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Some of the more notable items on the Nov. 7 ballot include seven proposed changes to the Texas Constitution, massive bond referendums for the Fort Worth Independent School District and the City of Dallas as well as the future of school bus agency Dallas County Schools.
- Prop 1 -- "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."
- Prop 2 -- "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."
- Prop 3 -- "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."
- Prop 4 -- "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."
- Prop 5 -- "The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles."
- Prop 6 -- "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."
- Prop 7 -- "The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings."
The latest news from around North Texas.
The city of Fairview is asking voters for more than $25 million to build a new municipal government complex.
Voters in Lowry Crossing have two propositions to consider: Prop A would reduce an economic development sales tax from one-half of one percent to one-quarter of a percent if Prop B, to create a municipal development district with a one-half cent sales tax, is approved.
The city of Murphy has placed three propositions on the ballot. Prop A is asking for more than $15 million to make street improvements; Prop B requires $1.7 million for public safety facilities while Prop C would issue $1.3 million in bonds for improvements to existing municipal buildings.
Online: Collin County Sample Ballots
Dallas County voters will decide the future of Dallas County Schools. The bus agency has been at the center of numerous reports by NBC 5 Investigates over safety issues and financial mismanagement for more than a year. A vote of Yes would keep the agency operating as is while a No vote would disband the board and begin the dissolution process. New DCS leaders insist they've fixed old problems and said the school districts they serve would be better off keeping the bus agency running.
In Dallas, city leaders are asking for more than $1 billion in 10 propositions to fund capital improvements for streets, parks and a number of other items. Some Dallas voters are not at all pleased with the way the bond funds will be distributed -- see more on that story here.
- Prop A -- The issuance of $533,981,000 general obligation bonds for street and transportation improvements, the estimated amount of repayment, including principal and interest based on current market conditions being $724,650,750.
- Prop B -- The issuance of $261,807,000 general obligation bonds for parks and recreation facilities and improvements, the estimated amount of repayment, including principal and interest based on current market conditions being $355,610,250.
- Prop C -- The issuance of $50,000,000 general obligation bonds for fair park improvements, the estimated amount of repayment, including principal and interest based on current market conditions being $67,781,500.
- Prop D -- The issuance of $48,750,000 general obligation bonds for flood protection and storm drainage improvements, the estimated amount of repayment, including principal and interest based on current market conditions being $66,088,750.
- Prop E -- The issuance of $15,589,000 general obligation bonds for library facilities and improvements, the estimated amount of repayment, including principal and interest based on current market conditions being $21,124,500.
- Prop F -- The issuance of $14,235,000 general obligation bonds for cultural and performing arts facilities and improvements, the estimated amount of repayment, including principal and interest based on current market conditions being $19,294,500.
- Prop G -- The issuance of $32,081,000 general obligation bonds for public safety facilities and improvements, the estimated amount of repayment, including principal and interest based on current market conditions being $43,491,250.
- Prop H -- The issuance of $18,157,000 general obligation bonds for repairs and improvements to city hall and to various city service and administrative facilities, the estimated amount of repayment, including principal and interest based on current market conditions being $24,608,750.
- Prop I -- The issuance of $55,400,000 general obligation bonds for funding the city’s economic development program, the estimated amount of repayment, including principal and interest based on current market conditions being $75,109,500.
- Prop J -- The issuance of $20,000,000 general obligation bonds for permanent, supportive and transitional housing facilities for the homeless, the estimated amount of repayment, including principal and interest based on current market conditions being $27,115,750.
The city of Cedar Hill is holding special election asking whether the Crime Control and Prevention District, and associated sales tax, should be continued for 15 years. Cedar Hill also has three referendums for improvements to streets, parks and the city's library facilities.
- Prop A -- “The issuance of $10,000,000 General Obligation Bonds for Street Improvements and the Levy of a Tax in Payment thereof.”
- Prop B -- “The issuance of $20,000,000 General Obligation Bonds for Library Facilities and the Levy of a Tax in Payment thereof.”
- Prop C -- "The issuance of $15,000,000 General Obligation Bonds for Parks and Recreation Facilities and the Levy of a Tax in Payment thereof.”
The city of Farmers Branch is asking for a $4 million bond package for street improvements in the city's light rail station.
Lewisville is asking voters to amend the city charter to say that if they annex a geographic area that increases the city's size by eight percent or more, before Jan. 1, 2023, the city will convert to an election system using election districts.
The city of Sachse has two props on the ballot. Prop A wants to raise the tax rate by one-fourth percent for the creation of a municipal development district while Prop B would allow for the sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption.
Online: Dallas County Sample Ballots
The Aubrey ISD is asking voters to approve a $51 million bond election for school renovation and improvements to facilities.
The Denton City Council has called for a Charter Amendment election on Nov. 7 that will propose five charter amendments to residents.
- Prop A -- This proposition seeks to clarify the residency qualifications to be a councilmember.
- Prop B -- This proposition asks if the signature requirement for a recall petition should be increased from 25 percent to 35 percent of the total number of votes.
