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''[As amended in 1918.]''
 
''[As amended in 1918.]''
  
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'''Lending Credit - Bond Issues - Interest-bearing Warrants'''
 
'''Lending Credit - Bond Issues - Interest-bearing Warrants'''
  
Neither the State nor any city, county, town or other municipality in this State shall ever lend its credit for any purpose whatever; nor shall any county, city or town or municipality ever issue any interest bearing evidences of indebtedness, except such bonds as may be authorized by law to provide for and secure the payment of the indebtedness existing at the time of the adoption of the Constitution of 1874, and the State shall never issue any interest-bearing treasury warrants or scrip.  
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Neither the State nor any city, county, town or other municipality in this State shall ever lend its credit for any purpose whatever; nor shall any county, city or town or municipality ever issue any interest bearing evidences of indebtedness, except such bonds as may be authorized by law to provide for and secure the payment of the indebtedness existing at the time of the adoption of the Constitution of 1874, and the State shall never issue any interest-bearing treasury warrants or scrip. <ref>[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Text of Article 16 Section 1]</ref>
  
 
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==Section 2==
 
==Section 2==
  
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'''Debts of State - Payment'''
 
'''Debts of State - Payment'''
  
The General Assembly shall, from time to time, provide for the payment of all just and legal debts of the State.
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The General Assembly shall, from time to time, provide for the payment of all just and legal debts of the State.<ref>[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Text of Article 16 Section 2]</ref>
  
 
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==Section 3==
 
==Section 3==
  
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'''Making Profit out of or Misusing Public Funds - Penalty'''
 
'''Making Profit out of or Misusing Public Funds - Penalty'''
  
The making of profit out of public moneys, or using the same for any purpose not authorized by law, by any officer of the State, or member or officer of the General Assembly, shall be punishable as may be provided by law, but part of such punishment shall be disqualification to hold office in this State for a period of five years.
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The making of profit out of public moneys, or using the same for any purpose not authorized by law, by any officer of the State, or member or officer of the General Assembly, shall be punishable as may be provided by law, but part of such punishment shall be disqualification to hold office in this State for a period of five years.<ref>[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Text of Article 16 Section 3]</ref>
  
 
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==Section 4==
 
==Section 4==
  
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'''Salaries and Fees of State Officers'''
 
'''Salaries and Fees of State Officers'''
  
The General Assembly shall fix the salaries and fees of all officers in the State; and no greater salary or fee than that fixed by law shall be paid to any officer, employee or other person, or at any rate other than par value; and the number and salaries of the clerks and employees of the different departments of the State shall be fixed by law.
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The General Assembly shall fix the salaries and fees of all officers in the State; and no greater salary or fee than that fixed by law shall be paid to any officer, employee or other person, or at any rate other than par value; and the number and salaries of the clerks and employees of the different departments of the State shall be fixed by law.<ref>[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Text of Article 16 Section 4]</ref>
  
 
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==Section 5==
 
==Section 5==
  
''[Added by Const. Amend. 59.]''
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(b) The following property shall be exempt from taxation: public property used exclusively for public purposes; churches used as such; cemeteries used exclusively as such; school buildings and apparatus; libraries and grounds used exclusively for school purposes; and buildings and grounds and materials used exclusively for public charity.
 
(b) The following property shall be exempt from taxation: public property used exclusively for public purposes; churches used as such; cemeteries used exclusively as such; school buildings and apparatus; libraries and grounds used exclusively for school purposes; and buildings and grounds and materials used exclusively for public charity.
  
Nothing in this Section shall affect or repeal the provision of Amendment 57 to the Constitution of the State of Arkansas pertaining to intangible personal property.  
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Nothing in this Section shall affect or repeal the provision of Amendment 57 to the Constitution of the State of Arkansas pertaining to intangible personal property. <ref>[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Text of Article 16 Section 5]</ref>
  
 
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===Amendments===
 
===Amendments===
* [[Arkansas Constitutional Amendment 59 (1980)|Constitutional Amendment 5]], which was added on [[1980 ballot measures#Arkansas|November 4, 1980]]<ref name = "Amendment 59">[http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/ar-constitution/arcamend59/arcamend59.htm Amendment 59]</ref>.
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* [[Arkansas Property Tax Relief, Proposed Amendment 59 (1980)|Amendment 59]], which was added on [[1980 ballot measures#Arkansas|November 4, 1980]].<ref name = "Amendment 59">[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Amendment 59]</ref>
  
