Texas Property Tax Freeze for Disabled and Elderly, Proposition 13 (September 2003)

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The Texas Property Tax Freeze for Disabled and Elderly Amendment, also known as Proposition 13, was on the September 13, 2003 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure authorized county, city, town, and junior college districts to freeze property taxes on a residential homestead of a person who was disabled or aged 65 or older.[1][2]

Election results

Texas Proposition 13 (September 2003)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,125,947 81.00%
No264,06919.00%

Election results via: Legislative Reference Library of Texas

Text of measure

The text of the measure can be read here.

Constitutional changes

Proposition 13 amended §Section 1(b) of Article 8 of the Texas Constitution.

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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