In addition to some local elections, Parker County residents will see 10 constitutional amendments on the Nov. 5 election ballot when early voting begins on Monday.
Proposition 1 permits a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.
Proposition 2 provides for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.
Proposition 3 authorizes the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.
Proposition 4 prohibits the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.
“One that’s near and dear to my heart is Proposition 4 because I authored it in the legislature and that one is to ban a state income tax in Texas,” Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, said. “There’s been a lot of misinformation about this on the internet. We do not have a state income tax now, but what many Texans think is that the Texas Constitution forbids a state income tax and that’s not true. I would recommend people vote for Proposition 4.”
Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, also said it’s important for the public to understand they need to vote for Proposition 4, which will ban a state income tax.
“I hope people please understand they need to vote for the proposition banning a state income tax. It’s a little confusing because we’re having to get them to vote for being against a state income tax,” King said. “We need them to vote for and that will effectively, forever, prevent Texas from putting in place a state income tax. To be honest, the reason we’re doing that is because we don’t know what future legislators might do, so we want to while we have to vote, forever ban a state income tax in Texas.”
Proposition 5 dedicates the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water quality and history by acquiring, managing and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes.
“The original amendment was enacted since many buyers of sporting goods use state parks and historical commission sites for swimming, climbing, walking, biking and other outdoor activities as well as visits to battlegrounds, fort and plantations,” Parker County Historical Commission Chair Janice Smith said. “However, the amount paid to these agencies is subject to the whims of the legislature, which often uses the funds for other purposes. Proposition 5 ensures a steady revenue stream to parks and wildlife and the historical commission to help them maintain facilities used by everyone who enjoys state history and outdoors.”
Proposition 6 authorizes the legislature to increase the maximum bond amount by $3 million authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Proposition 7 allows increased distributions to the available school fund.
Proposition 8 provides for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing, drainage, flood mitigation and flood control projects.
Proposition 9 authorizes the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in Texas.
Proposition 10 allows the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.
Early voting will end on Nov. 1 and the voting sites are the Aledo ISD Administration building, the Brock Fire Department, the Willow Park Municipal building, the Peaster ISD Rock Gym, Municipal Court Annex in Springtown, the Azle Masonic Lodge and the Parker County Courthouse Annex.
For more information about the constitutional amendments visit the Office of the Texas Secretary of State website at www.sos.state.tx.us.