 
==Section 6==
 
==Section 6==
  
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'''Other Tax Exemptions Forbidden'''
 
'''Other Tax Exemptions Forbidden'''
  
All laws exempting property from taxation, other than as provided in this Constitution shall be void.
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All laws exempting property from taxation, other than as provided in this Constitution shall be void.<ref>[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Text of Article 16 Section 6]</ref>
  
 
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==Section 7==
 
==Section 7==
  
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'''Taxation of Corporate Property'''
 
'''Taxation of Corporate Property'''
  
The power to tax corporations and corporate property, shall not be surrendered or suspended by any contract or grant to which the State may be a party.
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The power to tax corporations and corporate property, shall not be surrendered or suspended by any contract or grant to which the State may be a party.<ref>[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Text of Article 16 Section 7]</ref>
  
 
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==Section 8==
 
==Section 8==
  
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'''Maximum Rate of State Taxes'''
 
'''Maximum Rate of State Taxes'''
  
The General Assembly shall not have power to levy State taxes for any one year to exceed, in the aggregate, one per cent of the assessed valuation of the property of the State for that year.
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The General Assembly shall not have power to levy State taxes for any one year to exceed, in the aggregate, one per cent of the assessed valuation of the property of the State for that year.<ref>[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Text of Article 16 Section 8]</ref>
  
 
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==Section 9==
 
==Section 9==
  
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'''County Taxes - Limitation'''
 
'''County Taxes - Limitation'''
  
No county shall levy a tax to exceed one-half of one per cent., for all purposes; but may levy an additional one-half of one per cent. to pay indebtedness existing at the time of the ratification of this Constitution.
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No county shall levy a tax to exceed one-half of one per cent., for all purposes; but may levy an additional one-half of one per cent. to pay indebtedness existing at the time of the ratification of this Constitution.<ref>[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Text of Article 16 Section 9]</ref>
  
 
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==Section 10==
 
==Section 10==
  
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'''Payment of County and Municipal Taxes'''
 
'''Payment of County and Municipal Taxes'''
  
The taxes of counties, towns and cities shall only be payable in lawful currency of the United States, or the orders or warrants of said counties, towns and cities respectively.
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The taxes of counties, towns and cities shall only be payable in lawful currency of the United States, or the orders or warrants of said counties, towns and cities respectively.<ref>[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Text of Article 16 Section 10]</ref>
  
 
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==Section 11==
 
==Section 11==
  
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'''Levy and Appropriation of Taxes'''
 
'''Levy and Appropriation of Taxes'''
  
No tax shall be levied except in pursuance of law, and every law imposing a tax shall state distinctly the object of the same; and no moneys arising from a tax levied for any purpose shall be used for any other purpose.
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No tax shall be levied except in pursuance of law, and every law imposing a tax shall state distinctly the object of the same; and no moneys arising from a tax levied for any purpose shall be used for any other purpose.<ref>[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Text of Article 16 Section 11]</ref>
  
 
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==Section 12==
 
==Section 12==
  
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'''Disbursement of Funds - Appropriation Required'''
 
'''Disbursement of Funds - Appropriation Required'''
  
No money shall be paid out of the treasury until the same shall have been appropriated by law; and then only in accordance with said appropriation.
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No money shall be paid out of the treasury until the same shall have been appropriated by law; and then only in accordance with said appropriation.<ref>[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Text of Article 16 Section 12]</ref>
  
 
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==Section 13==
 
==Section 13==
  
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'''Illegal Exactions'''
 
'''Illegal Exactions'''
  
Any citizen of any county, city or town may institute suit, in behalf of himself and all others interested, to protect the inhabitants thereof against the enforcement of any illegal exactions whatever.
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Any citizen of any county, city or town may institute suit, in behalf of himself and all others interested, to protect the inhabitants thereof against the enforcement of any illegal exactions whatever.<ref>[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Text of Article 16 Section 13]</ref>
  
 
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==Section 14==
 
==Section 14==
  
''[Added by Const. Amend. 59.]''
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Provided, that in the event the aforementioned requirement for payment of taxes by public utilities and regulated carriers, or any class of utilities or carriers for the ten (10) year period noted above, shall be held by court decision to be contrary to the constitution or statutes of this State or of the Federal Government, the General Assembly may provide for other utilities or classes of carriers to receive the same treatment provided or required under the court order, if deemed necessary to promote equity between similar utilities or classes of carriers.
 
