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Arizona Local Property Tax Levies, Proposition 101 (2006)

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Arizona Proposition 101, also called the Local Property Tax Levies Act appeared on the November 7, 2006 election ballot in Arizona as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1]

Election results

Local Property Tax Levies
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 736,169 50.7%
No715,15449.3%
Election results from Arizona Elections Department.

Impact

It was a proposal to remove unused taxing capacity and reset each taxing entity's limit to the actual tax levy of that county, city, town or community college district in 2005.

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

The Arizona Constitution limits the amount of primary property tax that a county, city, town or community college district may levy. Each taxing entity's limit was established in 1980, and that limit has increased by 2% each year, plus any new construction. Counties, cities, towns and community college districts not at their levy limit may increase primary property taxes to the maximum levy limit without voter approval.

Proposition 101, known as the "2006 Taxpayer Protection Act," would amend the Arizona Constitution to remove unused taxing capacity and reset each taxing entity's limit to the actual tax levy of that county, city, town or community college district in 2005. Beginning in 2007, the new levy limit would increase by 2% per year, plus any new construction.[2]

Supporting Arguments

There were many arguments for Prop 101 most of them praising Prop 101 for limiting local governments ability to raise property taxes. This had become a problem in Arizona because property valuations were rising and many individuals could not afford to keep their land if property taxes rose as well. One such group of people were ranchers here is a statement from Bill Brake, President, Arizona Cattlemen's Association

"The Arizona Cattlemen's Association strongly supports Proposition 101. This measure will help ensure that increasing property valuations do not translate into huge property tax increases. It ensures that we as voters will be granted the opportunity to participate when property taxes are proposed to be raised in excess of 2 percent over their levies in 2005.

It takes large parcels of land to raise food in Arizona - with these large parcels we have great tax exposure and Proposition 101 will protect property taxpayers when the valuations climb."

Opposing Arguments

According to the Secretary of State no opposing view points were officially submitted

Campaign finance

Donors to the campaign for the measure:[3]

  • Yes on Proposition 101: $119,402
  • Total: $119,402

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References

  1. Arizona 2006 election results
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Follow the Money, "Arizona Donors"