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Texas Appraisal Values for Taxes, Proposition 3 (2007)

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The Texas Appraisal Values for Taxes Amendment, also known as Proposition 3, was on the November 6, 2007 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure provided that the maximum appraised value of a homestead for ad valorem taxation be limited to the lesser of the most recent market value as determined by the appraisal entity or 110 percent of the appraised value for the preceding tax year.[1][2]

Election results

Texas Proposition 3 (2007)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 769,908 71.50%
No306,83028.50%

Election results via: Legislative Reference Library of Texas

Text of measure

The text of the measure can be read here.

Support

Supporters said that Proposition 3 aligned with 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.

Americans for Prosperity came out saying that it supported 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."[3]

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.

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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