Arizona Agricultural Property Tax Exemption Amendment, Proposition 102 (1994)

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The Arizona Agricultural Property Tax Exemption Amendment, also known as Proposition 102 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 1004, was on the November 8, 1994 ballot in Arizona as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. It was approved.

This amendment to Article IX, Section 13 of the Arizona Constitution provided a personal property tax exemption for livestock, poultry, aquatic animals and honeybees to those primarily involved in agricultural production.[1]

Election results

Arizona Proposition 102 (1994)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 552,028 51.71%
No515,61148.29%

Official results via: Arizona Secretary of State

Text of measure

The text of the ballot read:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

OFFICIAL TITLE

Senate Concurrent Resolution 1004
A concurrent resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Arizona; amending Article IX, Section 13, Constitution of Arizona; relating to property tax exemption.

DESCRIPTIVE TITLE

Amending Arizona Constitution to provide a personal property tax exemption for livestock, poultry, aquatic animals and honeybees owned by a person primarily involved in agricultural production, subject to conditions the legislature may set.[1]

Constitutional changes

Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Arizona, the House of Representatives concurring:
1. Article IX, section 13, Constitution of Arizona, is proposed to be amended as follows if approved by the voters and on proclamation of the Governor:
13. Inventory, materials and products of manufacturers; production livestock and animals; tax exemption
Section 13. No tax shall be levied on:
1. Raw or unfinished materials, unassembled parts, work in process or finished products, constituting the inventory of a manufacturer or manufacturing establishment located within the state and principally engaged in the fabrication, production and manufacture of products, wares and articles for use, from raw or prepared materials, imparting thereto new forms, qualities, properties and combinations, which materials, parts, work in process or finished products are not consigned or billed to any other party.
2. LIVESTOCK, POULTRY, AQUATIC ANIMALS AND HONEYBEES OWNED BY A PERSON WHO IS PRINCIPALLY ENGAGED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, SUBJECT TO SUCH CONDITIONS AS MAY BE PRESCRIBED BY LAW.
2. The Secretary of State shall submit this proposition to the voters at the next general election as provided by article XXI, Constitution of Arizona.[1]

Note: Deleted language is crossed out, added language is capitalized.

Support

Supporters included:[1]

  • United Dairymen of Arizona
  • Southeast Arizona Chapter of the American Ostrich Association
  • Arizona Ostrich/Emu Association
  • United Ratite Producers of Arizona
  • Ostrich Association of Arizona
  • Arizona Farm Bureau
  • Arizona Pork Council
  • Arizona Emu Association
  • Arizona Cattle Feeders' Association

Arguments in favor of the amendment include:[1]

  • The proposition would lessen the personal property tax of those in the agricultural industry.
  • The tax exemption will encourage current operators to stay in Arizona and those out of state to consider re-location to Arizona.
  • The public will see lower livestock food product prices.

Opposition

No opposition arguments were listed in the ballot guide.

Path to the ballot

Proposition 102 was placed on the ballot by SCR 1004.[1] House votes:

  • Ayes - 55
  • Nays - 3
  • Not Voting - 2

Senate votes:

  • Ayes - 20
  • Nays - 9
  • Not Voting - 1

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