Prop. 6 would create funding for water projects; early voting begins Monday

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Early voting in the Nov. 5 constitutional amendment election begins Monday, Oct. 21, and continues through Friday, Nov. 1, at the Clay County Courthouse Annex, located at 214 N. Main St., in Henrietta.

Clay County’s 16 voting precincts will be consolidated to six polling places on election day due to historically low voter turnout in constitutional amendment elections.

The election marks the first in which voter ID laws are in effect. Voters must provide picture identification, such as a driver’s license, state issued ID card or military ID before casting a ballot. The Department of Public Safety will be on hand during the first week of early voting to provide Electronic Identification Certificates to voters who do not bring picture ID. See related story.

The future of Texas’ water resources is one of the more well known issues addressed by lawmakers in the creation of Senate Joint Resolution 1. Proposition 6 would allow for $2 billion in appropriations for the Texas Water Development Board to assist in financing water supply projects.

Propositions which voters will decide are as follows:

Proposition 1 (HJR 62) — 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 member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action.

Proposition 2 (HJR 79) — The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational.

Proposition 3 (HJR 133) — The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption.”

Proposition 4 (HJR 24) — 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.

Proposition 5 (SJR 18) — The constitutional amendment to authorize the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan.

Proposition 6 (SJR 1) — The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources.

Proposition 7 (HJR 87) — The constitutional amendment authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less.

Proposition 8 (HJR 147 and SJR 54) — The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.

Proposition 9 (SJR 42) — The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

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