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Texas Proposition 8, Property Taxing Authority of Municipalities (1973)

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Texas Constitution
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Preamble
Articles
12
3 (1-43)3 (44-49)3 (50-67)
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Texas Proposition 2 was on the November 6, 1973 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

Election results

Proposition 8
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No354,71063.0%
Yes 208,377 37.0%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "The constitutional amendment to authorize cities, towns and villages to levy such ad valorem taxes as are sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on their general obligations hereafter issued subject to the restrictions provided by law."[1]

Constitutional changes

If adopted, Prop 8 would have added Sections 5-a of Article 11.

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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