Texas election season is rapidly approaching and it is important to be an informed voter. This year’s November 3, 2015, statewide ballot will include seven proposed constitutional amendments. If approved by Texas voters, those amendments will become part of the Texas Constitution. Texans who are registered to vote by October 5 can vote early from October 19 through October 30.
In 2013 only 5.7 percent of registered voters in Montgomery County cast a ballot, voting for propositions which became part of the Texas Constitution. Everyone has opinions, but only votes are counted.
Registered voters here in House District 3 should have received my newsletter which includes ballot language and a tear-away for marking your position. This can be carried into the voting booth. For a lengthier description, click here to view the Texas Legislative Council’s analysis.
- Prop 1 increases the homestead exemption from $25,000 to $15,000. Texans over the age of 65 who have frozen their taxes will also receive the increased exemption.
- Prop 2 exempts surviving spouses of totally disabled veterans from property taxes, regardless of the year the veteran passed away. Current law only exempts property if the veteran passed away after 2009.
- Prop 3 repeals the requirement that statewide officials must reside in Austin while in office, impacting the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, and Land Commissioner.
- Prop 4 allows foundations directly associated with professional sports teams to run charitable raffles during home games. Current law limits charitable raffles to non-profits.
- Prop 5 increases the population for counties to be able to perform private road construction and maintenance to 7,500 from 5,000, impacting rural counties.
- Prop 6 guarantees your right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, while protecting laws relating to trespass, eminent domain, and discharging a weapon in a populated area.
- Prop 7 has two functions: when sales tax revenue exceeds $28 billion in a fiscal year, $2.5 billion of the excess tax revenue collected for that year is allocated to the State Highway Fund and; when state motor vehicle sales and rental tax revenue exceeds $5 billion in a fiscal year, 35 percent of the excess revenue collected for that year is allocated the State Highway Fund.
I strongly encourage you to read through these propositions and vote. It essential that Texans be an informed, voting electorate. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call my office at (512) 463-0650.