By Mary Whitfill
Ten propositions will go on the ballot tomorrow for the November Texas Constitutional Amendment Election. Registered Dallas County voters can report to their precinct polling location to cast their vote. Propositions up for election are as follows:
Proposition Number 1 (SJR 14):
SJR 14 would amend the constitution to authorize the legislature to provide the surviving spouse of a totally disabled veteran with exemption from property taxes on the couples home, so long as the surviving spouse has not remarried and the property remains their primary residence.
Proposition Number 2 (SJR 4):
SJR 4 would amend the constitution to authorize the Texas Water Development Board to issue bonds on a continual basis to the Texas Water Development Fund II, so long as the amount of bonds outstanding does not surpass $6 billion.
Proposition Number 3 (SJR 50):
SJR 50 would amend the constitution to authorize the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to issue and sell obligation bonds on a continual basis to finance educational loans for students.
Proposition Number 4 (HJR 63):
HJR 63 would amend the constitution to authorize the legislature to permit a county to issue bonds to finance the development of an unproductive or underdeveloped area within the county and to increase ad valorem taxes in property for the county repayment of the bonds. The amendment would not allow independent increasing of ad valorem tax rates.
Proposition Number 5 (SJR 26):
SJR 26 would amend the constitution to authorize the legislature to allow cities and counties to enter into local contracts with other cities and counties without having to assess an ad valorem tax and set aside funds for the payment of costs under such contracts.
Proposition Number 6 (HJR 109):
HJR 109 would amend the constitution to increase the amount of principal that is available for withdrawal from the permanent school fund each year and would clarify references to that fund within the constitution. HJR 109 would also provide authority to distribute the available school fund annual revenue from school fund land or other properties up to $300 million per year.
Proposition Number 7 (SJR 28):
SJR 28 would amend the constitution by adding El Paso County to the list of counties authorized to create conservation and reclamation districts to develop parks and recreational facilities financed by taxes.
Proposition Number 8 (SJR 16):
SJR 16 would amend the constitution by requiring legislature to provide for taxation of open space land devoted to water stewardship purposes on the basis of productive capacity.
Proposition Number 9 (SJR 9):
SJR 9 would amend the constitution to authorize the governor to grant a pardon, reprieve or commutation of punishment to a person who successfully completes a term of supervised community service, under the advice of the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Proposition Number 10 (SJR 37):
SJR 37 would amend the constitution by extending the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of certain local elected officeholders if they announce candidacy for another office from one year to one year and 30 days.
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