Provided, that in the event the aforementioned requirement for payment of taxes by public utilities and regulated carriers, or any class of utilities or carriers for the ten (10) year period noted above, shall be held by court decision to be contrary to the constitution or statutes of this State or of the Federal Government, the General Assembly may provide for other utilities or classes of carriers to receive the same treatment provided or required under the court order, if deemed necessary to promote equity between similar utilities or classes of carriers.
  
(b) The General Assembly shall, by law, provide for procedures to be followed with respect to adjusting ad valorem taxes or millage pledged for bonded indebtedness purposes, to assure that the adjusted or rolled-back rate of tax or millage levied for bonded indebtedness purposes will, at all times, provide a level of income sufficient to meet the current requirements of all principal, interest, paying agent fees, reserves, and other requirements of the bond indenture.  
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(b) The General Assembly shall, by law, provide for procedures to be followed with respect to adjusting ad valorem taxes or millage pledged for bonded indebtedness purposes, to assure that the adjusted or rolled-back rate of tax or millage levied for bonded indebtedness purposes will, at all times, provide a level of income sufficient to meet the current requirements of all principal, interest, paying agent fees, reserves, and other requirements of the bond indenture. <ref>[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Text of Article 16 Section 14]</ref>
  
 
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===Amendments===
* [[Arkansas Constitutional Amendment 59 (1980)|Constitutional Amendment 5]], which was added on [[1980 ballot measures#Arkansas|November 4, 1980]]<ref name = "Amendment 59">[http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/ar-constitution/arcamend59/arcamend59.htm Amendment 59]</ref>.
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* [[Arkansas Property Tax Relief, Proposed Amendment 59 (1980)|Amendment 59]], which was added on [[1980 ballot measures#Arkansas|November 4, 1980]]<ref name = "Amendment 59">[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Amendment 59]</ref>.
  
 
==Section 15==
 
==Section 15==
  
''[Added by Const. Amend. 59.]''
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(a) Residential property used solely as the principal place of residence of the owner thereof shall be assessed in accordance with its value as a residence, so long as said property is used as the principal place of residence of the owner thereof, and shall not be assessed in accordance with some other method of valuation until said property ceases to be used for such residential purpose.
 
(a) Residential property used solely as the principal place of residence of the owner thereof shall be assessed in accordance with its value as a residence, so long as said property is used as the principal place of residence of the owner thereof, and shall not be assessed in accordance with some other method of valuation until said property ceases to be used for such residential purpose.
 
(b) Agricultural land, pasture land, timber land, residential and commercial land, excluding structures thereon, used primarily as such, shall be valued for taxation purposes under the provisions of Section 5 of this Article, upon the basis of its agricultural, pasture, timber, residential, or commercial productivity or use, and when so valued, such land shall be assessed at the same percentum of value and taxed at the same rate as other property subject to ad valorem taxes.
 
(b) Agricultural land, pasture land, timber land, residential and commercial land, excluding structures thereon, used primarily as such, shall be valued for taxation purposes under the provisions of Section 5 of this Article, upon the basis of its agricultural, pasture, timber, residential, or commercial productivity or use, and when so valued, such land shall be assessed at the same percentum of value and taxed at the same rate as other property subject to ad valorem taxes.
(c) The General Assembly shall enact laws providing for the administration and enforcement of this Section and for the imposition of penalties for violations of this Section, or statutes enacted pursuant thereto.  
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(c) The General Assembly shall enact laws providing for the administration and enforcement of this Section and for the imposition of penalties for violations of this Section, or statutes enacted pursuant thereto. <ref>[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Text of Article 16 Section 15]</ref>
  
 
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===Amendments===
 
===Amendments===
* [[Arkansas Constitutional Amendment 59 (1980)|Constitutional Amendment 5]], which was added on [[1980 ballot measures#Arkansas|November 4, 1980]]<ref name = "Amendment 59">[http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/ar-constitution/arcamend59/arcamend59.htm Amendment 59]</ref>.
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* [[Arkansas Property Tax Relief, Proposed Amendment 59 (1980)|Amendment 59]], which was added on [[1980 ballot measures#Arkansas|November 4, 1980]]<ref name = "Amendment 59">[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Amendment 59]</ref>.
  
