Amarillo Citizens for Property Rights was founded during the summer of 2010 by a group of citizens who
were concerned about the increasing encroachment of city government into the lives of the citizens of
Attendance at weekly city commission meetings revealed an erosion of individual property rights primarily
in the historic downtown area of Amarillo. This erosion of rights was due in most part to the application
of mandated design standards which were imposed rather than voted upon by the citizens effected by
the new standards.
The attitude of the mayor and four at-large commissioners to feedback in oppostion to their actions led
to the formation of the Amarillo Citizens for Property Rights. The members of this group painstakingly
acquired enough signatures in a petition drive to force three referendums to be placed on the ballot in
the May citywide election. In addition, three members from the group sought to fill three of the four city
commission places during the local 2011 election cycle in an attempt to change how the city is governed in the future.
Though they did not win their races, they provided an open forum for the discussion of issues that impact the people of Amarillo.
"The three great rights are so bound together as to be essentially one right. To give a man his life,
but deny him his liberty, is to take from him all that makes his life worth living. To give him his liberty,
but take from him the property which is the fruit and badge of his liberty,
is to still leave him a slave."
- George Sutherland, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, 1921.