David Ball – For The Record

The people have spoken on the 2015 Texas Constitutional Amendments Election held on November 3.

The amendments were as follows:

Proposition 1 – SJR 1

“The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $15,000 to $25,000, providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, authorizing the legislature to prohibit a political subdivision that has adopted an optional residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation from reducing the amount of or repealing the exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property.”

Proposition 2 – HJR 75

“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 100 percent or totally disabled veteran who died before the law authorizing a residence homestead exemption for such a veteran took effect.”

Proposition 3 – SJR 52

“The constitutional amendment repealing the requirement that state officers elected by voters statewide reside in the state capital.”

Proposition 4 – HJR 73

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.”

Proposition 5 – SJR 17

“The constitutional amendment to authorize counties with a population of 7,500 or less to perform private road construction and maintenance.”

Proposition 6 – SJR 22

“The constitutional amendment recognizing the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife subject to laws that promote wildlife conservation.”

Proposition 7 – SJR 5

“The constitutional amendment dedicating certain sales and use tax revenue and motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for nontolled roads and the reduction of certain transportation-related debt.”

Orange County voting results were:

Proposition 1

For 3,453 or 90.70 percent

Against  354 or 9.30 percent

Proposition 2

For 3,572 or 94.10 percent

Against  224 or 5.90 percent

Proposition 3

For 2,532 or 67.77 percent

Against 1,204 or 32.23 percent

Proposition 4

For  2,562 or 68.63 percent

Against 1,171 or 31.37 percent

Proposition 5

For  2,945 or 78.47 percent

Against  808 or 21.53 percent

Proposition 6

For  3,367 or 89.60 percent

Against  391 or 10.40 percent

Proposition 7

For  3,125 or 82.83 percent

Against  648 or 17.17 percent