 
==Section 16==
 
==Section 16==
  
''[Added by Const. Amend. 59.]''
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'''Providing for Exemption of Value of Residence of Person 65 or over'''
 
'''Providing for Exemption of Value of Residence of Person 65 or over'''
  
The General Assembly, upon approval thereof by a vote of not less than three-fourths (3/4ths) of the members elected to each house, may provide that the valuation of real property actually occupied by its owner as a residence who is sixty-five (65) years of age, or older, may be exempt in such amount as may be determined by law, but no greater than the first Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) in value thereof, as a homestead from ad valorem property taxes.  
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The General Assembly, upon approval thereof by a vote of not less than three-fourths (3/4ths) of the members elected to each house, may provide that the valuation of real property actually occupied by its owner as a residence who is sixty-five (65) years of age, or older, may be exempt in such amount as may be determined by law, but no greater than the first Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) in value thereof, as a homestead from ad valorem property taxes.<ref>[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Text of Article 16 Section 16]</ref>
  
 
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===Amendments===
 
===Amendments===
* [[Arkansas Constitutional Amendment 59 (1980)|Constitutional Amendment 5]], which was added on [[1980 ballot measures#Arkansas|November 4, 1980]]<ref name = "Amendment 59">[http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/ar-constitution/arcamend59/arcamend59.htm Amendment 59]</ref>.
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* [[Arkansas Property Tax Relief, Proposed Amendment 59 (1980)|Amendment 59]], which was added on [[1980 ballot measures#Arkansas|November 4, 1980]]<ref name = "Amendment 59">[http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Amendment 59]</ref>.
  
 
==References==
 
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==External links==
 
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* [http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Full text of Arkansas Constitution](see page 62)
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* [http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf Full text of Arkansas Constitution](see PDF page 72)
* [http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/ar-constitution/arcart16/arcart16.htm Links by section to full text of Article XVI]
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Article 16 of the Arkansas Constitution is called Finance and Taxation and governs the was in which finances such as credit lending or salaries are handled in the state of Arkansas. This article contains 16 sections.

Section 1

[As amended in 1918.]

Text of Section 1:

Lending Credit - Bond Issues - Interest-bearing Warrants

Neither the State nor any city, county, town or other municipality in this State shall ever lend its credit for any purpose whatever; nor shall any county, city or town or municipality ever issue any interest bearing evidences of indebtedness, except such bonds as may be authorized by law to provide for and secure the payment of the indebtedness existing at the time of the adoption of the Constitution of 1874, and the State shall never issue any interest-bearing treasury warrants or scrip. [1]

Section 2

Text of Section 2:

Debts of State - Payment

The General Assembly shall, from time to time, provide for the payment of all just and legal debts of the State.[2]

Section 3

Text of Section 3:

Making Profit out of or Misusing Public Funds - Penalty

The making of profit out of public moneys, or using the same for any purpose not authorized by law, by any officer of the State, or member or officer of the General Assembly, shall be punishable as may be provided by law, but part of such punishment shall be disqualification to hold office in this State for a period of five years.[3]

Section 4

Text of Section 4:

Salaries and Fees of State Officers

The General Assembly shall fix the salaries and fees of all officers in the State; and no greater salary or fee than that fixed by law shall be paid to any officer, employee or other person, or at any rate other than par value; and the number and salaries of the clerks and employees of the different departments of the State shall be fixed by law.[4]

Section 5

Text of Section 5:

Property Taxed According to Value - Procedures for Valuation - Tax Exemptions

(a) All real and tangible personal property subject to taxation shall be taxed according to its value, that value to be ascertained in such manner as the General Assembly shall direct, making the same equal and uniform throughout the State. No one species of property for which a tax may be collected shall be taxed higher than another species of property of equal value, except as provided and authorized in Section 15 of this Article, and except as authorized in Section 14 of this Article. The General Assembly, upon the approval thereof by a vote of not less than three-fourths (3/4ths) of the members elected to each house, may establish the methods and procedures for valuation of property for taxation purposes, but may not alter the method of valuation set forth in Section 15 of this Article. (b) The following property shall be exempt from taxation: public property used exclusively for public purposes; churches used as such; cemeteries used exclusively as such; school buildings and apparatus; libraries and grounds used exclusively for school purposes; and buildings and grounds and materials used exclusively for public charity.

