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Texas School Tax Relief Amendment, Proposition 1 (Primary 2007)
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The measure authorized a reduction in school property taxes on the residences of the elderly and disabled for the years 2006 and 2007. The amendment was designed to address the failing of related tax reducing legislation passed in 2006 to proportionately reduce the tax burden of the elderly and disabled.
Texas Proposition 1 was approved by voters on May 12, 2007. Election results follow:
Text of measure
The wording of the ballot was as follows:
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for public school purposes on the residence homesteads of the elderly or disabled to reflect any reduction in the rate of those taxes for the 2006 and 2007 tax years.”
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.