San Marcos residents are being asked to vote on City Council candidates, constitutional amendments and city charter amendments on Nov. 7. Here's what will be on the ballot:


Constitutional amendments

Proposition 1


House Joint Resolution 21
The ballot reads: “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.”


What it means: This amendment would provide property tax exemptions on homes that were donated to partially disabled veterans—or their surviving spouses—for less than their market values. Currently the Texas Constitution already authorizes property tax exemptions for homes that were donated to partially disabled veterans at no cost to the recipients.



Proposition 2


Senate Joint Resolution 60
The ballot reads: “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.”


What it means: This amendment would lower the cap on fees charged to borrowers when establishing a home equity loan from 3 percent to 2 percent of the principal of the loan. It would also allow home equity loans to be refinanced as non-home equity loans and would expand the list of entities that may administer home equity loans to include savings banks, credit unions, subsidiaries of banks, and savings and loan associations.



Proposition 3


SJR 34
The ballot reads: “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.”


What it means: Currently, according to the Texas Constitution, unsalaried officials on state boards and commissions must continue to perform their offices’ duties after their terms have expired until successors are ready. This amendment would relieve officials of their positions at the end of the next regular legislative session if a replacement is not prepared beforehand.



Proposition 4


SJR 6
The ballot reads: “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.”


What it means: This amendment would require courts to notify the attorney general of any constitutional challenges to state laws. It also establishes a 45-day period after notifying the attorney general, during which the court cannot judge the contested statute as unconstitutional.



Proposition 5


HJR 100
The ballot reads: “The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.”


What it means: This amendment would expand the number of professional sports team-based foundations able to hold charitable raffles. The list of eligible foundations would now include teams from the Women’s National Basketball Association, Minor League Baseball and United Soccer League.



Proposition 6


SJR 1
The ballot reads: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of 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.”


What it means: This amendment would give partial or total property tax exemptions to the surviving spouse of a first responder who was killed in the line of duty. Currently, the Texas Constitution provides a property tax exemption for the surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. armed forces who was killed in action but not for law-enforcement officials, firefighters, emergency services personnel or other first responders.



Proposition 7


HJR 37
The ballot reads: “The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.”


What it means: This amendment would allow credit unions, banks and other financial institutions to conduct promotional activities—such as raffles—to encourage savings.







City charter amendments
CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION A
The amendment of Sections 1.01 and 1.02 to replace references to "municipal government" with the term "city government."

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION B
The amendment of Section 1.03 of the City Charter (Statement of Goals) to add the following as goals of the city government: to promote high quality affordable housing; and to conserve and protect the San Marcos River, its springs, aquifer, and tributaries.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION C
The amendment of Section 3.02 of the City Charter (Qualifications of Council Members) to allow the address shown on a current Texas identification card to be used, in addition to a current Texas driver's license, to prove the person's principal physical residence is in the city.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION D
The amendment of Section 3.05 of the City Charter to change all references to "mayor pro tempore" to "mayor pro tem" and to require the appointment of a deputy mayor pro tem after each regular election of council members.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION E
The amendment of Section 3.09 of the City Charter (Meetings of the City Council) to require the council to hold twenty-two regular meetings at a minimum each year instead of requiring the council to hold two regular meetings each month.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION F
The amendment of Sections 3.09 and 6.02 of the City Charter to replace all references to the "city secretary" with the term "city clerk."

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION G
The amendment of Section 3.11 of the City Charter (Passage of Ordinances) to require the city attorney to approve the legality of ordinances or file written objections prior to consideration by the city council instead of after adoption.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION H
The amendment of Section 4.01 of the City Charter (City Manager) to require a vote of at least five members of the city council, instead of four, to remove the city manager.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION I
The amendment of Section 4.02 of the City Charter (City Clerk) to allow the city clerk to authenticate ordinances and resolutions by electronic signature.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION J
The amendment to add a new section 4.07(Publication of Salaries) to require the salary range of each city position to be published on the city's website.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION K
The amendment of Section 5.03 of the City Charter (Filing For Office) to require all candidates to sign the code of fair campaign practices in the Texas Election Code and require campaign contribution reports to be legible.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION L
The amendment of Section 5.04 of the City Charter (The Official Ballot) to reword the first sentence thereof to read as follows: "The names of all candidates for office, except such as may have withdrawn, died, or become ineligible, shall be included on the official ballots without party designation."

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION M
The amendment of Section 7.01 of the City Charter (Planning and Zoning Commission) to eliminate real property ownership as a requirement for appointment or continued service on the commission; increase the residency requirement for appointment from three years to five years; and delete obsolete references to a commission member residing in the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION N
The amendment of Section 7.02 of the City Charter (Powers and Duties of the Planning and Zoning Commission) to add a provision that requires the planning and zoning staff to consult with the city attorney and follow all city ordinances, rules, and regulations before making any recommendations to the commission; and requires the commission to follow all city ordinances, rules, and regulations before making any recommendations to the city council.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION O
The amendment of Section 7.02 of the City Charter (Powers of the Planning and Zoning Commission) to clarify that a vote of at least six members of the city council (currently stated as"a three-fourths vote of the council") is required to reverse the denial of a conditional use permit by the commission and require appeals to the council on conditional use permit applications to be based on Texas and federal laws, city ordinances, and regulations.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION P
The amendment of Section 8.02 of the City Charter (Preparation and Submission of Budget) and Section 8.05 (Budget a Public Record) to require the city council to take the following actions each year in the preparation of the city budget: conduct a visioning session by January 31st; conduct a budget policy workshop by February 27th; formulate a budget policy statement by March 31st; make copies of the proposed budget available at the San Marcos Public Library, at City Hall, and on the city's website; and publish the adopted budget and all supporting schedules on the city's website.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION Q
The amendment of Section 11.04 of the City Charter (Ordinance Granting Franchise) to make the city's current practice of making the full text of an ordinance granting a public utility franchise available at the San Marcos Public Library, at City Hall, and on the city's website a charter requirement.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION R
The amendment of Section 12.02(a)(2) of the City Charter (Personal Interest and Code of Ethics) to add a provision to require updating of annual financial disclosure statements filed by city council members and members of boards and commissions within thirty days of any significant changes that would, if not disclosed, render the statement misleading or incomplete.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION S
The amendment of Section 12.02(a)(3) of the City Charter (Personal Interest and Code of Ethics) to prohibit members of the city council and city employees from purchasing land, materials, supplies or services from the city with the exception of purchases made available to all members of the public.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION T
The amendment adding a new subsection 12.02(4) to the City Charter to prohibit former council members from having any financial interest in the sale to the city of any land or interest in land or in a contract for consulting, development, or construction services for a period of two years after leaving office. Allowing the council or city manager to void contracts entered into in violation of this provision. Providing an exception for the city's acquisition of land or an interest in land from a former council member under the threat of eminent domain proceedings.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION U
The amendment of Section 12.02, Subsection (c) of the City Charter (Duties of the Ethics Review Commission) to add a new provision that gives the Commission the authority to conduct hearings and make recommendations regarding alleged violations of the city charter.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION V
The amendment to Section 12.03 of the City Charter (Nepotism) to reword the section caption to include both nepotism and conflict of interest; prohibit the employment or appointment of a business partner or person related within the second degree by affinity or within the third degree by consanguinity to the mayor, a council member, the city manager, city clerk, city attorney or presiding judge of the city to any office, position, board, or commission of the city; and provide an exemption for persons who have been continuously serving in their office or position for at least six months prior to the election or appointment of the related public official.

CITY OF SAN MARCOS PROPOSITION W
Amending the City Charter to correct grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors





City Council candidates
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