Nothing in this Section shall affect or repeal the provision of Amendment 57 to the Constitution of the State of Arkansas pertaining to intangible personal property. [5]

Amendments

Section 6

Text of Section 6:

Other Tax Exemptions Forbidden

All laws exempting property from taxation, other than as provided in this Constitution shall be void.[7]

Section 7

Text of Section 7:

Taxation of Corporate Property

The power to tax corporations and corporate property, shall not be surrendered or suspended by any contract or grant to which the State may be a party.[8]

Section 8

Text of Section 8:

Maximum Rate of State Taxes

The General Assembly shall not have power to levy State taxes for any one year to exceed, in the aggregate, one per cent of the assessed valuation of the property of the State for that year.[9]

Section 9

Text of Section 9:

County Taxes - Limitation

No county shall levy a tax to exceed one-half of one per cent., for all purposes; but may levy an additional one-half of one per cent. to pay indebtedness existing at the time of the ratification of this Constitution.[10]

Section 10

Text of Section 10:

Payment of County and Municipal Taxes

The taxes of counties, towns and cities shall only be payable in lawful currency of the United States, or the orders or warrants of said counties, towns and cities respectively.[11]

Section 11

Text of Section 11:

Levy and Appropriation of Taxes

No tax shall be levied except in pursuance of law, and every law imposing a tax shall state distinctly the object of the same; and no moneys arising from a tax levied for any purpose shall be used for any other purpose.[12]

Section 12

Text of Section 12:

Disbursement of Funds - Appropriation Required

No money shall be paid out of the treasury until the same shall have been appropriated by law; and then only in accordance with said appropriation.[13]

Section 13

Text of Section 13:

Illegal Exactions

Any citizen of any county, city or town may institute suit, in behalf of himself and all others interested, to protect the inhabitants thereof against the enforcement of any illegal exactions whatever.[14]

Section 14

Text of Section 14:

Procedure for Adjustment of Taxes After Reappraisal or Reassessment of Property

(a) Whenever a countywide reappraisal or reassessment of property subject to ad valorem taxes made in accordance with procedures established by the General Assembly shall result in an increase in the aggregate value of taxable real and personal property in any taxing unit in this State of ten percent (10%) or more over the previous year the rate of city or town, county, school district, and community college district taxes levied against the taxable real and personal property of each such taxing unit shall, upon completion of such reappraisal or reassessment, be adjusted or rolled back, by the governing body of the taxing unit, for the year for which levied as provided below. The General Assembly shall, by law, establish the procedures to be followed by a county in making a countywide reappraisal or reassessment of property which will, upon completion, authorize the adjustment or rollback of property tax rates or millage, as authorized hereinabove. The adjustment or rollback of tax rates or millage for the "base year" as hereinafter defined shall be designed to assure that each taxing unit will receive an amount of tax revenue from each tax source no greater than ten percent (10%) above the revenues received during the previous year from each such tax source, adjusted for any lawful tax or millage rate increase or reduction imposed in the manner provided by law for the year for which the tax adjustment or rollback is to be made, and after making the following additional adjustments:

(i) by excluding from such calculation the assessed value of, and taxes derived from, tangible personal property assessed in the taxing unit, and all real and tangible personal property of public utilities and regulated carriers assessed in the taxing unit, and
(ii) by computing the adjusted or rollback millage rates on the basis of the reassessed taxable real property for the base year that will produce an amount of revenue no greater than ten percent (10%) above the revenues produced from the assessed value of real property in the taxing unit (after making the aforementioned adjustments for personal properties and properties of public utilities and regulated carriers noted above) from millage rates in effect in the taxing unit during the base year in which the millage adjustment or rollback is to be calculated.

Provided, further, that in calculating the amount of adjusted or rollback millage necessary to produce tax revenues no greater than ten percent (10%) above the revenues received during the previous year, the governing body shall separate from the assessed value of taxable real property of the taxing unit, newly-discovered real property and new construction and improvements to real property, after making the adjustments for personal property or property of public utilities and regulated carriers noted above, and shall compute the millage necessary to produce an amount of revenues equal to, but no greater than the base year revenues of the taxing unit from each millage source. Such taxing unit may elect either to obtain an increase in revenues equal to the amount of revenues that the computed or adjusted rollback millage will produce from newly-discovered real property and new construction and improvements to real property, or if the same be less than ten percent (10%), the governing body of the taxing unit may recompute the millage rate to be charged to produce an amount no greater than ten percent (10%) above the revenues collected for taxable real property during the base year.

