Senator Bob Deuell

April 24, 2007
CONTACT: Don T. Forse, Jr.
(512) 463-0102

Senior Tax Relief On May 12th Ballot

AUSTIN -- Recently, State Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) passed House Bill 5, relating to reducing property taxes on the homesteads of the elderly and disabled. The bill is necessary following the property tax reductions enacted by the Legislature and signed by Governor Perry.

House Bill 5 is the enabling legislation for Senate Joint Resolution 13, which placed the issue on the Constitutional Amendment Election to be held on May 12. In order for the tax relief to be enacted, it will have to be passed by Texas voters in that election.

The actual wording of the ballot proposition is:

"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for public school purposes on the residence homesteads of the elderly or disabled to reflect any reduction in the rate of those taxes for the 2006 and 2007 tax years."

Deuell, who serves on the Senate Finance Committee, said the change is needed to ensure senior citizens get proportionate tax relief.