Ten Legislative Propositions on November Ballot in Texas

September 20, 2011

There are 10 Legislative propositions on the November ballot in Texas.  Please review them and cast an informed vote on each of them.

If you vote “yes” to any of the propositions, this is what
you are voting for:

Proposition 1
would let the Legislature give property tax exemptions on all or part of the market value of homes owned by totally disabled veterans or their surviving spouses.

Proposition 2
would let the Texas Water Development Board issue more general obligation fund bonds – up to $6 million – to pay for key needs.

Proposition 3
would permit general obligation bonds to be issued to help finance student loans.

Proposition 4
would let the Legislature give counties the ability to issue bonds or other funding to pay for redeveloping blighted, underdeveloped or unproductive areas and raise ad valorem taxes in those areas to help repay the debt.

Proposition 5
would give the Legislature authority to let cities and counties enter into interlocal contracts with other communities to consolidate various services and programs without requiring the communities to meet tax assessment and sinking fund (bond fund) requirements. Such “shared” buildings might include criminal justice buildings, animal shelters, etc. Currently the law prohibits comingling of funds or obligations between taxing agencies.

Proposition 6
would allow for more money to be transferred from the Permanent School Fund (the “PSF”) — which helps finance Texas public schools but is not available to the legislature at their discretion — to the Available School Fund, which is the pot of money the Legislature is allowed to draw from to spend on Texas schools.

Proposition 7
would let El Paso County be included in the list of Texas counties that may create conservation and reclamation districts to develop recreational facilities and parks.

Proposition 8
would give Texans using agricultural exemptions more tools to manage their property by encouraging water quality improvement projects.

Proposition 9
would let the governor grant a pardon to people who successfully complete deferred adjudication community supervision.

Proposition 10
would revise the “resign to run” provision in Texas law, extending the length of time elected officials may serve in office once they announce their candidacy for another office. Some say this is to address the filing deadline that was bumped to December, from January. If the proposition is adopted, elected officials may announce plans to run for a different office one year and one month — rather than just one year, as the law currently states, before their term ends — without having to resign their post.

Many thanks to Theresa Kosmoski, Legislative Affairs, Memorial West Republican Women PAC for her excellent re-cap of these propositions.


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