SHERMAN, Tex. -- Early voting is underway in Texas, and two important propositions are on the ballot for the city of Sherman.
If passed, both propositions would mean Sherman residents would have to pay more sales tax in the city, but officials say the benefits would outweigh the costs for Sherman residents.
Proposition One on the city of Sherman ballot would raise sales taxes by an 1/8th of a percent in order to reduce property taxes.
The idea behind this is that most people who shop in Sherman don't live in the city, so by increasing the sales tax, it would put most of the burden on commuters.
"Fifty-three percent of shoppers come from outside the city limits. This will save Sherman tax payers a million dollars a year if passed," Sherman mayor Bill Magers says.
The tax would go from 8% to 8.25%, and Magers says the property tax decrease will affect everyone.
"It affects homeowners, businesses, anyone who owns or rents property because even renters are paying for property taxes through rent."
The second proposition would raise local sales taxes by 0.125% in order to provide money for road repairs and maintenance
"It would allow us to repair and replace 16 miles of streets and completely redo our aging infrastructure."
City leaders also say it would help not just residents but other travelers as well.
"The other kind of hidden factors also make it easier for fire trucks, ambulances, police cars to respond to the community," says Rad Richardson.
The good news is if voters pass both propositions, the City of Sherman would see a 20% decrease in property taxes, but not everyone is for the taxes, even if the propositions would save money.
Whether you are for or against the issue, city leaders encourage all Sherman residents to get out and vote.
Of course there are also plenty of state propositions also on the ballot. You can check those and local polling locations below.
Polls are open for regular voting on November 6th.
To find your polling location, click on the link for your county:
Here is a list and explanation of each proposition:
PROPOSITION 1 (HJR 103)
HJR 103 provides for continuing the constitutional appropriation for
facilities and other capital items at Angelo State University in a
change of governance of the university.
PROPOSITION 2 (SJR 57)
SJR 57 Provides for issuing $500 million in general obligation bonds to
finance student loans and authorizes bond enhancement agreements
for general obligation bonds issued for that purpose.
PROPOSITION 3 (HGR 40)
HJR 40 Authorizes the Legislature to provide that the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation is the lesser of these: the most recent market value of the home as
determined by the appraisal entity or 110 percent - or a greater
percentage- of the appraised value of the home for the preceding
PROPOSITION 4 (SJR 65)
SJR 65 Authorizes issuance of up to $1 billion in bonds for
maintenance, improvement, repair and construction projects and for
the purchase of equipment.
PROPOSITION 5 (SJR 44)
SJR 44 Authorizes the Legislature to permit the voters of a
municipality with a population under 10,000 to authorize its
governing body to enter an agreement with an owner of real property
in or adjacent to the municipality that has been approved for
funding under certain programs administered by the Texas Department
of Agriculture. Would allow the parties to agree that all ad
valorem taxes imposed on the owner's property may not be increased
for the first five tax years after the tax year in which the
agreement is entered into.
PROPOSITION 6 (HJR 54)
HJR 54 Authorizes the Legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation
one motor vehicle that the owner uses in his or her occupation or
profession and for personal activities.
PROPOSITION 7 (HJR 30)
HJR 30 Allows governmental entities to sell property acquired through
eminent domain back to the previous owners at the price the
entities paid to acquire the property.
PROPOSITION 8 (HJR 72)
HJR 72 Clarifies certain provisions relating to the making of a home
equity loan and use of home equity loan proceeds.
PROPOSITION 9 (SJR 29)
SJR 29 Authorizes the Legislature to exempt all or part of the
residence homesteads of certain totally disabled veterans from ad
valorem taxation and authorizes a change in the manner of
determining the amount of the existing exemption from ad valorem
taxation to which a disabled veteran is entitled.
PROPOSITION 10 (HJR 69)
HJR 69 Abolishes the constitutional authority for the office of
inspector of hides and animals.
PROPOSITION 11 (HJR 19)
HJR 19 Requires that a recorded vote be taken by a house of the
Legislature on final passage of any bill, other than certain local
bills and ceremonial resolutions, and provides for public access on
the Internet to those recorded votes.
PROPOSITION 12 (SJR 64)
SJR 64 Provides for the issuance of up to $5 billion in general obligation bonds by the Texas Transportation Commission for highway improvement projects.
PROPOSITION 13 (HJR 6)
HJR 6 Authorizes the denial of bail to someone who violates certain
court orders or conditions of release in a felony or family
PROPOSITION 14 (HJR 36)
HJR 36 Permits a justice or judge who reaches the mandatory retirement
age while in office to serve the remainder of his or her current
PROPOSITION 15 (HJR 90)
HJR 90 Requires the creation of the Cancer Prevention and Research
Institute of Texas and authorizes issuance of up to $3 billion in
bonds for research in Texas to find the causes of and cures for
PROPOSITION 16 (SJR 20)
SJR 20 Provides for issuance of additional general obligation bonds by
the Texas Water Development Board up to $250 million to provide assistance to economically distressed areas.
Information from the Secretary of State's website.