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BSISD bond issue passes by slim margin

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election graphicBy Emily Banks Wooten
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Of the 42,669 registered voters in Polk County, only 4,944, or roughly 12%, voted in Tuesday’s election.

Locally, residents of the Big Sandy Independent School District in Dallardsville were voting on the issuance of $13,000,000 of bonds for the improvement of bus and car routes, the addition of sidewalks, awnings and parking and the addition of extracurricular facilities, specifically baseball and softball fields and a track. The BSISD bond issue election passed with a vote of 171 for and 165 against.

Statewide, voters had the opportunity to vote on 14 proposed amendments to the state constitution. Statewide results were not known at press time, but the local results are listed below:

Statewide, Texans had the opportunity to vote on 14 proposed amendments to the state constitution. Statewide results were not known at press time, but the local results are listed below:

Proposition 1 – HJR 126 “The constitutional amendment protecting the right to engage in farming, ranching, timber production, horticulture and wildlife management.”

FOR… 4,435

AGAINST………461

Proposition 2 – SJR 64 “The constitutional amendment authorizing a local option exemption from ad valorem taxation by a county or municipality of all or part of the appraised value of real property used to operate a child-care facility.”

FOR……2,977

AGAINST……1,797

Proposition 3 – HJR 132 “The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual wealth or net worth tax, including a tax on the difference between the assets and liabilities of an individual or family.”

FOR……….3,709

AGAINST……1,068

Proposition 4 – HJR 2 from the second special session “The constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to establish a temporary limit on the maximum appraised value of real property other than a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes; to increase the amount of the exemption from ad valorem taxation by a school district applicable to residence homesteads from $40,000 to $100,000; to adjust the amount of the limitation on school district ad valorem taxes imposed on the residence homesteads of the elderly or disabled to reflect increases in certain exemption amounts; to except certain appropriations to pay for ad valorem tax relief from the constitutional limitation on the rate of growth of appropriations; and to authorize the legislature to provide for a four-year term of office for a member of the board of directors of certain appraisal districts.”

FOR…….4,280

AGAINST……578

Proposition 5 – HJR 3 “The constitutional amendment relating to the Texas University Fund, which provides funding to certain institutions of higher education to achieve national prominence as major research universities and drive the state economy.”

FOR……2,716

AGAINST…2,032

Proposition 6 – SJR 75 “The constitutional amendment creating the Texas water fund to assist in financing water projects in this state.”

FOR……3,582

AGAINST………1,190

Proposition 7 – SJR 93 “The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the Texas energy fund to support the construction, maintenance, modernization and operation of electric generating facilities.”

FOR…………3,283

AGAINST………….1,463

Proposition 8 – HJR 125 “The constitutional amendment creating the broadband infrastructure fund to expand high-speed broadband access and assist in the financing of connectivity projects.”

FOR………3,230

AGAINST……1,507

Proposition 9 – HJR 2, regular session “The constitutional amendment authorizing the 88th Legislature to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to certain annuitants of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.”

FOR………3,994

AGAINST………872

Proposition 10 – SJR 87 “The constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation equipment or inventory held by a manufacturer of medical or biomedical products to protect the Texas healthcare network and strengthen our medical supply chain.”

FOR………2,884

AGAINST…………1,831

Proposition 11 – SJR 32 “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supported by ad valorem taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities.”

FOR………………2,608

AGAINST…………1,907

Proposition 12 – HJR 134 “The constitutional amendment providing for the abolition of the office of county treasurer in Galveston County.”

FOR………………2,157

AGAINST………2,130

Proposition 13 – HJR 107 “The constitutional amendment to increase the mandatory age of retirement for state justices and judges.”

FOR………………1,814

AGAINST……2,892

Proposition 14 – SJR 74 “The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the centennial parks conservation fund to be used for the creation and improvement of state parks.”

FOR………3,506

AGAINST………1,226

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Barbara Butler · 3 months ago
    To bad more registered voters didn't vote. These are all important propositions. Don't be critical of how things turned out if you didn't vote.