Val Verde County voters will join voters across Texas Nov. 5 to decide on 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.
The Nov. 5 ballot will also include the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District bond election in those county voting precincts that fall inside the school district’s boundaries.
Resolutions proposing the 10 amendments to the Texas Constitution were approved by a two-thirds vote of the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature after it convened in January, Val Verde County Clerk Generosa “Janie” Gracia-Ramon said.
The propositions deal with issues from disaster relief, personal income tax, taxing sporting goods for park improvements, flood control and law enforcement animals.
The 10 propositions, in the order in which they will appear on the ballot, are as follows:
“State of Texas Proposition 1
‘The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.’
State of Texas Proposition 2
‘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 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.’
State of Texas Proposition 3
‘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.’
State of Texas Proposition 4
‘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.’
State of Texas Proposition 5
‘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.’
State of Texas Proposition 6
‘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.’
State of Texas Proposition 7
‘The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.’
State of Texas Proposition 8
‘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.’
State of Texas Proposition 9
‘The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.’
State of Texas Proposition 10
‘The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.’”
Early voting by personal appearance for the constitutional amendments and San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District bond election will begin on Monday, Oct. 21.
Ramon said the dates and times for early voting by personal appearance will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, through Friday, Oct. 25.
Early voting continues from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, through Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Early voting will also be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.
For early voting by personal appearance, voters may cast their ballot at any of the following locations during the hours of early voting: Val Verde County Courthouse, 400 Pecan St.; Buena Vista Elementary School Planning Room, 100 Echo Valley Drive; Lamar Elementary School Library, 301 Waters Ave.
Applications for ballots by mail must be mailed to the following address: Generosa Gracia-Ramon/PO Box 1267/Del Rio, Texas 78841-1267/Val Verde County Clerk and must be received no later than the close of business of Friday, Oct. 25.
On Election Day, voters must vote in their precinct where they are registered to vote.
Voters in county voting precincts 10, 11, 12 and 13 will vote at the old county court-at-law courtroom, 207 E. Losoya St.
Voters in county voting precincts 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 will vote at the Del Rio Civic Center, 1915 Veterans Blvd.
Voters in county voting precincts 30, 31, 32 and 33 will vote in the 4-H Barns at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds, 2006 N. Main St.
Voters in county voting precincts 40, 41, 42 and 43 will vote in the St. Joseph’s Church Parish Hall, 510 Wernett St.
Voters in any precinct may also vote at the following branch locations on Election Day: Buena Vista Elementary School Planning Room, 100 Echo Valley Drive; and Lamar Elementary School Library, 301 Waters Ave.
Ramon said all voters in Val Verde County will cast ballots in the constitutional amendment election. The only county voting precincts who will not vote in the school bond election are voters in county voting precincts 32, 42 and 43.