Texas Tax Exemptions for Disabled Veterans, Proposition 9 (2007)
The Texas Tax Exemptions for Disabled Veterans Amendment, also known as Proposition 9, was on the November 6, 2007 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure authorized the legislature to exempt all or part of the residence homesteads of certain totally disabled veterans from ad valorem taxation. The measure also authorized a change in determining the amount of the existing exemption from ad valorem taxation that disabled veterans were entitled to.
The proposition initiated the following changes:
- at least 10 percent but less than 30 would be granted a property tax exemption up to $5000
- 30 percent but less than 50 would get a $7,500 property tax exemption
- 50 percent but less than 70 would get a $10,000 property tax exemption
- 70 percent or more would be granted a $12,000 property tax exemption
|Texas Proposition 9 (2007)|
Election results via: Legislative Reference Library of Texas
Text of measure
The text of the measure can be read here.
It would align the state's plan with those of the procedures currently used by Veterans' Affairs in calculating disability.
- It would be a token of gratitude to America's soldiers
- Would allow disable veterans to round up instead of down for a tax break
The Capitol Annex did not endorse Proposition 9 because:
|“||Total exemption from ad valorem taxes on residence homesteads of vets who are totally disabled will sharply reduce revenue available to local governments and shift that burden back, ultimately, to other taxpayers or the state. In addition, with the increasing number of Iraq and Afghanistan conflict veterans who are coming home disabled, this will cause the burden to worsen and last for a not insignificant amount of time.||”|
The statement of opposition states that a property tax break would cost too much to local governments or school districts.
- The influx due to Iraq would cause even more of a burden on local governments if this was granted.
- Totally disabled veterans are eligible for a tax freeze under Art. 8 so they would never face a tax increase.
Media editorial positions
- The Dallas Morning News said, "Voting yes would allow veterans who suffer from severe disabilities to get an exemption from their property taxes. We say vote yes."
- The Austin Chronicle said, "Under current imperial conditions, this is the least we can do for disabled veterans. Now let's stop making more of them."
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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- 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
- Texas Legislature Online, "S.J.R. 29," accessed January 19, 2015
- Capital Annex, "2007 Constitutional Amendment Election Endorsements," October 23, 2007
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Dallas Morning News, "We Recommend," October 23, 2007
- Austin Chronicle, "Austin Chronicle Endorsements," November 2, 2007
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