The Texas Water War is now officially on. The filing deadline for candidates in all parties, or as independent/non-unaffiliated, is December 15th. The courts are now drawing the lines, as the legislature made fatal errors.
The upcoming election is a great opportunity. Independent Texans is looking for candidates!
We will call a meeting real soon. Meanwhile, get this poster out across Texas land! Post it around town and email it, and Facebook it!
Ten proposed constitutional amendments appeared on the ballot in the November 8 election. Here is a summary of each. Results appear beside each proposition. For more details, head to www.votexas.org or www.sos.state.tx.us.
Proposition 1 — PASSED
Allows a full property tax homestead exemption for the surviving spouse of a totally disabled veteran if the spouse has not remarried and the property was the family’s homestead when the veteran died.
Proposition 2 — PASSED
Authorizes the Texas Water Development Board to issue additional general obligation bonds up to $6 billion.
Proposition 3 — PASSED
Authorizes the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to issue general obligation bonds on a continuing basis to finance student loans.
Proposition 4 — FAILED
Allows the Legislature to permit a county to issue bonds or notes to develop an “unproductive, underdeveloped or blighted” area.
Proposition 5 — PASSED
Permits cities and counties to enter into contracts with other cities and counties without having to assess property taxes to pay the contract costs.
Proposition 6 — PASSED
Increases the amount of principal available for withdrawal from the permanent school fund each year and clarifies some references to the fund in the state constitution.
Proposition 7 — FAILED
Adds El Paso County to the counties allowed to create conservation and reclamation districts to develop tax-financed parks and recreation areas.
Proposition 8 — FAILED
Provides for a lower property tax appraisal for land where the owner is engaging in good water stewardship, similar to the existing agriculture and wildlife exemptions.
Proposition 9 — PASSED
Allows the governor, upon recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, to grant a pardon, reprieve or commutation of a sentence for someone who has completed deferred adjudication community supervision.
Proposition 10 — PASSED
Extends the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of a local elected office holder if the official becomes a candidate for another office. The length of the remaining term is extended to one year and 30 days, instead of the previous one year.
For reports on each County click here.