Texas Property Tax Amendment, 2011

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The Texas Property Tax Amendment did not appear on the November 2011 ballot in the state of Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.

The measure was proposed in response to the ongoing debate relating to property taxes in schools. The measure would have essentially authorized a statewide property tax to be implemented, which would have replaced much of the local school property tax.[1]

The statewide property tax would have been used to pay for the state's public schools. Sen. Steve Ogden stated that he would like the voters to decide on the matter, instead of the courts. The specifics of the measure follow:

  • Repeal a prohibition on a statewide property tax
  • Allow the state to levy a tax of up to $1 per $100 of assessed property value.
  • Local school districts would be allowed to levy a property tax of up to 20 cents per $100 of assessed property value.
  • Establish a lower limit on how much residential property values can increase annually, which currently stands at 10 percent.

The 82nd session of the Texas State Legislature adjourned on May 30, 2011. However, Gov. Rick Perry called a special session of the Texas State Legislature that commenced May 31, 2011 in early June and adjourned June 29, 2011. Eight amendments were proposed during the special session, but none passed. Including this proposal.[2]

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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