A very light voter turnout was experienced throughout the state and in Young County during early voting and on Tuesday, Nov. 5, as nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution were approved.
Across the state, only about 8 percent of the 13,445,285 registered voters cast ballots. That trend was reflected in Young County, as only about 400 cast early votes and an average of 800 voted on the proposed amendments on election day.
The amendments include:
• No. 1 – 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 U.S. who is killed in action.
• No. 2 – Eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational.
• No. 3 – Authorizing a political subdivision of the state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in the state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption.
• No. 4 – 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.
• No. 5 – Authorizing the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchaser of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan.
• No. 6 – 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.
• No. 7 – 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.
• No. 8 – Repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.
• No. 9 – 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.