Texas voters supported seven propositions to amend the Texas Constitution on Nov. 3, with all initiatives passing easily in statewide voting. About 11 percent of registered voters cast ballots.
86.37% FOR, 13.62% AGAINST: This measure would increase property tax exemptions for homeowners from $15,000 to $25,000. Homeowners would be expected to save an average of $126 a year on property tax bills. The state has committed to covering the loss of this tax revenue to school districts — an estimated cost of $600 million annually. The amendment would also prohibit state officials from collecting taxes on real estate title transfers.
IN THE NEWS: TCTA's General Counsel Lonnie Hollingsworth Jr. talks with LeAnn Wallace of Time Warner Cable News Austin about Proposition 1.
91.41% FOR, 8.58% AGAINST: In 2011, Texas voters passed a constitutional amendment extending 100-percent property tax exemptions to surviving spouses of disabled veterans who have not remarried, but it did not include spouses of disabled veterans who died before Jan. 1, 2010. This amendment would expand current law to make those spouses eligible for the tax exemptions, as long as they have not remarried.
66.06% FOR, 33.93% AGAINST: The measure would allow some statewide elected officials to live outside the state capital. The constitution currently mandates that statewide officials including the comptroller, land commissioner, agriculture commissioner and attorney general live in Austin. That would no longer be the case under the proposed amendment, which does not address the governor or lieutenant governor; they are required to live in Austin.
69.42% FOR, 30.57% AGAINST: Professional sports teams’ charitable foundations would be able to hold more charitable raffles and 50/50 raffles, in which half the proceeds go to a charity and half can be used for prizes, including cash for a winner. Under current law, cash prizes cannot be awarded and raffles are limited to two times a year.
82.75% FOR, 17.24% AGAINST: The proposed amendment would raise the population limit — to 7,500 people, from 5,000 — for counties where the government can perform road construction.
81.03% FOR, 18.96% AGAINST: The proposed amendment would give Texans the explicit right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife. Texans can already hunt and fish, but this amendment is a preventive measure from any possible legislative action that could limit the right.
83.23% FOR, 16.76% AGAINST: With this proposed amendment, the state would dedicate some taxes collected on car sales for the State Highway Fund, which is used to maintain and construct public roadways and bridges.
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