Provided, however, that the amount of revenues to be derived from taxable personal property assessed in the taxing unit for the base year, other than personal property taxes to be paid by public utilities and regulated carriers in the manner provided hereinabove, shall be computed at the millage necessary to produce the same dollar amount of revenues derived during the current year in which the base year adjustment or rollback of millage is computed, and the millage necessary to produce the amount of revenues received from personal property taxes received by the taxing unit, for the base year shall be reduced annually as the assessed value of taxable personal property increases until the amount of revenues from personal property taxes, computed on the basis of the current year millage rates will produce an amount of revenues from taxable personal property equal to or greater than received during the base year, and thereafter the millage rates for computing personal property taxes shall be the millage rates levied for the current year.

Provided, however, that the taxes to be paid by public utilities and regulated carriers in the respective taxing units of the several counties of this State during the first five (5) calendar years in which taxes are levied on the taxable real and personal property as reassessed and equalized in each of the respective counties as a part of a statewide reappraisal program, shall be the greater of the following:

(1) the amount of taxes paid on property owned by such public utilities or regulated carriers in or assigned to such taxing unit, less adjustments for properties disposed of or reductions in the assessed valuation of such properties in the base year as defined below, or
(2) the amount of taxes due on the assessed valuation of taxable real and tangible personal property belonging to the public utilities or regulated carriers located in or assigned to the taxing unit in each county at millage rates levied for the current year.

As used herein, the term "base year" shall mean the year in which a county completes reassessment and equalization of taxable real and personal property as a part of a statewide reappraisal program, and extends the adjusted or rolled back millage rates for the first time, as provided in subsection (a) of this Section, for the respective taxing units in such county for collection in the following year.

(i) in the event the amount of taxes paid the taxing unit in a county in the base year, as defined herein, is greater than the taxes due to be paid to such taxing unit for the current year of any year of the second (2nd) period of five (5) years after the base year, the difference between the base year taxes and the current year taxes for any year of such five (5) year period shall be adjusted as follows:

Current year of Taxes shall be current year taxes second period of (5) to which shall be added the following percentage of the years difference between the current year taxes and the base year taxes (if greater than current year taxes)

1st year 80% of difference
2nd year 60% of difference
3rd year 40% of difference
4th year 20% of difference
5th year and thereafter Current years taxes only.
(ii) if the current year taxes of a public utility or regulated carrier equal or exceed the base years taxes due a taxing unit during any year of the first ten (10) years after the base year, the amount of taxes to be paid to such taxing unit shall thereafter be the current years taxes and the adjustment authorized herein shall no longer apply in computing taxes to be paid to such taxing unit.

Provided, that in the event the aforementioned requirement for payment of taxes by public utilities and regulated carriers, or any class of utilities or carriers for the ten (10) year period noted above, shall be held by court decision to be contrary to the constitution or statutes of this State or of the Federal Government, the General Assembly may provide for other utilities or classes of carriers to receive the same treatment provided or required under the court order, if deemed necessary to promote equity between similar utilities or classes of carriers.

(b) The General Assembly shall, by law, provide for procedures to be followed with respect to adjusting ad valorem taxes or millage pledged for bonded indebtedness purposes, to assure that the adjusted or rolled-back rate of tax or millage levied for bonded indebtedness purposes will, at all times, provide a level of income sufficient to meet the current requirements of all principal, interest, paying agent fees, reserves, and other requirements of the bond indenture. [15]

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Section 15

Text of Section 15:

Assessment of Residential Property and Agricultural, Pasture, Timber, Residential and Commercial Land

(a) Residential property used solely as the principal place of residence of the owner thereof shall be assessed in accordance with its value as a residence, so long as said property is used as the principal place of residence of the owner thereof, and shall not be assessed in accordance with some other method of valuation until said property ceases to be used for such residential purpose. (b) Agricultural land, pasture land, timber land, residential and commercial land, excluding structures thereon, used primarily as such, shall be valued for taxation purposes under the provisions of Section 5 of this Article, upon the basis of its agricultural, pasture, timber, residential, or commercial productivity or use, and when so valued, such land shall be assessed at the same percentum of value and taxed at the same rate as other property subject to ad valorem taxes. (c) The General Assembly shall enact laws providing for the administration and enforcement of this Section and for the imposition of penalties for violations of this Section, or statutes enacted pursuant thereto. [16]

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Section 16

Text of Section 16:

Providing for Exemption of Value of Residence of Person 65 or over

The General Assembly, upon approval thereof by a vote of not less than three-fourths (3/4ths) of the members elected to each house, may provide that the valuation of real property actually occupied by its owner as a residence who is sixty-five (65) years of age, or older, may be exempt in such amount as may be determined by law, but no greater than the first Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) in value thereof, as a homestead from ad valorem property taxes.[17]

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