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|Proposition 6 - MCTP PAC Rating: AGAINST|
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.
Submitted by john wertz on 2017-11-05 19:44:40
Texans for Fiscal Responsibility (Empower Texans)
This amendment would allow the Texas Legislature to provide a property tax exemption for surviving spouses of first responders killed or fatally injured in the line of duty. TFR Stance: Neutral on Proposition 6
Supporters say: Honoring the spouses of first responders is a noble undertaking. Critics say: Texans should be concerned about the rampant growth in constituencies receiving property tax exemptions. These exemptions risk making Swiss cheese of the tax code, leaving taxpayers outside of the exceptions to pick up the costs.
North Texas Citizens Lobby
1.) Is it “constitutional”? (Does it support the constitutional republic) - NO
Although everyone wants to show gratitude to anyone who puts their life on the line in their work, whether it be for the government or private industry, increasing the tax burden on a shrinking number of homesteaders is not the answer. All property taxes should be abolished.
2.) Is there a need? (Do all the People have a need for and benefit from the proposed government intervention?) NO
Not all property owners qualify for this tax exemption
3.) Affordability? (Can the People afford it? Is the cost equal and uniform?) NO
Prop 6 increases the tax burden on those not fitting the definition of spouse of deceased “first responder”. Prop 6 passed in the House 147-0, and in the Senate 30-0
Dennis Tibbs - MCTP PAC Vetting Committee Member
AGAINST - Still another “group” to be added to the list of those receiving special property tax exemptions. While First Responders and their spouses are surely deserving of financial assistance many other groups are as well. Despite the tendency to continue growing the list of those being given tax exemptions this practice cannot go on forever! Voters should vote AGAINST this proposal and force the legislature to “finally” pass a taxing method that is fair to all and does not perpetuate the practice of government picking Winners & Losers!