I received new division orders for two recently inherited producing well units that were previously in my Mother’s estate. The decimal ownership listed on the Howard County (Texas) Tax Office website for the first well unit is 0.0007100 for tax years 2018 and 2019. The decimal interest listed on the division order that I received is 0.00035487. The decimal ownership listed on the Tax Office site for the second well is 0.0008900, while the decimal interest listed on the division order is 0.0004489.
It is my understanding that the oil company reports the actual decimal ownership in the well unit to the County Tax Office, so I am concerned that the decimal interest listed on the division orders is incorrect. To the best of my knowledge there have been no changes in the well units or the leases since 2018.
Shouldn’t the decimal interest be the same on the County Tax Office records and the division orders?