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Nine proposed Texas Constitution amendments on November 5 ballot

October 17th, 2013 under Top Stories

Early voting begins Monday

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Early voting begins Monday, October 21 for nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.

Among the measures on the Tuesday, November 5 ballot, are water funding plans and tax exemptions for military veterans.

In Presidio County early voting is being conducted from 8am-noon and 1-5pm weekdays at the Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa and at the Presidio County Courthouse Annex in Presidio.

Proposition 1 would provide a tax exemption for the surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. armed services who was killed in action. According to the League of Women Voters of Texas (LWV), the spouse would be exempt “from paying local property taxes based on all or part of the total appraised value of the homestead.”

Other tax-related amendments include Proposition 3, which would extend the number of days aircraft parts can be held temporarily by a business in Texas as part of the “Freeport exemption.”

Proposition 4 would provide a property tax exemption to partially disabled veterans or surviving spouses “if the homestead has been donated by a charitable organization at no cost to the veteran,” according to LWV. The proposition would also allow the legislature to provide additional eligibility requirements.

LWV states that Proposition 6 would create two water plan funds: the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas (SWIRFT). Both would fund water plan projects with the $2 billion transferred from the Rainy Day Fund.

Proposition 9 would expand the types of sanctions the State Commission on Judicial Contact could assess against a judge or justice, whether it’s done in public or in private.

Proposition 7 would allow Texas cities with more than 5,000 citizens to fill a governing body vacancy without a special election if the unexpired term is 12 months or less.

The other amendments would include adding a hospital district in Hidalgo County (Proposition 8), the elimination of a defunct State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund (Proposition 2), and allowing Texas seniors aged 62 or older to acquire a new residence with a “reverse mortgage for purchase” (Proposition 5).

For more in-depth information about the proposed amendments, please review the LWV Voters Guide, which can be accessed at their website at www.lwvtexas.org.

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