Texas Proposition 17, School Property Tax Freeze for Disabled Persons (September 2003)
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Texas Proposition 17, also known as the Prohibit Property Tax Increases on Residence Homesteads of Disabled Persons Act, was on the September 13, 2003 special election ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. HJR 21/Proposition 17 prohibited an increase in school property taxes on residence homesteads of disabled persons.
Text of measure
The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment to prohibit an increase in the total amount of school district ad valorem taxes that may be imposed on the residence homestead of a disabled person."
The successful passage of Proposition 17 added §Section 1(b) to 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.
- Proposition 17 Election Results
- Analysis of Proposition 17
- Constitutional amendments on the September 13, 2003 Texas ballot