Bill Text: AZ SCR1004 | 2016 | Fifty-second Legislature 2nd Regular | Introduced

Bill Title: Constitutional property tax exemptions.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2016-01-21 - Referred to Senate FIN Committee [SCR1004 Detail]

Download: Arizona-2016-SCR1004-Introduced.html




REFERENCE TITLE: constitutional property tax exemptions.




State of Arizona


Fifty-second Legislature

Second Regular Session




SCR 1004


Introduced by

Senator Burges





Proposing an amendment to the constitution of Arizona; repealing article IX, sections 2, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3, Constitution of Arizona; amending article IX, Constitution of Arizona, by adding a new section 2; relating to exemptions from property taxation.





Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Arizona, the House of Representatives concurring:

1.  Article IX, sections 2, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3, Constitution of Arizona, are proposed to be repealed as follows if approved by the voters and on proclamation of the Governor:

Article IX, sections 2, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3, Constitution of Arizona, relating to exemptions from property taxation, are repealed.

2.  Article IX, Constitution of Arizona, is proposed to be amended by adding a new section 2 as follows if approved by the voters and on proclamation of the Governor:

START_STATUTE2.  Property subject to taxation; exemptions

Section 2.  A.  All property in this state that is not exempt under the laws of the United States or under this section is subject to taxation as provided by law.

B.  Property that has been conveyed to evade taxation is not exempt.

C.  The following property is exempt from taxation:

1.  All federal, state, county and municipal property.

2.  Public debts, as evidenced by the bonds of this state and its counties, municipalities and other political subdivisions.

3.  Household goods that are owned by their user and used solely for noncommercial purposes.

D.  Subsection C of this section is self executing, and the persons who are entitled to the exemption are not required to take any affirmative action to receive the benefit of the exemption.

E.  The legislature may exempt the following property by law:

1.  Property of educational, charitable and religious associations or institutions that is not used or held for profit.

2.  Personal property that is used in a trade or business or for agricultural purposes.

3.  Stocks of raw or finished materials, unassembled parts, work in process or finished products constituting the inventory of a retailer or wholesaler located in this state and principally engaged in the resale of the materials, parts or products, whether or not for resale to the ultimate consumer.

4.  Cemeteries that are set apart and used to inter deceased human beings.

5.  The property of a widow or widower who is a resident of this state.

6.  The property of a resident of this state who is at least eighteen years of age and who has been medically certified as totally and permanently disabled.

F.  The legislature may determine by law the qualifications for, and the amount of, the exemptions of property described in subsection E of this section. END_STATUTE

3.  The Secretary of State shall submit this proposition to the voters at the next general election as provided by article XXI, Constitution of Arizona.