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October 3, 2013

Texas voters will decide whether to approve property tax exemptions related to military service

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Legislative author Rep. Charles Perry says Proposition 4, “removes barriers communities and organizations face when helping out our disabled veterans by taking away the tax burden associated with the gift of a home” allowing those who sacrificed defending our freedoms to heal focusing “on their dreams, career and family without the worry of losing their home.”

Others might be concerned that singling out one group for special tax exemption status, even though deserving, raises issues of uniformity in taxation and could open the door to continued erosion of the tax base.

The nonpartisan LWV-Texas Education Fund Voters Guide for the Constitutional Amendment Election with the ballot language, an explanationand balanced arguments for and against each proposition plus helpful information on the new photo ID requirement and other aspects of voting is available online at www.lwvtexas.org and www.VOTE411.org and distributed in print by local Leagues and through many libraries.

A Constitutional Amendment page on www.lwvtexas.org provides additional information on the constitutional amendment process and proposals considered by the 2013 Texas Legislature.

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