Former Nevada Lawmaker Submits Property Tax Initiative Petition

A drive to start a ballot initiative to limit property taxes got a boost yesterday (Tuesday).

Former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle says she submitted a petition
before the secretary of state yesterday and is looking to gather
signatures in a few weeks.

She needs to collect more than 58,000 signatures by May 20th to get the question on the ballot.

Her group seeks to amend the state constitution and limit property tax increases on all types of property to 2 percent per year, or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.

The former Reno Republican lawmaker also says she has raised $250,000 to support the drive.

Signatures must be collected in all 17 counties to make it onto the ballot.

Angle has twice failed to gather enough signatures to get the proposal on the ballot, in 2004 and again last year.

If the petition gathering is successful and voters back the proposal in ballot questions during the 2008 and 2010 elections, then the tax limitations will become part of the state constitution.

Once in the constitution, the limitations could not be changed without a vote of the people.