Early voting opens Oct. 21; runs to Nov. 1

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Early voting starts for Pecos County on Monday Oct. 21, with several school bonds and amendments on the ballot.

From Oct. 21 to Nov. 1, people can can get their vote in early, before the actual election day of Nov. 5.

Precinct 1, 2, 7, 10 and part of 6 will have the opportunity to vote on the Fort Stockton Independent School Districts $85 million proposed bond.

Precincts 3, 4 and 5 will vote on the proposed Iraan-Sheffield ISD bond.

There will also be 10 constitutional amendments for residents to vote on.

•Proposition 1 which would permit a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time. This would make it easier for small and rural towns to have a judge to serve multiple municipalities.

•Proposition 2 which will provide for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas. This would help fund wastewater infrastructure projects in areas where the median household income is at or below 75% of the statewide median.

•Proposition 3 would authorize the legislature to provide temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster. That would create a temporary exemption for people with property damaged in a governor declared disaster area.

•Proposition 4 would prohibit the imposition of an individual income tax including tax on an individuals share of partnership and unincorporated association income. This would make it more challenging for future law makers to enact a personal income tax, requiring 2/3 support.

•Proposition 5 dedicates the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water quality, and history by acquiring, managing, and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes. This would earmark all revenue from the sporting goods sales tax towards the state parks and wildlife department and historic commission, as intended when the tax was created in 1993.

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

•Proposition 7 allows increased distributions to the available school fund. This would all entities to double the amount of revenue they can provide the available school fund which provides classroom materials and funding fro Texas schools.

•Proposition 8 provides the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation and flood control projects. This would create the fund to use to finance projects following a disaster.

•Proposition 9 authorizes legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state. This allows legislature to create a property tax exemption for precious metals held in state depositories.

•Proposition 10 allows the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances. This allows former handlers or qualified caretakers to adopt retired law enforcement animals without a fee.

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