Sunday, October 23, 2011

Time to Vote - on Texas Constitutional Propositions

Synopsis of Constitutional Propositions on November 8 Ballot

Proposition 1 – Would provide the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran with a property tax exemption on his or her residential homestead.

Proposition 2 – Would allow the Texas Water Development Board to borrow as much as $6 billion.

Proposition 3 – Would allow the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to borrow money in order to provide student loans.

Proposition 4 – Would allow a county to issue bonds or notes to finance the development or redevelopment of an unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted area within the county, and to pledge increases in tax revenues imposed on property in the area by the county for repayment of such bonds or notes. 

Proposition 5 – Would allow cities and counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities and counties without having to assess an additional tax or set aside a specified amount of money for the cost under the interlocal contract.

Proposition 6 – Would increase the amount of principal that is available for withdrawal from the permanent school fund each year and would also clarify certain references to that fund in the constitution. 

Proposition 7 – Would amend the constitution by adding El Paso County to the list of counties authorized to create conservation and reclamation districts to develop parks and recreational facilities financed by taxes.

Proposition 8 – Would allow for special property tax rules on land devoted to water conservation.

Proposition 9 – Would authorize the governor to grant a pardon, reprieve, or commutation of punishment to a person who successfully completes a term of deferred adjudication community supervision.

Proposition 10 – Would extend the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of certain local elected officeholders if they announce candidacy or become candidates for another office from one year to one year and 30 days.

See the following web site for further explanation: Here is more information from   Empower Texans.

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