Article III, Section 48-e of the Texas Constitution ("Emergency Services Districts")

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As amended November 2, 1999:

Laws may be enacted to provide for the establishment and creation of special districts to provide emergency services and to authorize the commissioners courts of participating counties to levy a tax on the ad valorem property situated in said districts not to exceed ten cents (10¢) on the one hundred dollars ($100.00) valuation for the support thereof; provided that no tax shall be levied in support of said districts until approved by a vote of the qualified voters residing therein. Such a district may provide emergency medical services, emergency ambulance services, rural fire prevention and control services, or other emergency services authorized by the Legislature.

Editor Comments

The purpose of this section is to allow emergency services districts–subject to voter approval–to collect a property tax.

Steve Smith

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