Austin County commissioners on Monday reviewed plans for an election Nov. 7 that will decide seven statewide propositions.
Early voting began this week and runs through Nov. 3. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during early voting and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.
The following items appear on the ballot, each of which allows voters to decide for or against:
State of Texas Proposition 1 – “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 for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution.”
This basically provides a tax break for disabled vets or their spouses if they made a contribution for a home donated to them.
State of Texas Proposition 2 – “The constitutional amendment to establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing of home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.”
If approved, this would lower the home equity loan cap from 3 to 2 percent and would allow equity loans to be refinanced.
State of Texas Proposition 3 – “The constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate after the expiration of the person’s term of office.”
This places a term limit on those appointed to office by the governor.
State of Texas Proposition 4 – “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.”
If approved, the state attorney general can defend a law that’s challenged as being unconstitutional under certain circumstances.
State of Texas Proposition 5 – “The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.”
This allows pro sports teams such as the Women’s National Basketball Association to hold raffles.
State of Texas Proposition 6 – “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation or all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”
This proposition allows the spouse of a first responder killed in the line of duty to be eligible for a property tax exemption.
State of Texas Proposition 7 – “The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.”
If approved, credit unions can hold promotional activities encouraging people to save money.