East Texas voters head to polls on proposed constitutional amendments
POSTED: Friday, October 30, 2009 - 3:38pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 3:54am
TEXAS — Voters heading to the polls for early voting and election day, November third, have some thinking to do. Not only are some local issues on the ballot, but some misunderstood proposals to the state constitution.
Proposition 1 would allow cities and counties to pay for buffer zones around military bases. It would use property tax increases to pay for bonds and notes used for construction.
Proposition 4, if passed, would establish the National Research University Fund to fund research universities. The fund would benefit schools such as Texas Tech, UTEP and the University of Houston.
Prop 6 would authorize the Veterans' Land Board to provide for, issue and sell state general obligation bonds for land or mortgage loans.
Prop 7 will allow officers and enlisted members of the Texas State Guard to the excemptions from the prohibition against holding dual offices.
Prop 8 will authorize the state to contribute money, property and other resources to establish, maintain and operate Veterans' Hospitals across the state.
Prop 9 would strengthen the open beaches act by establishing the public's right to access beaches along the Gulf Coast.
Prop 10 would create a term limit of four years for members of Emergency Service Districts.
Prop 11 would restrict the use of eminent domain to taking property for public purposes only.
Both Governor Perry and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison support this proposition along with Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.
Commissioner Staples says "proposition 11 prohibits the government from acquiring real estate for non-public use."
Propositions 2, 3 and 5 all pertain to property taxes.
Prop 2 would authorize the Legislature to provide for taxation based solely on the property's value as a residence.
Tyler represenative Leo Berman says despite the rumors in no way will prop 2 increase property Taxes.
Mr. Berman says, "We balanced our budget, we have a small surplus and we are in the black. We don't have to raise property taxes."
Prop 3 would allow uniform procedure across the state to evaluate property taxes.
Prop 5 would allow for 2 or more adjoining appraisal districts to consolidate.
State Senator Kevin Eltife and Representative Leo Berman say they support all 3 proposed amendments.