Prop 13 Arizona (2010)

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This article is about a 2010 ballot proposition in Arizona. For other measures with a similar title, see Proposition 13.
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Prop 13 Arizona was a proposed ballot initiative whose supporters were trying to qualify it for the November 2, 2010 ballot in Arizona as an initiated constitutional amendment. The petition drive deadline to submit signatures for ballot consideration was July 1, 2010. The petition drive effort must have collected at least 230,046 signatures since it was a proposed constitutional amendment.[1]

The proposed initiative was called "Prop 13 Arizona" in homage to California's Proposition 13. If the measure had qualified for the ballot, it would have been given an official Arizona ballot proposition number.

"Prop 13 Arizona" was a property tax limitation measure. If it qualified for the ballot and was approved by the state's voters, it would have:

  • Limited valuation increases to no more than 2% per year.
  • Capped the total property tax at 0.5% of valuation for all residential properties and 1% for all other real property.
  • Eliminated overrides and exceptions to the tax caps.
  • Used purchase priced as the basis for taxation instead of speculative assessments. Properties purchased before January 1, 2004 would use 2003 Full Cash Value as their tax basis until resold.[2]

Text of measure

Summary of initiative

The summary of the initiative, as stated on the Arizona Secretary of State's website, read:

Prop 13 Arizona limited property taxation. Prop 13 Arizona limited valuation increases to 2% per year, caps total tax at 0.5% of valuation for all residential properties and 1% for all other real property, and eliminates exceptions to the tax caps. It rolled back property valuations to 2003 Full Cash Value for properties purchased before January 1, 2004, and set valuation at purchase price for all properties purchased on or after that date.[3]

Constitutional changes

If enacted by Arizona voters, the measure would have amended the Arizona Constitution by repealing Section 18 and 19 of Article IX and by adding a new Section 18.[3]


The official website for Prop 13 Arizona posted an article written by Arizona Central, stating the findings in the article support why the measure should be voted for. The article stated that property taxes had begun to rise throughout the state despite lower home values. Supporters for Prop 13 Arizona argued that it was the solution to these statewide problems.[4]

According to Arlene Morales, a resident who had had to take on two jobs to pay her mortgage: "I can't afford any increase in my bills now. How can my property taxes go up when I can't even sell my home for half of what, when it was new, I paid in 2004?"

Path to the ballot

The group organizing the circulation effort must have gathered the required 230,046 signatures for proposed constitutional amendments by the July 1, 2010 deadline. Signatures must have been collected from registered voters who were residents of the state. If enough were obtained by that date, the measure would then be placed on the ballot. Sponsors first filed the initiative application on March 6, 2009 and was refiled on May 11, 2009 due to a change in the initiative's text.[5]

According to Lynne Weaver, Prop 13 Arizona campaign chairwoman, the measure's signature gathering process would be a close one as far as turning in the required number of signatures. Weaver stated that the campaign was still collecting the signatures needed, and probably wouldn't file petitions with the Arizona Secretary of State's office until right before the filing deadline.

However, two days before the petition drive deadline arrived, the initiative campaign stated that their measure did not make the signature requirements to have their measure placed on the ballot. Organizers of the measure plan to start the process again in hopes of getting to the 2012 ballot.[6][7]

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