Voters will cast ballots Tuesday
As of Monday, Oct. 31, early voting in the Nov. 8 constitutional amendments election had totaled 45, a number election judge Joe Bomarito called respectable.
However, “If we see 150 early voters, I’ll be surprised,” Bomarito said. The Nueces County Clerk’s Election Division said 3,048 voters are registered in Precinct 19, which includes Port Aransas.
In 2003, the most recent constitutional amendment election, 466 voted in the precinct, election records show.
Early voting ends tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 4. Polls are open today, Thursday, Nov. 3, until 7 p.m. and will be open Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Both early and Election Day voting are at the Port Aransas Community Center, 408 N. Alister St.
The amendments up for approval, as listed by the nonpartisan Texas Legislative Council, are:
• 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 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.
• 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.
• Providing for the issuance of general obligation bonds of the state to finance educational loans to students.
• 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.
• 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
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Authorizing the governor to grant a pardon to a person who successfully completes a term of deferred adjudication community supervision.
• Changing 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.
The Texas Legislative Council’s analysis of the proposals is at www.tlc.state. tx.us/const_ amends.htm.