September 13 Election Results
Six Property Tax Constitutional Amendments Pass
On Saturday, September 13, Texas voters approved 22 constitutional amendments, six of which dealt with some area of property taxation. Below are the final state vote totals for the six property tax amendments. The August 2003 STATEMENT described these six amendments.
Proposition 2, to allow the redemption period for a mineral interest to be two years, for a purchaser’s deed filed for record on or after January 1, 2004.
For: 830,009 (62%)
Against: 499,696 (38%)
Enabling legislation: House Bill (H.B.) 1125 amends Tax Code Section 34.21.
Proposition 3, to exempt religious organization property leased to a school or land used for expansion of a religious facility.
For: 730,127 (53%)
Against: 650,563 (47%)
Enabling legislation: H.B. 1278 amends Tax Code Section 11.20 and adds Section 11.201.
Proposition 5, to exempt travel trailers from school taxes.
For: 846,005 (62%)
Against: 511,507 (38%)
Enabling legislation: Senate Bill (S.B.) 510 amends Tax Code Section 11.14.
Proposition 13, to allow a county, city or junior college district to limit taxes for homeowners disabled or 65 years of age or older.
Against: 264,069 (19%)
Enabling legislation: H.B. 136 adds Tax Code Section 11.261.
Proposition 17, to limit school taxes of disabled homeowners.
Against: 304,860 (22%)
Enabling legislation: H.B. 217 amends Tax Code Section 11.26.
Proposition 19, to repeal legislative authority for rural fire prevention districts.
For: 759,336 (59%)
Against: 533,264 (41%)
Enabling legislation: S.B. 1021 amended Health and Safety Code Chapters 775 and 776 to convert all rural fire prevention districts to emergency service districts.