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Amendment election set for Nov. 8

October 24, 2011

Early voting begins today

Early voting in the 2011 Texas Constitutional Amendment Election is underway.
Jan Barnes, Hutchinson County Clerk, said that those wishing to vote early can do so starting today through Nov. 8, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Polling places are as follows:
•Hutchinson County Annex, 1400 Veta Street, Room 111, Borger
•Fritch Library Community Room, 205 North Cornell, Fritch
•Hutchinson County Courthouse, 500 Main Street, Basement, Stinnett
Election Day will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 8, 2011. The polling places on that day are as follows:
•Precinct 11 – Faith Covenant Church, 1501 South Florida, Borger
•Precincts 14 and 23 – Fairlanes Baptist Church, 3000 Fairlanes Boulevard, Borger
•Precinct 21 – Fritch Library Community Room, 205 North Cornell, Fritch
•Precincts 31 & 41 – West Texas High School Commons Room, 600 Stewart Avenue, Stinnett
•Precincts 33 & 42 – Borger School Administration Building, 200 East Ninth, Borger
The proposed amendments on this year’s ballot are as follows:
•Proposition 1 – Authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.
This proposition, known as SJR 14, would amend the constitution to authorize the legislature to provide the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the surviving spouse’s residence homestead.
This would apply as long as the surviving spouse has not remarried, the property was the residence homestead of the surviving spouse when the qualifying veteran died, and the property remains the residence homestead of the surviving spouse.
•Proposition 2 – Providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $6 billion at any time outstanding.
This proposition, known as SJR 4, would amend the constitution to authorize the Texas Water Development Board to issue additional general obligation bonds on a continuing basis for one of more accounts of the Texas Water Development Fund II.
This comes with the restriction that the total amount of bonds outstanding at any time does not exceed $6 billion.
•Proposition 3 – Providing for the issuance of general obligation bonds of the State of Texas to finance educational loans to students.
This proposition, known as SJR 50, would amend the constitution to authorize the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or its successors to issue and sell general obligation bonds on a continuing basis for the purpose of financing educational loans to students.
This is subject to certain constitutional restrictions, including a restriction as to the maximum principal amount of bonds outstanding at any time.
•Proposition 4 – Authorizing the legislature to permit a county to issue bonds or notes to finance the development or redevelopment of an unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted area and to pledge for repayment of the bonds or notes increases in ad valorem taxes imposed by the county on property in the area. The amendment does not provide authority for increasing ad valorem tax rates.
This proposition, known as HJR 63, would amend the constitution to authorize the legislature to permit 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 ad valorem tax revenues imposed on property in the area by the county for repayment of such bonds or notes.
The amendment does not provide independent authority for increasing ad valorem tax rates.
Proposition 5 – Authorizing the legislature to allow cities or counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities or counties without the imposition of a tax or the provision of a sinking fund.
This proposition, known as SJR 26, would amend the constitution to authorize the legislature to permit cities and counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities or counties without having to assess an ad valorem tax and set aside a specific amount of funds for the payment of costs under the interlocal contract.
Proposition 6 – The constitutional amendment clarifying references to the permanent school fund, allowing the General Land Office to distribute revenue from permanent school fund land or other properties to the available school fund to provide additional funding for public education, and providing for an increase in the market value of the permanent school fund for the purpose of allowing increased distributions from the available school fund.
This proposition, known as HJR 109, would amend the constitution to 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.
Increased access to the principal of the state public education trust fund would be based upon this proposition granting the authority to consider alternative market calculations when determining the amount of principal that is available for distribution to the available school fund.
This proposition would also provide authority to distribute to the available school fund annual revenue from the school land fund or other properties up to $300 million per year.
•Proposition 7 – Authorizing the legislature to permit conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supported by ad valorem taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities.
This proposition, known as SJR 28, 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 – Providing for the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of open-space land devoted to water-stewardship purposes on the basis of its productive capacity.
This proposition, known as SJR 16, would amend the constitution by requiring the legislature to provide for taxation of open space land devoted to water stewardship purposes on the basis of its productive capacity.
•Proposition 9 – Authorizing the governor to grant a pardon to a person who successfully completes a term of deferred adjudication community supervision
This proposition, known as SJR 9, would amend the constitution to authorize the governor, on the written recommendation and advice of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, to grant a pardon, reprieve, or commutation of punishment to a person who successfully completes a term of deferred adjudication community supervision.
•Proposition 10 – Changing the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of certain county elected or district officeholders if they become candidates for another office.
This proposition, known as SJR 37, would amend the constitution by extending 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.
Anyone with questions on this year’s constitutional amendment election can call Barnes at 878-4002.

Comments

Amendments to the Constitution

October 24, 2011 by htip (not verified), 3 years 4 weeks ago
Comment: 782

I commend you for this excellent explanation of the amendments. No reason for anyone to not understand them and not go to the polls and exercise their rights as an American.

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