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Our opinion of August 1, 2001 is withdrawn and in lieu thereof the Court issues the following opinion. The judgment of August 1, 2001 is unaffected. Presenting a case of first impression involving section 25.25(b) *fn1 of the Texas Tax Code, Western Athletic Clubs, Inc. and Western Athletic Clubs, of Texas, Inc. (Western) contends the trial court erred in denying its motion for summary judgment and granting the motion for summary judgment of Harris County Appraisal District (District) and Harris County Appraisal Review Board (Board), and rendering judgment that Western take nothing on its action filed on April 29, 1999. Pursuant to section 41.45(f) of the Code, Western filed suit seeking an order directing the Board to schedule and hold a hearing on its notice of protest for tax years 1983 through 1987. By its first and second issues, Western contends the trial court erred because it was entitled to a hearing on its protest. By issues three and four, Western contends it was entitled to an order granting its motion to correct the appraisal rolls for tax years 1983 through 1987. Based upon the rationale and authorities expressed herein, we affirm.

For tax years 1983 through 1995, Western rendered its personal property in accordance with the District’s guidelines regardless of whether the improvements had been permanently affixed to the real estate. Based on the guidelines, the leasehold improvements were appraised by the District as “personal property” and not fixtures to real estate for each tax year. Western filed a motion pursuant to section 25.25(c)(2) requesting that the Board correct multiple appraisals of the leasehold improvements and the resulting excessive valuation of Western’s personal property account for tax years 1991 through 1995. In response, the Board issued an order correcting the appraisal rolls for tax years 1991 through 1995 to delete the value of the leasehold improvements from Western’s personal property account. By its brief, Western acknowledges that before the adoption of the amendment to section 25.25(b) effective September 1, 1997, the Code did not provide a remedy to correct an error for a tax year earlier than 1991.

Following adoption of rules by the Board of Directors of the District as authorized by section 25.25(b), on November 9, 1998, Western filed forms requesting that the chief appraiser change the appraisal rolls for tax years 1983 through 1987 under section 25.25(b) and the Board rules. After the chief appraiser notified Western by letter dated December 1, 1998, that he was unable to approve Western’s request for tax years 1983 through 1987, by its letter of January 4, 1999, Western sent a notice of protest of the denial of 1983 through 1987 Prior Year Correction Request to the Board. Replying to that notice, counsel for the Board notified Western that the Board did not possess the express authority to review or change the appraisal records pursuant to section 25.25(b). Western filed suit against the District and Board on April 29, 1999.

 
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