Election Day in Texas

By: KXII Staff & Wire Reports Email
By: KXII Staff & Wire Reports Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- Election Day is Tuesday in Texas, and several amendments are on the ballot statewide and in Grayson County, including two propositions for the City of Sherman. Check this story for all the details and election results as soon as they become available.

Sherman election initiatives on the ballot
The increased sales tax initiative in Sherman continues to be a hot topic for the November 6th election. The initiative consists of two propositions, one which provides additional relief to seniors currently benefiting from the 2005 property tax freeze and expands property tax relief to all Sherman taxpayers.

The other will allow the city to stay ahead of growth patterns. If both propositions are passed, officials say they will ensure a 20% decrease for all Sherman property tax payers while bringing in more money for the city, which attracts shoppers from all over North Texas.

"Retail and sales tax is the major revenue sale in the city of Sherman, and we need to maximize that revenue because it relieves Sherman citizens of the property taxes so it’s a shift in the right direction, in my opinion," Sherman mayor Bill Magers says.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where to vote
For a list of the 22 designated polling places in Grayson County, click here.

Proposed constitutional amendments in Tuesday's election

Sixteen proposed amendments are on the ballot Tuesday and will be added to the Texas Constitution if voters approve them. Those propositions in their ballot order are:

Provides for continuing the constitutional appropriation for facilities and other capital items at Angelo State University in a change of governance of the university.

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.

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 tax year.

Authorizes issuance of up to $1 billion in bonds for maintenance, improvement, repair and construction for state parks, historic sites, crime labs and other state projects and money for potential new prison construction.

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.

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.

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.

Clarifies certain provisions relating to the making of a home equity loan and use of home equity loan proceeds.

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.

Abolishes the constitutional authority for the office of inspector of hides and animals.

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.

Provides for the issuance of up to $5 billion in general obligation bonds by the Texas Transportation Commission for highway improvement projects.

Authorizes the denial of bail to someone who violates certain court orders or conditions of release in a felony or family violence case.

Permits a justice or judge who reaches the mandatory retirement age while in office to serve the remainder of his or her current term.

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 cancer.

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.

On the Net: Texas Secretary of State's Office at www.sos.state.tx.us

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