POSTED: Monday, November 4, 2013 - 6:56pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 11:13am
Texas has over 18-million people eligible to vote on Tuesday.
But only 13-million are registered.
But, off-year elections are not normally high-turnout affairs.
But Tuesday’s ballot has some items of importance to the state, and local initiatives that mean big changes for some parts of our area.
Of the 9 proposed constitutional amendments, 3 are relatively non-controversial.
If you are a disabled veteran, or the surviving spouse of a vet who was killed in action, propositions 1 and 4 would give the legislature the power to exempt you from property taxes on your home.
Proposition 5 would allow the use of so-called reverse mortgages for the purchase of a new home, not just the refinancing of a current one.
It would allow seniors particularly to save money when they move to a new homestead.
But the most controversial one and the one where big money is being spent, is Proposition 6.
This amendment would create two funds for the financing of future water projects in the state.
It would use $2-billion from the Rainy Day fund for seed money, and the need is great.
Given the population growth of the state, the need for water is becoming critical.
Chapel Hill is looking at a $31-million school bond issue that has raised a bit of dust lately.
That same is true in Gilmer, where a $36-million school bond proposal is up for a vote.
There are beer and wine sales propositions for Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 and Precinct 1.
Those cover the central and northeast portions of the county.
And don’t forget, you’ll need a valid Texas ID to vote.
Smith County voting Locations…
Chapel Hill Fire Station 13801 CR 220 Tyler
Chapel Hill High School 13172 HWY 64 E Tyler
Douglas Elementary School 1525 N Carlyle Tyler
Jackson Elementary School 16406 FM 2767 Tyler
New Life Baptist Church 3575 CR 384 Tyler
Ornelas Activity Center 3402 Old Omen Road Tyler
Rose Heights Church of God 2120 Old Omen Road Tyler
Starville Church of the Living God 18396 HWY 271 Winona
Whitehouse Municipal Court 311 E Main Whitehouse
Winona First Methodist Church 206 Tyler Street Winona