Texas Constitutional AmendmentsState Voters Pass Three Property Tax Exemptions
With fewer than 10 percent of the state’s registered voters going to the polls November 6, Texans passed all 19 constitutional amendments on the ballot. Of the 19 amendments, the amendments to add three property tax exemptions passed by the closest vote margins.
The October 2001 STATEMENT outlined four of the 19 propositions – the three property tax exemptions and the elimination of obsolete provisions in the Texas Constitution.
Here are the final state vote totals for these four amendments:
Proposition 3, exempting raw cocoa and green coffee held in Harris CountyFor 415,350 (52%)
Against 385,255 (48%)
Enabling legislation: Senate Bill 1574 adds Property Tax Code Section 11.33.
Proposition 10, exempting business goods-in-transitFor 498,566 (63%)
Against 293,160 (37%)
Enabling legislation: None, requires further action by Texas Legislature.
Proposition 12, eliminating obsolete provisions in the Texas ConstitutionFor 619,115 (77%)
Against 188,671 (23%)
Enabling legislation: None required.
Proposition 14, exempting travel trailersFor 409,993 (52%)
Against 377,375 (48%)
Enabling legislation: House Bill 2076 adds Property Tax Code Section 11.142.
Two of the exemptions – raw cocoa and green coffee held in Harris County and travel trailers – become effective January 1, 2002. More will appear about these exemptions and their model exemption application forms in future issues of STATEMENT.