Travis County, Texas November 3, 2015 Joint, General, and Special Elections Voter Guide

The following text of these ballot measures was copied verbatim from files found at the website of the Clerk of Travis County: http://traviscountyclerk.org/ As always, the un-American foreign language parts have been deleted to make the text easier to read.  The formatting is pretty much how it was when I copy/pasted it, and this is a bit of a rush job since the Hot Rod has been demanding lots of attention to keep me driving.

Travis County Clerk Elections Division
November 3, 2015 Joint General and Special Elections

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ELECTION All precincts

PROPOSITION 1, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ELECTION
“The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $15,000 to $25,000, providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, authorizing the legislature to prohibit a political subdivision that has adopted an optional residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation from reducing the amount of or repealing the exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property.”

Vote For Proposition 1.  Prevent future taxation being imposed today.

The ONLY downside to this is in the minds of people who think you can improve government schools by throwing money at them. Prop. 1 is only good . . . except that it will make real estate cheaper for the people bringing liberalism here from Kalifornia

PROPOSITION 2, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ELECTION
“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 100 percent or totally disabled veteran who died before the law authorizing a residence homestead exemption for such a veteran took effect.”

Vote For Proposition 2.

This is a small number of people and it takes a lot to be 100% disabled. The tax dollars involved are few, and the cause (getting out of peoples’ wallets who are already hard up) is decent.

PROPOSITION 3, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ELECTION
“The constitutional amendment repealing the requirement that state officers elected by voters statewide reside in the state capital.”

Vote AGAINST Proposition 3.

Call me old-fashioned, but I think people should have to show up to work.  Telecommuting, blah blah. When the shit hits the fan, I want my Elected Heroes *here* in town, so their heads can be put together when the Internet goes down. Or have you never experienced an Internet and Cell service outage in a time of emergency?

PROPOSITION 4, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ELECTION
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.”

Vote For Proposition 4.

I’m for letting private organizations do whatever sane thing they can, to raise money “for charity” or “for profit.” Let’s get out of the way on this and vote For.

PROPOSITION 5, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ELECTION
“The constitutional amendment to authorize counties with a population of 7,500 or less to perform private road construction and maintenance.”

Vote For Proposition 5.

The current law says 5,000. This increases it to 7,500.  The deal is, sometimes you can’t GET a private company to do private roadwork in the middle of nowhere, or else it’s very expensive because of transport costs.  Small counties could recoup some of their investment in publicly-owned road making equipment by charging “a reasonable charge” to a private person to do private road work. I’d be against this in a highly populous area. 7,500 in a county is not populous enough to object to this sort of thing, in my opinion.

PROPOSITION 6, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ELECTION
“The constitutional amendment recognizing the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife subject to laws that promote wildlife conservation.”

Vote For Proposition 6.

Without the right to gather wild food, you lack the most basic means of providing for your life. I support the right to gather wild food subject to reasonable restriction, so I’m for this amendment 100%.

PROPOSITION 7, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ELECTION
“The constitutional amendment dedicating certain sales and use tax revenue and motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for nontolled roads and the reduction of certain transportation-related debt.”

Vote For Proposition 7.

This is a no-brainer. Taxes on transportation-related stuffs should go to building public roadways. Duh? Yes.

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TRAVIS COUNTY BOND ELECTION: All precincts

TRAVIS COUNTY BOND PROPOSITION
The issuance of $287,275,000 of bonds for the purpose of constructing, improving and equipping civil and family courts facilities and the levying of the tax in payment thereof

PLEASE vote AGAINST this bond proposal!

This proposal to build “facilities” includes a shopping center. On the public dime, on public land. No. It has been said by people who should know, that you could build the necessary court facilities for closer to $100M than $300M.  I am certain it doesn’t take a quarter of a BILLION dollars to build a courthouse. I’m also certain it will end up costing a half-billion, knowing how dollars tend to go around local government here. I’m against this amount, not the main thing they are proposing to do with the money.

Travis County Clerk Elections Division
November 3, 2015
Joint General and Special Elections

Cedar Park is asking the citizens to put close enough as makes no difference to $100 Million on the credit card. Ouch.

CITY OF LAGO VISTA PROPOSITION 3
Shall Article III, Section 3.17, Publication of Ordinances, be amended to require that all ordinances that shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation shall also be posted to the City’s website prior to being enrolled and codified into the City’s Code of Ordinances as well as the posting of Resolutions, Proclamations, and Official Notices.
For

I love this idea all to pieces. I wish it would specify for how long before they were enrolled and codified, but almost anything (within reason) that lets interested citizens know what’s about to hit them between the eyes (or in the wallet) before it happens, I’m for it.

CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE GENERAL ELECTION
COUNCIL MEMBER, PLACE 3

Please vote for (the incumbent) Omar Peña.  They’re doing a good job, and he’s part of they.  Except that he wanted to NOT increase our taxes and push off hiring new city staff.  If someone is doing a decent job, keep em in place.

His opponent, Phil Osars Emia seems to be stretching for issues on which to campaign. He’s trying to ride the tide of “cops b hard on de minoritees” and … oh, the water is kinda icky. Plus we need to pour money like water down a bottomless hole and start a BUS system… so don’t elect someone who already knows what he’s doing, go for me, I’ll improve your TAP water? And good GOD why can’t you speak English intelligibly after being here for a decade and a half?! His nearly-impenetrable accent also speaks to his character – not in a good way.
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COUNCIL MEMBER, PLACE 5
Please vote for Mike Heath

Mike Heath is an engineer, and wants to talk to companies to see what they think we need, to bring them here. Infrastructure, not incentives.  And in the PFCONA event I saw, it looked like he has really done his homework and knows what things the council needs to be doing

Rudy Metayer -also wants buses, which (as a taxpayer) is almost enough to kill his candidacy IMO. As I pointed out last election cycle when he LOST the race for a seat on this City Council, he is also a member of racist organizations.   I’ll pass right there, thanks.
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CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE BOND ELECTION

PROP. 1, CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE
The issuance of $10,700,000 tax Bonds for a new City Animal Shelter.

Vote Against Proposition 1!

$10 Million is a LOT of [deleted] money to build a kennel. [deleted] no. Do it for cheaper. Yes, the current facility is rather … poor, to be euphemistic. But $10M is WAY too much.
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PROP. 2, CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE
The issuance of $9,500,000 tax bonds for street improvements to Weiss Lane.

I’m (somewhat hesitantly) voting For Proposition 2.  Weiss lane is already crowded with traffic to the new subdivisions and the (rather nice) Lake Pflugerville facilities.  This is only going to get worse. Let’s not be like Austin and be gobsmacked by traffic AFTER the demand is there.

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