Texas Proposition 1, Increase in Residence Homestead Tax Exemption (August 1997)

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Texas Proposition 1 (August) was on the August 9, 1997 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. It was one of fifteen proposed constitutional amendments voted onto the ballot in 1997 by the Texas State Legislature, and the only one on the August 9 ballot.

Proposition 1 (August) was described on the ballot as "Increasing residence homestead exemption."

Election results

Proposition 1 (August)
Approveda Yes 693,522 93.82%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment providing school property tax relief by increasing the residence homestead exemption by $10,000 and providing for the transfer of the tax limitation to another qualified homestead for persons over 65 and a reduction in taxes on homesteads subject to the limitation."[1]

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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