Voters pass $5 million bond issue, say ‘no’ to countywide sales tax
by Tim Delaney
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REFUGIO COUNTY – A countywide proposition to create a County Assistance District to levy a 2 percent sales tax in unincorporated areas of the county failed by a vote of 170 to 72 on Tuesday night, Nov. 5.

The county’s total number of registered voters is 5,017.

County Judge Rene Mascorro said the sales tax could have served to help ease the tax burden on county residents.

“Obviously, I am disappointed with the election results but will accept the will of the voters,” Mascorro said. “The county will continue on its path to prosperity, and the Commissioners Court and I will continue to make financial decisions that make good sense for the taxpayers. Unfortunately for them, the entire burden of the county budget will continue to rest entirely with them where it could have been lightened to some degree by a county sales tax.”

Meanwhile, the Woodsboro school district’s $5 million bond issue to finish up on improvements made with the $9.9 million bond issue voters passed in 2005 passed by a 165 to 148 vote.

The Woodsboro school district’s total number of registered voters is 1,931.

Superintendent Steven Self was elated with the results.

“We’re very happy with the citizens’ who gave us an opportunity to continue to do good things for the district,” Self said.

“This was a good measure to get through,” he added.

Here are the results of the nine propositions on the Nov. 5 ballot:

Proposition 1 passed 365 to 84.

The proposed amendment would allow the surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. armed services who was killed in action to be exempt from paying local property taxes based on all or part of the total appraised value of the homestead.

Proposition 2 passed 325 to 111.

The proposed constitutional amendment, and its enabling bill HB 1061, would remove references to defunct entities in the constitution and state law relating to an education fund and loans toward medical degrees.

Proposition 3 passed 217 to 204.

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.

Proposition 4 passed 368 to 104.

Proposition 4 is 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.

Proposition 5 passed 246 to 218.

Proposition 5 is 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.

Proposition 6 passed 323 to 157.

Proposition 6 is 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.

Proposition 7 passed 300 to 143.

Proposition 7 is 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.

Proposition 8 passed 250 to 181.

Proposition 8 is the constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.

Proposition 9 passed/failed 327 to 139.

Proposition 9 is 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 Contact.
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