Last session, the Texas Legislature took up measures to provide tax relief, improve transportation funding, and preserve Texans' right to hunt and fish. Each of these issues is addressed in the form of proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. Today is the last day of early voting and Election Day is next Tuesday, November 3rd. Here’s a brief summary of the seven propositions on this year's ballot:
Proposition 1 - a constitutional amendment proposing a statewide increase from $15,000 to $25,000 for the homestead exemption. If passed, it will provide homeowners with much needed property tax relief and slow the growth of property taxes imposed by local governments.
Proposition 2 - a constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature to provide an ad valorem exemption to the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.
Proposition 3 - a constitutional amendment repealing the requirement that state officers elected by voters statewide reside in the state capital.
Proposition 4 - a constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.
Proposition 5 - a constitutional amendment authorizing counties with a population of 7,500 or less to perform private road construction and maintenance.
Proposition 6 - a constitutional amendment recognizing the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife subject to laws that promote wildlife conservation.
Proposition 7 - a constitutional amendment dedicating certain sales and use tax revenue and motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for non-tolled roads and the reduction of certain transportation-related debt. If passed, the Legislative Budget Board estimates $2.5 billion in sales tax for transportation over the next two years.
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