Tuesday, November 7 is Election Day in the City of Houston. It is a day to get out and vote and let your voice be heard. On the ballot, there are several State of Texas and City of Houston propositions that are important to note. These include the following in the order that they will appear on the ballot:
State of Texas Constitutional Amendments
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution.”
“The constitutional amendment to establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing of home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.”
“The constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate after the expiration of the person’s term of office.”
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.”
“The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.”
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”
“The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.”
City of Houston Bond Elections
Proposition A is the issuance of $1,010,000,000 pension obligation bonds for the purpose of funding a portion of the unfunded liability of the City with respect to Houston Police Officers’ Pension System and the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System as contemplated by the pension reform plan contained in Texas Senate Bill 2190 adopted in the 85th legislature. Failure to pass this proposition will cause various City services to be cut in order to fund the unfunded pension obligation. (Strongly supported by Council Member Martin)
Proposition B is the issuance of $159,000,000 public safety improvement bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, and equipment of public safety permanent improvements for the police and fire departments.
Proposition C is the issuance of $104,000,000 park improvement bonds for the conservation, improvement, acquisition, construction and equipment of neighborhood parks, recreational facilities and bayous, including such green spaces along bayous to create an integrated system of bayou walking, running and bicycle trails to enhance, preserve and protect the health of citizens, water quality, natural habitat and native wildlife.
Proposition D is the issuance of $109,000,000 public facility improvement bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, remediation, and equipment of permanent improvements that support public health and wellness, sanitation and other essential governmental and general services of the City.
Proposition E is the issuance of $123,000,000 library improvement bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, and equipment of the public library system.
The Kingwood Early Voting location is the Kingwood Community Center (4102 Rustic Woods), which will be open:
Monday, Oct 23 – Friday, Oct 27: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct 28: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct 29: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct 30 – Friday, Nov 3: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.