Weatherford Democrat

November 3, 2013

Voters to decide state constitutional amendment proposals, ESD No. 3 question


Weatherford Democrat

— Tuesday, Nov. 5, is Election Day — the first statewide election where a photo ID will be required to vote in person.

On the local ballots are nine amendments to the Texas Constitution, placed in random order by Texas Secretary of State John Steen.

Most Parker County residents will vote solely on the amendments, but others will also vote on additions to Emergency Service District No. 3 and ESD No. 7, as well as on bond elections in the Azle and Granbury school districts.

Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Photo ID

Texas now requires voters to show photo ID at the polls. IDs that can be accepted include: one of four Texas Department of Public Safety-issued photo IDs (driver’s license, personal ID card, concealed handgun license or election identification certificate) or one of three United States gov­ernment issued photo IDs (passport, military ID card, U.S. citizenship or naturalization certificate).

The photo ID must be current or expired no more than 60 days. Other photo IDs, including student IDs and employment IDs, cannot be accepted at the polls.

ESD No. 3 annexation

In East Parker County residents within the boundaries of ESD No. 3 as well as residents living in a petitioned area in and around Annetta North will vote on whether to add the petitioned area to the ESD, a taxing entity. The proposed annexation area includes land inside the city limits of Annetta North — on the east and west ends — and land within the ETJs of both Annetta North and Weatherford.  

A second related proposition would commit the Annetta North territory to assuming a proportionate share of ESD No. 3’s outstanding debts and taxes should the first proposition succeed.



Prop. 1

The constitutional amendment 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 member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action.



Prop. 2

The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational.



Prop. 3

The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption.



Prop. 4

The constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization.



Prop. 5

The constitutional amendment to authorize the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan.



Prop. 6

The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources.



Prop. 7

The constitutional amendment authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less.



Prop. 8

The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.



Prop. 9

The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.



Voters’ guide

The nonpartisan League of Women Voters — Texas Education Fund Voters Guide for the Constitutional Amendment Election —  is available online at www.lwvtexas.org and www.VOTE411.org and distributed in print by local Leagues and through many libraries.



Polling sites

Pct. Location

100  Silver Creek Methodist Church, 2200 Church Road off FM Road 730, Azle.

105  Silver Creek Elementary School, 10300 South FM Road 730, Azle.

110  Crosstimbers Elementary School, 831 Jackson Trail, Azle.

111  Azle Masonic Lodge, 257 W. Main, Azle.

115  Reno City Hall, 195 W. Reno Road, Reno.

120  First Baptist Springtown, 500 N. Main, Springtown.

125  Outreach Of Love Church, 3591 E. Hwy. 199, Springtown.

130  Parker County Ne Annex, 1020 E. Hwy. 199, Springtown.

135  Friendship Baptist Church, 801 Friendship Road, Weatherford.

140  Agnes Baptist Church, 350 Agnes North, Springtown.

200  Harberger Hill Community Center, Room B, 701 Narrow St., Weatherford.

205  Trinity Lutheran Church, 1500 Ball St., Weatherford.

210  Poolville Methodist Church, 230 N. Church St., Poolville.

215  Peaster Fire Dept., 221 Judd St., Peaster.

220  Whitt Fire Dept., 4312 N FM Road 52, Whitt.                                                                         

225  Garner ISD, 2222 Garner School Road, Garner.

230  Calvary Baptist Church, 1900 N. Main St., Weatherford.

235  Shady Grove Baptist Church, 2470 W. Lambert Road, Weatherford.

240  Union Baptist Church, 3451 Sarra Lane, Springtown.

245  Calvary Baptist Church, 1900 N. Main St., Weatherford.

250  Harberger Hill Community Center, Room C, 701 Narrow St.,Weatherford.

255  Victory Baptist Church, 1311 East Bankhead Drive, Weatherford.

300  Phoenix Masonic Lodge, 1009 Palo Pinto St., Weatherford.

305  Grace First Presbyterian Church, 606 Mockingbird Lane, Weatherford.

310  Weatherford Ninth Grade Center (new gym), 1007 South Main St., Weatherford.

315  Santa Fe Drive Baptist Church, 1502 Santa Fe Drive, Weatherford.

320  Millsap Community Center, 104 Fannin St., Millsap.

325  Harmony Baptist Church, 242 Harmony Road, Weatherford.

330  Parker County ESD No.  6, 4970 Tin Top Road, Weatherford.

335  Brock Baptist Church, 2111 FM Road 1189, Brock.

340  First Baptist Church of Dennis, 7600 FM Road 1189, Dennis.

345  Spring Creek Baptist Church, 100 Spring Creek Road, Weatherford.

350  Greenwood Community Center, 1418 Greenwood Cut-Off Road.        

400  Fire Station, 6085 White Settlement Road, Weatherford.

405  Fire Station No. 2, 122 W. Lake Drive, Weatherford.  

410  Willow Park Police/Fire Dept., 101 Stagecoach Trail, Willow Park.

415  Willow Park Municipal Bldg., 516 Ranch House Road, Willow Park.

420  Wheatland Baptist Church, 15910 State Hwy 377, Wheatland.   

425  Church of God Campground, 2240 Fort Worth Hwy., Weatherford.

430  Aledo Community Center, 104 Robinson Court, Aledo.

435  Willow Park Baptist Church, 129 S. Ranch House Road, Willow Park.

440  New Faith Baptist, 3303 West FM Road 5, Annetta.

445  Parker County Precinct Barn No. 4, 1320 Airport Road, Aledo.

450  Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church, 200 S. Lakeshore Drive, Hudson Oaks.