AUSTIN, TEXAS — There’s some misinformation circulating about what will be on the ballot in the upcoming May election. A spam email has been making its way across the state, warning voters that the homestead tax cap for people 65 and older is up for a vote.
This simply isn’t true. Here are the facts:
In 2006, The Texas Legislature passed a law reducing property taxes for all homeowners. However, the legislation left out senior and disabled citizens whose property taxes were already “frozen.” As a result, seniors and people with disabilities didn’t receive the same reduction. AARP Texas tackled this issue during the 2007 Session, and the Texas Legislature passed a bill calling for seniors and disabled citizens to receive the same benefits from the tax reduction as other Texans. In May of that year, Texas voters passed the amendment extending property tax relief to seniors and disabled Texans.
This problem was solved over four years ago. There is no constitutional amendment election scheduled in Texas in May 2012. Seniors and disabled Texans can rest easy, knowing their homestead tax cap is not at risk.
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