- Prop C -- This proposition would clarify that the City of Denton shall have a permanent, full-time internal city auditor.
- Prop D -- The current charter has two sections that relate to ethics. If this proposition is approved, both existing sections would be repealed and replaced with an ethics section that would require the City of Denton to adopt an ethics ordinance that adheres with standards set by Texas Local Government Code and prohibiting the use of public office for private gain.
- Prop E -- This proposition would provide a monthly stipend to each member of the City Council. A councilmember would receive $750 per month and the mayor would receive $1,000 per month. The City Council would be able to vote on a maximum increase of 3 percent to the stipend amount each year, unless otherwise approved by a two-thirds vote.
Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 4 Proposition A
Authorization of Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 4 (the “District”) to improve, operate, or maintain any macadamized, graveled, or paved roads in existence within the district on September 1, 2017, or any improvements, including storm drainage, in aid of those roads.
Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 5 Proposition A
Authorization of Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 5 (the “District”) to improve, operate, or maintain any macadamized, graveled, or paved roads in existence within the district on September 1, 2017, or any improvements, including storm drainage, in aid of those roads.
Highland Village is asking for a bond election providing $7.1 million for street and park improvements. The approval of these proposed propositions will not require a tax increase as a reduction in debt service starting in 2017 has provided a window to consider new debt issuance.
- Prop 1 - Street Improvements - $2.86M
- Prop 2 - Parks and Recreation Improvements - 4.29M
The Lewisville City Council wants to amend the city charter through two props. The two propositions on the ballot are:
- Prop A -- Should the charter be amended to provide that if, prior to January 1, 2023, the city makes an annexation that increases the geographic size of the city by at least eight percent, the city will convert to an election system using residential election districts – i.e. candidates will be required to live in a specified district but will continue to be elected by the vote of the entire city.
- Prop B -- Should the charter be amended to provide that city council vacancies for which the unexpired term is twelve months or less shall be filled within thirty days of the occurrence of the vacancy by appointment of a majority vote of the remaining city council members, while vacancies for which the unexpired term is for more than twelve months shall be filled by a majority of the qualified voters in a special election; provided that all vacancies filed by appointment or election shall be for the remainder of the unexpired term of the office so filled.
Little Elm ISD hopes voters approve a $239 million bond package in the form of two propositions.
- Prop A addresses growth and renovations ($158 million), safety and infrastructure updates ($23 million) and extracurricular and career and tech facilities ($53 million).
- Prop B refunds existing debt.
The city of Pilot Point wants to make legal the sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption.
Online: Denton County Sample Ballots
The Aledo ISD will have two bond referendums on the ballot.
- Prop A will ask for $64,190,000 for school construction and renovation, specifically for a new middle school and to renovate an existing intermediate school as an elementary school.
- Prop B, worth $8,760,000, would be used for the district's vocational agriculture and shop classroom building and barn.
Bedford voters will decide on Prop A, whether or not to issue $70 million in general obligation bonds for park and recreation facilities improvements including a ball field, aquatic center and multi-purpose event facilities improvements.
Voters in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD will vote on $525 million in bonds for "school facilities."
The city of Euless is asking voters to vote on whether or not to allow the legal sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption.
In Fort Worth, voters will decide on a $750 million bond package to support the district's focus on early literacy, middle years math and college and career preparedness. The district said 60 percent of existing buildings were built before 1960 and that the old buildings need big improvements.
- Prop A would approve an ad valorem tax rate of $1.3520 per $100 valuation -- a rate that is $.02 higher than the rollback tax rate, for maintenance and operations.
- Prop B is the $750 million bond package "for the construction, renovation, acquisition and equipment of school buildings and facilities and the purchase of the necessary sites for school buildings and facilities, including, but not limited to, a new relief elementary school, a new Leadership Academy, the relocation of an existing school facility, classroom additions, renovations to existing high schools, capital improvements, athletics and fine arts improvements, and technology improvements, and levying the tax in payment thereof."
Grapevine is putting three bond elections on the November ballot.
- Prop A would provide $3.9 million in general obligation bonds to renovate the existing animal shelter.
- Prop B would provide $16 million to upgrade and rebuild firestations No. 2 and No. 3.
- Prop C would provide $4.8 million for a multi-use facility and clubhouse at the Grapevine Municipal Golf Course.
Lake Worth is asking voters to abolish two sales and use taxes, one for one-half percent for economic development and another for one-quarter of a percent for street repair and to approve a sales and use tax increase from one percent to one and three-fourths of a percent.
Richland Hills is asking voters to approve a plan to pay police officers and firefighters no less than the average of all salary and benefits paid to equivalent positions in Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, Hurst and Haltom City.
White Settlement voters will decide whether incumbent Mayor Ronald A. White will get another term or if challenger Jerry R. Burns will be the next to lead the city. White Settlement is also looking to fill Steve Ott's Place 5 seat with either Gregg Geesa or Dusty Pulliam.
Online: Tarrant County Sample Ballots