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Texas Proposition 2, Tax Valuations of Residence Homesteads (1997)

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This article is about a 1997 ballot measure in Texas. For other measures with a similar title, see Proposition 2.
Texas Proposition 2 was on the November 4, 1997 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. It was one of fifteen proposed constitutional amendments voted onto the ballot in 1997 by the Texas State Legislature.

Proposition 2 was described on the ballot as "The constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to limit increases in the appraised value of residence homesteads for ad valorem taxation and to permit a school district to calculate the school property tax freeze applicable tot he residence homestead of an elderly person or the surviving spouse of an elderly person in accordance with the law authorizing the transfer of the school property tax freeze to a different homestead regardless of whether that law was in effect at the time the person established the person's homestead."

Election results

Proposition 2
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 852,031 75.67%
No273,95724.33%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to limit increases in the appraised value of residence homesteads for ad valorem taxation and to permit a school district to calculate the school property tax freeze applicable tot he residence homestead of an elderly person or the surviving spouse of an elderly person in accordance with the law authorizing the transfer of the school property tax freeze to a different homestead regardless of whether that law was in effect at the time the person established the person's homestead."[1]

Proposition 2 added Section 1(i) and Section 1-b(g) to 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.

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