Texas voters approve state constitutional amendments

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Updated 11:30 a.m.

Texas voters approved each of the seven amendments to the Texas State Constitution Nov. 3. The amendments increase the amount homeowners can save on property taxes, dedicated millions in funds to Texas roads and permitted sports teams charitable foundations to conduct raffles.

Proposition 1 was supported by 86.4 percent of the vote, or 1,367,367 votes.

Proposition 2 was supported by 91.4 percent of the vote, or 1,431,442 votes.

Proposition 3 was supported by 66.1 percent of the vote, or 1,019,826 votes.

Proposition 4 was supported by 69.4 percent of the vote, or 1,072,905 votes.

Proposition 5 was supported by 82.8 percent of the vote, or 1,276,900 votes.

Proposition 6 was supported by 81 percent of the vote, or 1,258,472 votes.

Proposition 7 was supported by 83.2 percent of the vote, or 1,293,064 votes.

Posted 8:30 p.m.

According to unofficial results, voters supported each of the amendments to the Texas State Constitution Nov. 3 that would shift millions of funds to Texas roads, grant certain elected officials the chance to live outside of the state capitol and increase the amount homeowners can save on property taxes.

Texas voters looked to give a nod of approval to the constitutional amendments with seven proposed propositions, all of which were crafted through joint resolutions during the last legislative session.

Official election day results have not been released yet.

Proposition 1 – Increasing the homestead property tax exemption

The Texas Constitution requires school districts exempt $15,000 of the value of a residence from being taxed, and the first proposition would increase that exemption to $25,000. The taxable value of homes owned by the elderly or disabled would also be reduced.

With 62 percent of state precincts reporting, the proposition was supported by 86.78 percent of the votes, or 1,061,841 votes.

Proposition 2 – Property tax exemption for surviving spouses of certain disabled veterans

Voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2011 that allowed the surviving spouses of 100 percent totally disabled veterans an exemption on property taxes, as long as the surviving spouse had not remarried. That amendment did not apply to surviving spouses of veterans who died before 2011, which Proposition Two seeks to change.

With 62 percent of state precincts reporting, the proposition was supported by 91.6 percent of the votes, or 1,107,649 votes.

Proposition 3 – Repealing requirement that statewide elective officials live in Austin

The third proposition would repeal a constitutional amendment that has been in place since 1876 that requires statewide elected officials reside in Austin during their terms of office.

With 62 percent of state precincts reporting, the proposition was supported by 66.5 percent of the votes, or 792,659 votes.

Proposition 4 – Allowing professional sports team foundations to conduct charitable raffles

The fourth proposition would let legislators enact laws allowing professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles. Proposition 4 and its enabling legislation, HB 975, would allow 50/50 raffles at professional sports games, where 50 percent of ticket sales are awarded in cash prizes and the other half goes to charity.

With 62 percent of state precincts reporting, the proposition was supported by 69.4 percent of the votes, or 828,155 votes.

Proposition 5 – Raising the population cap for counties that may build private roads

Proposition 5 would increase the maximum population threshold of a county that is allowed to construct and maintain private roads from 5,000 to 7,500.

With 62 percent of state precincts reporting, the proposition was supported by 82.9 percent of the votes, or 987,230 votes.

Proposition 6 – Establishing the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife

Proposition 6 would amend the Bill of Rights to establish the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in Texas, including by the use of traditional methods. The proposed amendment would establish hunting and fishing as the preferred method of managing and controlling wildlife in Texas.

With 62 percent of state precincts reporting, the proposition was supported by 81.7 percent of the votes, or 979,482 votes.

Proposition 7 – Dedicating a portion of sales tax revenue to the state highway fund

Proposition 7 proposes a constitutional amendment that would dedicate $2.5 billion of the states sales and use tax that exceeds the first $28 billion of taxes collected, and 35 percent of the state motor vehicles sales, use and rental tax revenue that exceeds the first $5 billion of taxes collected, to the State Highway fund. These funds would be deposited to the General Revenue Fund, which can be used to construct, maintain, or acquire rights-of way for public roads other than toll roads, or to repay transportation-related debts.

During early voting, the proposition was supported by 83.6 percent of the votes, or 1,003,464 votes.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

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Caitlin covers Cedar Park and Leander city councils and reports on education, transportation, government and business news. She is an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, Caitlin produced a large-scale investigative project with The Dallas Morning News and led education coverage in the Brazos Valley at The Bryan-College Station Eagle. After interning with Community Impact Newspaper for two summers, she joined the staff as a reporter in 2015.
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