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Texas Proposition 3 (2007)

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Texas Proposition 3 appeared on the November 6, 2007 in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

Proposition 3 appeared on the statewide November 2007 ballot in Texas along with fifteen other statewide propositions; all of them passed. All sixteen ballot measures were legislative referrals voted onto the ballot by the Texas State Legislature.

Election results

Texas Proposition 3 (2007)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 769,908 71.5%
No306,83028.5%

Overview

This proposition would change it so that the maximum tax increase on property would be 10 percent between appraisals. The value of the homestead would be based on:

  • the most recent appraised value of the residence
  • 110 percent, or a greater percentage, of the appraised value of the residence homestead in the preceding year

Statement of Support

Supporters say that Proposition 3 would align the Texas legislature's intent in 1997 when they placed the 10 percent cap on increases in homestead property appraisal valuations. It would provide the full relief in rural areas where homeowners get 'sticker shock' when greeted with a 30 percent tax increase. This plan would allow families to plan and budget for the future.

Community Support

Americans for Prosperity has come out saying that it supports the bill. Stating in an article that "Prop 3 is not a giant leap but rather a small and effective step in the right direction."[1]

Statement of Opposition

This change is unnecessary because most large districts, which have the highest property values, already are appraised annually. This would compel smaller appraisal districts to begin re-appraising property annually which could expedite reductions during market downturns.

A Taxpayer's Perspective from the National Taxpayers Union

Proposition 3 would empower the State Legislature to limit the taxable assessment of a homestead for property tax purposes to either the most recent market value or 110 percent of the previous year's appraised value.

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide that the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation is limited to the lesser of the most recent market value of the residence homestead as determined by the appraisal entity or 110 percent, or a greater percentage, of the appraised value of the residence homestead for the preceding tax year."[2]

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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