On Tuesday, November 8th, Texans will have the opportunity to go to the polls and exercise their right to amend our State's Constitution. Since 1876, Texas voters have approved 467 amendments. As times change, updates become necessary, and I want to encourage you to participate in this election and make your voice heard. Below is a brief overview of the proposed amendments on the ballot:
• Proposition 1 (SJR 14): Would allow the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran to receive a homestead tax exemption. In addition it allows a surviving spouse to transfer the exemption to a subsequent homestead without losing the exemption.
• Proposition 2 (SJR 4): Renewing authority for the issuance of general obligations bonds by the Texas Water Development Board. May not exceed $6 billion at any time outstanding.
• Proposition 3 (SJR 50): Renewing state bond authority to finance low-interest student loans.
• Proposition 4 (HJR 63): Would allow counties to participate in certain tax financing zones, including issuing bonds to finance development or redevelopment of an undeveloped or underdeveloped area. Does not provide authority for increasing ad valorem tax rates
• Proposition 5 (SJR 26): Would allow cities and counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities or counties without meeting the tax assessment and sinking fund requirements.
• Proposition 6 (HJR 109): Would allow for the distribution of revenue from the permanent school fund to the available school fund to provide additional funding for public education.
• Proposition 7 (SJR 28): This amendment would authorize El Paso County districts to issue bonds for parks and recreational facilities.
• Proposition 8 (SJR 16): Would provide for the taxation of open-space land that is devoted to water stewardship purposes based on its productive capacity.
• Proposition 9 (SJR 9): Would allow the governor to pardon those who have successfully completed a term of deferred adjudication.
• Proposition 10 (SJR 37): This amendment would lengthen the time period before county officials must resign to run for another office, removing the stipulation that a county or district officeholder automatically resign their local office should they become candidates for another office.
To read a more in-depth analysis highlighting each proposition, along with comments both for and against the ballot measures, please visit the House Research Organization website at www.hro.house.state.tx.us/pdf/focus/amend82.pdf.
Early voting began October 24 and ends Friday, November 4. Should you need help finding your precinct location, please do not hesitate to contact my office. I hope you will join me along with your friends and neighbors and take part in this election.
After my first session as your state representative, I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to serve you in the Texas House of Representatives. I can be reached at 512-463-0652 or District47.Workman@house.state.tx.us.
Paul Workman represents House District 47 in the Texas House.