Constitutional election approves most
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Voters were asked about 10 propositions to
add to the state constitution.
Voters in Henderson and Kaufman counties agreed with voters
statewide on the passage of three amendments – propositions
1, 9 and 10.
Prop. 1 authorizes the legislature to provide the surviving
spouse of a totally disabled veteran with an exemption form
ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of
the surviving spouse’s residence homestead as long as the
surviving spouse has not remarried, the property was the
residence homestead of the surviving spouse when the
qualifying veteran died and the property remains the
surviving spouse’s residence.
Prop. 9 authorizes the governor to grant a pardon, reprieve
or commutation of sentence to a person who successfully
completes a term of deferred adjudication community
Prop. 10 extends the length of the unexpired term that
causes the automatic resignation of certain local elected
officeholders if they announce candidacy or become
candidates for another office from one year to one year and
Statewide, voters also approved the passage of:
• Prop. 2 – Texas Water Development Board to issue
additional bonds not to exceed $6 billion.
• Prop. 3 – Issue bonds to finance education loans for
• Prop. 5 – Allows cities and counties to enter into
interlocal contracts without having to assess an ad valorem
tax and set aside funds for the payment of costs under the
• Prop. 6 – General Land office to distribute revenue for
• Prop. 8 – Appraisal for ad valorem tax of land devoted to
water stewardship on the basis of its productive capacity.
Voters statewide rejected two propositions:
• Prop. 4 – permits a county to issue bonds to finance the
development of unproductive, underdeveloped or blighted
areas within the county and to pledge increases in ad
valorem tax revenues in said area for repayment of such
• Prop. 7 – adds El Paso County to the list of counties
authorized to create conservation and reclamation districts
for parks and recreational facilities financed by taxes.
Voters in Henderson County voted for propositions 1, 5, 9
Voters in Kaufman County approved propositions 1, 2, 3, 5,
6, 9 and 10.
The voters of Gun Barrel City showed their support of
businesses serving food and alcohol later on weekends and
holidays by upholding a city ordinance approved by the city
council in June extending alcoholic beverage service until 2
Votes for the repeal of said ordinance fell short by nearly
a 2-1 ratio, as only 262 total votes were cast for the
repeal while 477 voted against the action.
Local needy residents to receive free home
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–As many as 70 local residents will benefit from a
work project involving 400 adult and teenage volunteers at
the Mabank WorkCamp, coming to the area June 17-23, 2012.
Applications are now being accepted at the First United
Methodist Church (FUMC) for elderly, handicapped and
lower-income residents of the lake area to receive free home
Group Cares is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian
volunteer home-repair organization headquartered in
This coming summer, an anticipated 25,000 young people and
adults will participate in 48 different WorkCamps in
communities across the United States and Canada.
At each WorkCamp, teenagers and adults, all members of
church youth groups, volunteer a week of their time to
repair homes throughout the community.
Locally, this will represent about 12,000 hours of volunteer
labor, with a total economic impact to our community of more
“These really are remarkable young people,” Group Cares
director of group mission Jeff Thompson states. “Each one is
actually paying for the privilege of working in your
community. WorkCamp registration fees are used to cover the
costs for food, lodging, programming, insurance and building
The WorkCamp will be housed at Mabank Senior High School,
with WorkCampers sleeping on classroom floors, showering in
the locker rooms, eating in the cafeteria and enjoying
evening programs in the gym. Group Cares will reimburse all
costs to the lodging facility.
FUMC, Mabank, is the local cosponsor of this event and will
be directly responsible for the work site selections and the
acquisition of materials. In addition, volunteers from the
church have already met with Mabank Independent School
District administrators and staff to detail their
involvement as the local lodging facility.
The idea behind these WorkCamps started in Colorado in 1977,
when residents suffered from the Big Thompson River flood in
which hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed and more
than 140 people lost their lives.
The following summer, church youth groups of many different
denominations came from across the country to offer their
In 1978, the program went nationwide to include other
disadvantaged areas throughout the country.
The 2012 WorkCamps will take place in many different states,
including but not limited to Alabama, West Virginia,
Montana, North Carolina, new Jersey, Pennsylvania, Utah,
Illinois, New York, Tennessee, and Minnesota.
The Mabank location is the only site offered in Texas during
Repairs offered through WorkCamps include interior and
exterior painting, weatherization, porch and wheelchair ramp
construction, mobile home skirting and other residential
Residents interested in applying to receive such assistance
may contact Allison Partridge at the Mabank FUMC at (903)
Applications will be accepted through Dec. 30.
Bereavement luncheon set Dec. 6
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Hospice chaplain
Clayton McCord will speak on the “Holiday Bill of Rights” at
the bereavement luncheon hosted by the VNA at 1 p.m. Tuesday
The luncheon is free of charge and will be held in the
community room of the Kaufman County Library.
VNA’s bereavement luncheons offer support and encouragement
from friendly and understanding people to individuals who
have suffered the loss of a loved one.
The Kaufman County Library is located at 3790 S. Houston St.
For more information call Clayton McCord at (972) 962-7500
or 1-(800) 345-0576.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call
(903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
information visit our website at