Texas Limitations on Municipal Taxes, Proposition 5 (2007)
The Texas Limitations on Municipal Taxes Amendment, also known as Proposition 5, was on the November 6, 2007 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure granted municipalities with a population under 10,000 the power to grant tax freezes for up to 5 years to property owners.
|Texas Proposition 5 (2007)|
Election results via: Legislative Reference Library of Texas
Text of measure
The text of the measure can be read here.
Supporters of this amendments hoped that these programs would make participating cities more attractive destinations for tourists. They believed that many privately owned residences did not renovate their property due to worries about tax increases. Implementing this tax freeze would lift this fear and allow for community improvement and a greater source of revenue in 5 years.
- Department of Agriculture
- Office of Rural and Community Affairs (OCPA)
- Downtown Revitalization Program
- Main Street Improvements
- Texas Capital Fund
- Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Would shift tax burdens to a very small portion of the community. Also other tax entities located in the community would have no way to protest the tax freeze since they cannot vote on it.
- Lonestar Times came out against it
- Liberty Yes, Anarchy No blog believed "such exemptions would take the overall tax burden away from businesses and lay it heavier on homeowners and other individuals, making the property tax even more unfair."
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.
- Texas 2007 ballot measures
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- List of Texas ballot measures
- History of direct democracy in Texas
- Legislative Reference Library of Texas, "Constitutional amendment election dates," accessed January 19, 2015
- Texas Legislative Council, "Amendments to the Texas Constitution Since 1876," accessed January 19, 2015
- Lonestar Times, "November Ballot - Proposition 5"
- Liberty Yes, Anarchy No, "Texas 2007 Constitutional Election- How to Vote," October 12, 2007
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