Preparing for voters

An election team at the Jacksonville Public Library polling site prepare for voters to cast ballots for the state proposition election Tuesday. From left are Charlie Esco (election judge), Midge Going (election clerk) and Thomas Holguin (presiding election judge).

On Tuesday, Texas residents had the opportunity to vote on 10 state propositions to the Texas Constitution, and all but one – Proposition 1 – was passed, according to officials.

Proposition 1, permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time, received 2,370 votes against and 1,403 votes for in Cherokee County, according to unofficial results posted online by the Cherokee County Election Department. Statewide, it failed 65 percent to 35 percent.

The proposition receiving the most attention was Proposition 4 pertaining to a state income tax. The proposition was to prohibit the tax, and it was approved statewide, 76 percent to 24 percent.

Cherokee County voters approved it 3,311 to 485 votes.

The proposition’s passing would make it even harder for the State of Texas to impose or collect an individual income tax.

Also passed was Proposition 5, dedicating revenue from the sales tax on sporting goods to parks, wildlife and historical agenices. In Cherokee County, it passed 3,372 votes to 420.

Statewide it passed 88 percent to 12 percent.

Other state propositions included in Tuesday's election were:

Proposition 2, allowing the Texas Water Development Board to issue up to $200 million in bonds was approved in Cherokee County with 2,344 votes for and 1,398 against. Statewide, it received 64 percent for and 36 percent against.

Proposition 3, 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, was passed in Cherokee County 3,269 to 496 votes.

Statewide it was approved 85 percent to 15 percent.

Proposition 6 authorized the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

Cherokee County residents voted to approve it, 2,331 to 1,395. Statewide, it passed 63 percent to 37 percent.

Proposition 7, allows the General Land Office, the State Board of Education and other entities to double the amount of revenue they can provide the Available School Fund each year. In Cherokee County, it passed 2,701 votes to 1,032.

Statewide, it was approved 73 percent to 27 percent.

Proposition 8, providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation and flood control projects, received 2,651 votes for and 1,085 votes against in Cherokee County.

Statewide, it passed 77 percent to 23 percent.

Proposition 9, authorizes the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.

Cherokee County residents cast 2,211 votes for and 1,445 against, and it passed statewide (with 97 percent of precincts reporting), 52 percent to 48 percent.

Proposition 10, allowing the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances, was approved with 3,537 Cherokee County residents voting in favor of it and 241 voting against.

Statewide, it passed 94 percent to six percent.

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