Texas Proposition 9, Property Tax in Harris County for Fire Prevention (1997)
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Proposition 9 was described on the ballot as "The constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to authorize and ad valorem tax rate in rural fire prevention districts located in Harris County of five cents on each $100 of taxable value of property."
Text of measure
The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to authorize and ad valorem tax rate in rural fire prevention districts located in Harris County of five cents on each $100 of taxable value of property."
Proposition 9 amended §48-d of Article 3 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.
- Texas 1997 constitutional amendment election results (Select "1997 Constitutional Amendment Election" in the drop-down menu)
- Amendments proposed for the November 4, 1997 election