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House Passes Property Tax Freeze for Seniors (Mar 14, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has passed a ballot initiative that would freeze property taxes for Oklahomans who are at least 65 years old.

House members voted 82-13 for the measure Monday. If approved by the Senate, the proposal will go to a vote of the people in 2012. If passed by voters, it will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013.

Rep. Dave Dank of Oklahoma City says many seniors have fixed incomes but face rising costs for health care, food and utilities. He says the senior property tax freeze would extend to anyone 65 or older regardless of income as long as they own their home.

Rep. Danny Morgan of Prague says income should be capped under the program because some seniors have very high incomes.

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