November Election: West U Residents Can Vote on Constitutional Amendments

October 31, 2011

The City of West U is not holding a general election this November, but West U residents, along with the rest of the state, can vote on 10 proposed constitutional amendments.

The constitutional amendments on the Nov. 8 ballot include:

Proposition 1: 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 or a 100 percent of totally disabled veteran.

Proposition 2: The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $6 billion at any time outstanding.

Proposition 3: The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of general obligation bonds of the State of Texas to finance educational loans to students.

Proposition 4: The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit a county to issue bonds or notes to finance the development or redevelopment of an unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted area and to pledge for repayment of the bonds or notes increases in ad valorem taxes imposed by the county on property in the area. The amendment does not provide authority for increasing ad valorem tax rates.

Proposition 5: The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to allow cities or counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities or counties without the imposition of a tax or the provision of a sinking fund.

Proposition 6: The constitutional amendment clarifying references to the permanent school fund, allowing the General Land Office to distribute revenue from permanent school fund land or other properties to the available school fund to provide additional funding for public education, and providing for an increase in the market value of the permanent school fund for the purpose of allowing increased distributions from the available school fund.

Proposition 7: 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.

Proposition 8: The constitutional amendment providing for the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of open-space land devoted to water-stewardship purposes on the basis of its productive capacity.

Proposition 9: The constitutional amendment authorizing the governor to grant a pardon to a person who successfully completes a term of deferred adjudication community supervision.

Proposition 10: The constitutional amendment to change the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of certain elected county or district officeholders if they become candidates for another office.

Early voting is underway and will continue through Nov. 4.

Residents can vote in person at the Harris County Clerk’s Office, Election Department, Harris County Administration Building, 1001 Preston, or any of the other 36 early voting polling locations designated by Harris County.

Polls will be open in West U on Election Day, Nov. 8, at the following locations:

Precinct Number 15 – St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 5308 Buffalo Speedway

Precinct Number 133 – Recreation Center, 4210 Bellaire

Precinct Number 183 – Community Building, 6104 Auden

Precinct Number 87 will be set up at West University Elementary, 3756 University Blvd. The Scout House will be closed for renovations.

Details about early voting, voting by mail, and voting on Election Day are available at www.HarrisVotes.org, or by calling Harris County Clerk at 713-755-6965.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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