A proposal that could have raised property taxes by up to $500 million was scrapped today by Massachusetts House lawmakers.

Proposition 2 1/2 is a state law that limits property tax increases. The measure was approved by voters in 1980 and changed the way local districts raise taxes in order to pay for municipal services. Under the proposition, local government can not raise property taxes by more than 2.5% per year without getting voter approval.

You can read more about the failed plan here.