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ElectionCountdown STOCKSJNT staff

Fourteen propositions, two Shepherd school board positions and a bond election for Cleveland ISD are the choices facing voters in San Jacinto County in the Nov. 7 election.

Early voting begins Monday at 8 a.m.

Running for the Shepherd ISD Board of Managers is incumbent President Yvonne Johnson, who is facing a challenge from Mark Barnett; Board Member Richard Irwin is running unopposed.

For the portion of the county within the Cleveland School District, voters will decide if the district will be allowed to issue $125 million in bonds for school facilities, land purchase and vehicles. The measure would mean a tax increase on property.

The amendments on the ballot include:

•Proposition 1: Establishing a right to farming, ranching, timber production, horticulture, and wildlife management on owned or leased personal property.

•Proposition 2: Allowing local governments to exempt childcare facilities from property taxes.

•Proposition 3: Prohibiting the imposition of an individual wealth or net worth tax on individuals or families.

•Proposition 4: Increasing the homestead tax exemption by a school district to $100,000 and increasing state funding for public education.

•Proposition 5: Renaming State University Research Fund from National Research University Fund and establishing an ongoing revenue source from the accrued interest of the Economic Stabilization Fund (the Rainy Day Fund.).

•Proposition 6: Creating the Texas water fund to assist in financing water projects in this state.

•Proposition 7: Creating the Texas Energy Fund to support the construction, maintenance, modernization, and operation of electric generating facilities.

•Proposition 8: Creating the Texas Broadband Infrastructure Fund to expand high-speed broadband access and assist in the financing of connectivity projects.

•Proposition 9: Authorizing the state legislature to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to eligible annuitants of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

•Proposition 10: Authorizing the state legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation tangible personal property manufactured by medical or biomedical companies.

•Proposition 11: 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.

•Proposition 12: Providing for the abolition of the office of county treasurer in Galveston County.

•Proposition 13: Increasing the mandatory retirement age for state judges and justices from 75 to 79 and the minimum retirement age to 75 years, up from 70.

•Proposition 14: Providing for the creation of the centennial parks conservation fund to be used for the creation and improvement of state parks.

Early voting runs from Oct. 23 to Nov. 3 at the Elections Administration building, 51 E. Pine Ave, in Coldspring.

Weekday hours will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 1, and from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 2-3.

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