The power of taxation shall never be surrendered, suspended, or contracted away. Except as provided by section 18 of this article, all taxes shall be uniform upon the same class of property within the territorial limits of the authority levying the tax, and shall be levied and collected for public purposes only. This section was amended in 2000 to add the caption and the introductory clause to the second sentence, cross-referencing section 18 of this article. (Section 18 was amended at the same time, and amended again two years later; see the commentary on that...
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