Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

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October 16, 2013

County prepares for statewide constitutional amendment election

RUSK —  The Cherokee County Commissioners Court has called a special election for Tuesday, Nov. 5, providing area residents the chance to vote on nine proposed constitutional amendments.

In the special notice authorized by Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis, voters also are informed of early voting by personal appearance which can take place each week day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Nov. 1.

In town, early voting takes place at the Jacksonville Public Library, 502 S. Jackson St.. It also will be held at the Cherokee County Election Building in Rusk and the Alto First Baptist Church in Alto, the notice states..

Applications for ballots by mail must be received by the close of business Nov. 5 and submitted to Shannon Cornelius, elections administrator, 138 W. Fifth Street, Rusk, Texas 75785.

A list of voting day voting spots will be published in a future edition of the Jacksonville Daily Progress.

The proposed amendments, according to the office of Texas Secretary Of State John Steen, include:

1. Proposition 1 — (HJR 62) 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 member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action.

2. Proposition 2 — (HJR 79) The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational.

3. Proposition 3 — (HJR 133) The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption."

4. Proposition 4 — (HJR 24) 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.

5. Proposition 5 — (SJR 18) The constitutional amendment to authorize the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan.

6. Proposition 6 —(SJR 1) The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the

availability of adequate water resources.

7. Proposition 7 — (HJR 87) The constitutional amendment authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less.

8. Proposition 8 — (HJR 147 and SJR 54) The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.

9. Proposition 9 — (SJR 42) The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

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