Voters Approve Amendments, Local Bond Issues

(November 5, 2009)—Elsewhere in Texas, Houston Mayor Annise Parker was elected to a third and final term in the nation's fourth largest city.        

In a crowded field, Parker got more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday, enough to avoid a runoff in December.     

She faced eight challengers, the strongest being former Houston city attorney Ben Hall. 

Parker was first elected in 2009 and won her second term in 2011.  

During her administration, Houston weathered the recent recession better than most major U.S. cities and has been named in surveys as one of the best cities in which to live.

With Parker's re-election, Houston continues to be the largest city in the United States led by an openly gay person.

Houston voters, however, rejected a plan to turn the landmark Astrodome into convention hall, likely dooming it to demolition.

The so-called "Eighth Wonder of the World" opened in 1965 and was once home to the Houston Astros and Houston Oilers, but the Astrodome hasn't been home to a professional team since 1999, and it was closed to all events in 2009.

Voters in the Katy ISD rejected a bond package that included $69.5 million for a 14,000-seat football stadium. 



CENTRAL TEXAS (November 5, 2013) Texas voters approved nine constitutional amendments Tuesday including one that will take $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day fund to finance water projects.

The money will help defray the borrowing costs on large-scale water infrastructure projects, including creating reservoirs, laying new pipelines and replacing older ones.

Gov. Rick Perry applauded approval of the amendment Tuesday night.

"We'll have the water we need to grow and thrive for the next five decades, without raising state taxes," he said.

Central Texas State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, called Tuesday “an exciting day” and said “Texans now have a clearer picture of our state's future ability to guarantee a robust water infrastructure system that keeps the Texas economic engine running efficiently.”

"Proposition 6 will ensure a reliable supply of potable water to the citizens of Texas, provide industry with the certainty that the water they need will be there to create and attract more jobs and will encourage innovation in solving our state's water crisis," Fraser said.

(Election Results)

Several cities and school district in Central Texas had contested races for city council and school board seats.

Gatesville ISD voters approved a $17.9 million bond issue to pay for a new elementary school to serve first through third grade students.

Voters in Copperas Cove were approved a $6 million bond issue to allow for the construction of a new fire station and construct a police substation.

But Robinson voters rejected a proposed $21 million bond issue to replace the aging 1963 intermediate school campus.

Hallsburg voters approved a $2,363,500 bond intended to allow the district to enclose all existing building under one roof, add three classrooms and improve building access to improve safety and security.

It was the first statewide election in which voters had to present either a Texas driver's license, a Texas Election Identification Certificate, a Texas personal identification card, a Texas concealed handgun license, a United States military identification card including a photograph, a United States citizenship certificate including a photograph or a U.S. passport.

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Proposition 1: 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 member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action. APPROVED

Proposition 2: The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational. APPROVED

Proposition 3: 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." APPROVED

Proposition 4: 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. APPROVED

Proposition 5: 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. APPROVED

Proposition 6: 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. APPROVED

Proposition 7: 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. APPROVED

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

Proposition 9: 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 Conduct. APPROVED

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