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Amendments and propositions fill Nov. 5 ballot

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TEXAS–With the Nov. 5 election right around the corner, here is some helpful information to help you with your decisions.
Constitutional Amendments
• Proposition 1 (HJR 72) The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.
• Proposition 2 (SJR 79) The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.
• Proposition 3 (HJR 34) The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.
• Proposition 4 (HJR 38) The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.
• Proposition 5 (SJR 24) The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water quality and history by acquiring, managing and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes.
• Proposition 6 (HJR 12) The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
• Proposition 7 (HJR 151) the constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.
• Proposition 8 (HJR 4) The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation and flood control projects.
• Proposition 9 (HJR 95) The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.
• Proposition 10 (SJR 32) The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.Kaufman County
• Proposition A: includes a $104.1 million in road and transportation improvements. Half will be used for the county roads and half for the state roads.
• Proposition B: proposes $50 million in bonds for justice center to provide safer and more efficient use of space as well as improvements or new facilities to sub-courthouses in Forney, Kemp and Terrell. The county is in discussions with Forney ISD to build a law enforcement facility adjacent to  North Forney High School. This facility will provide a sheriff’s office presence in the northern part of the county as well as educational opportunities for FISD.
• Kaufman County Fresh Water Service District is having an election to increase in the maximum ad valorem tax rate.
City of Tool
• Ordinance 2019-04: for the purpose of submitting to the qualified voters of the city a proposition relating to the authorization and implementation of a local sales and use tax in the city of tool at the rate of one percent to provide revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets; designating one election precinct within the city; designating one polling place; providing for the appointment of a presiding election judge and alternate presiding election judge; establishing other procedures for conducting the election and provident an effective date.

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