State, county voters approve water fund, other amendments
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Bee County voters had only the nine state constitutional amendments on the ballot this election. Statewide, all of the propositions, including much talked about Proposition 6, were approved by voters on Election Day, Tuesday.

This proposition is a constitutional amendment that will provide for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas. These funds will help finance priority water projects for the state, including rural and agricultural conservation projects.

“Ranchers know firsthand that, because of drought, water has been a scarce resource. Proposition 6 is a necessary step in providing a mechanism to help finance our state’s water needs, so we can all continue to have safe and reliable sources of water,” said Cattle Raisers Association President Pete Bonds.

Bonds says that the passage of Proposition 6 is especially important to the rural population because it offers them a way to seek low interest loans for much needed water projects that they might otherwise not be able to afford.

“Rural Texas communities support agriculture. They provide hospitals, schools and services to those of us who live outside the city limits. We are concerned because there are rural areas all over this state that are in danger of drying up,” said Bonds. “We are confident that Proposition 6 will help these areas continue to provide a safe and reliable water source for decades to come.”

Unofficial vote total results for Bee County are:

• Prop 1: Ad valorem tax exempt of homestead for one’s spouse killed in action

In favor — 554

Against — 56

• Prop 2: Eliminate the State Medical Board and its Education Fund

In favor — 537

Against — 70

• Prop 3: Extend number of days that aircraft parts are exempt from ad valorem tax

In favor — 327

Against — 248

• Prop 4: Exempt from ad valorem tax of donated home to a disabled vet

In favor — 540

Against — 67

• Prop 5: Authorize reverse mortgage loans when purchasing homestead property

In favor — 348

Against — 246

• Prop 6: Create a State Water Implementation Fund

In favor — 467

Against — 146

• Prop 7: Authorize home-rule cities to fill vacancy procedures in charter

In favor — 451

Against — 143

• Prop 8: Repeal Constitution’s max tax rate for a Hidalgo County hospital district

In favor — 438

Against — 141

• Prop 9: Expand potential sanctions against a judge or justice

In favor — 522

Against — 85
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