1-1/2 times the normally required renewal fee
- Renewal fee for applications received greater than 90 days but less than one year days after expiration date equal to 2 times the normally required renewal fee (No change.)
So, if after this good news you're feeling a little lucky, think about taking that refund check and buy a lottery ticket. Despite the apparent generosity of the refunds, I'm sure the State of Texas would be mighty happy to get your money back.