Texas Proposition 13, Property Tax Freeze for Disabled and Elderly (September 2003)
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Texas Proposition 13, also known as the Freeze Property Taxes Act, was on the September 13, 2003 special election ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.
HJR 16/Proposition 13 authorized county, city, town, and junior college districts to freeze property taxes on a residential homestead of a person who is disabled or aged 65 or older.
Text of measure
The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment to permit counties, cities and towns, and junior college districts to establish an ad valorem tax freeze on residence homesteads of the disabled and of the elderly and their spouses."
The successful passage of Proposition 13 added §Section 1(b) to Article 8 of the Texas Constitution.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing direct democracy in Texas
As laid out in Article 17 of the Texas Constitution, in order for a proposed constitutional amendment to be placed on the ballot, the Texas State Legislature must propose the amendment in a joint resolution of both the Texas State Senate and the Texas House of Representatives. The joint resolution can originate in either the House or the Senate. The resolution must be adopted by a vote of at least two-thirds of the membership of each house of the legislature. That amounts to a minimum of 100 votes in the House of Representatives and 21 votes in the Senate.
- Proposition 13 Election Results
- Analysis of Proposition 13
- Constitutional amendments on the September 13, 2003 Texas ballot