“This is a perfect opportunity for Galveston county voters to let our government officials and representatives in Austin know what we want,” Tom Ferguson, Brazoria-Galveston County Farm Bureau president, said. “It’s simple. You look at the amendments on the ballot and decide whether you’re for it or against it. Your selection can change the lives of many for years to come.”
Proposition1 would allow the Texas Legislature to look at allowing a partially disabled veteran or spouse to qualify for an exemption from ad valorem taxation on their home.
The amendment, if passed, would allow the exemption if the homestead was donated by a charitable organization for less than market value. Current law only allows the exemption if the home was donated at no cost to the veteran.
Proposition 2 would require certain conditions be met to refinance a home equity loan secured by a voluntary lien on a homestead. It would also lower the cap on fees associated with the home equity loan.
Proposition 3 would require officer holders appointed by the governor and approved by the Senate to leave their position at the end of the legislative session during which their term expires. Currently, office holders who fit this description can stay in their position indefinitely without ever being re-appointed and approved by the Senate.
Proposition 4 would clarify what a professional sports team is for charitable foundations wishing to host a raffle.
Proposition 6 would authorize the Texas Legislature to exempt ad valorem taxes for all or part of the market value of a home for the surviving spouse of a first responder fatally injured in the line of duty.
Proposition 7 would give the Legislature authority to allow credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes to promote savings.
“To be added to the Texas Constitution, these amendments simply need a majority vote. If voter turnout is low, a single vote, or a family of voters, can sway the election,” Mr. Ferguson said. “Take the time to vote. The future of Texas is in our hands.”
Early voting runs Oct. 23-Nov 3. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7.
To find your polling place, verify voter registration or see a sample ballot, visit VoteTexas.gov.