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Texas Limitations on Municipal Taxes, Proposition 5 (2007)

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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.[1][2]

Election results

Texas Proposition 5 (2007)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 690,650 66.01%
No355,58333.99%

Election results via: Legislative Reference Library of Texas

Text of measure

The text of the measure can be read here.

Support

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.

Supporters

  • 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)

Opposition

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.

Opponents

  • Lonestar Times came out against it[3]
  • 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."[4]

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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