Proposition 1 (SJR 1)
“The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $15,000 to $25,000, providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amountof ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, authorizing the legislature to prohibit a political subdivision that has adopted an optional residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation from reducing the amount of or repealing the exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property.”
- I am sure this will pass, because people think they are getting lower taxes. I had hoped (fat chance) that the legislature would have followed the RPT Platform Plank “We support the abolishment of property taxes, but in the interim, property taxes should be paid on the price of the property when it was initially purchased.” This would have kept a person from buying property for $100,000 and then 10 years later being taxed on $250,000 because their house appreciated but their income has not!
Proposition 2 (HJR 75)
“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 100 percent or totally disabled veteran who died before the law authorizing a residence homestead exemption for such a veteran took effect.”
- This is to clean up the Prop 1 in the November of 2013 election that I was against because it treats people different when taxing them. I think as a conservative all people should be treated the same in the taxing department. I will be voting NO on this!
Proposition 3 (SJR 52)
“The constitutional amendment repealing the requirement that state officers elected by voters statewide reside in the state capital.”
- This makes sense in today’s world that a person can live almost anywhere and do some jobs. If a Railroad Commissioner wants to live in San Antonio and drive that commute so be it. I will be voting YES on this.
Proposition 4 (HJR 73)
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.”
- I am against this because it is picking winners and losers. why should professional sports team be given a special exemption? Change the law for everyone of no one.
Proposition 5 (SJR 17)
“The constitutional amendment to authorize counties with a population of 7,500 or less to perform private road construction and maintenance.”
- This constitutional amendment just changes the constitution from 5000 to 7500?
Proposition 6 (SJR 22)
“The constitutional amendment recognizing the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife subject to laws that promote wildlife conservation.”
- “With recent lawsuits across the nation attacking our right to hunt and fish, I am eager for Proposition 6 to be presented to our voters on the November ballot. Hunting and fishing remains a strong part of our Texas heritage and we need to protect those rights now more than ever before.”
- “Hunting and fishing are deeply engrained in our state’s culture, and when Proposition 6 is passed by the voters, these rights will be protected for future generations of Texans.”
- “Texas State Rifle Association, the NRA state affiliate, supported SJR 22 , said Alice Tripp, Legislative Director of the Texas State Rifle Association PAC. “Prop 6 should protect the hunting and fishing heritage of our children and grandchildren as Texas grows and develops.”
- “This is an exciting step forward in the process and we can’t wait for the November ballot to firmly entrench our outdoor rights for future Texans,” remarked Ben Carter, Executive Director of Dallas Safari Club. “Given the need for scientific conservation and the massive economic impact hunting and fishing has on the state, Prop 6 will ensure Texans are able to conserve our wildlife resources while securing our outdoor heritage for generations to come.”
Proposition 7 (SJR 5)
“The 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 nontolled roads and the reduction of certain transportation-related debt.”
- I am not supporting this because it is robbing Peter to pay Paul.
Again I am sure it will pass just like the Rainy Day Fund diversion that was voted on in November of 2014 for roads.
What this Constitutional Amendment does is take a portion of the vehicle sales tax that goes to the General Fund at the moment and gives it to TXDot for roads and infrastructure.
I think roads and infrastructure are one of the biggest problems in Texas (although last week at the CTRA July meeting we went around the room and had all 38 attendees tell us their two most important issues for Texas and not one mentioned roads and infrastructure, it is still one of my top 2 issues). The problem is this is an easy fix for our politicians that do not want to make hard decisions which is what got us in to this road mess in the first place.
We have not had a gas tax increase since 1991 and on top of that we have a 25% diversion from Gas Tax to Education. (Representative Paul Workman tells me I can’t call it a diversion because it is in the Texas Constitution but I disagree).
I believe that roads and infrastructure should be paid for by the people that use the roads and that is by taxing Gas and licensing fees.
The legislature does not want the heat from the Education lobby so they will not get rid of the 25% diversion of the gas tax and they won’t raise the gas tax because that is not Republican.
So the legislature has come up with this plan to take money from the General Fund for roads and I am opposed to it.
I will be voting NO.
Click HERE to see the results from a poll taken at a Central Texas Republican Assembly meeting recently.
Precinct Chairman, Travis County Precinct 0358