Texas voters have approved a measure that would give the spouses of deceased disabled veterans a tax property exemption.
With 61 percent of precincts reporting, more than 83 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment, according to unofficial results.
The measure faced no opposition. Currently 100-percent disabled veterans receive an exemption from property taxes. Proposition 1 extends the benefit to their spouses.
Texas voters have rejected a constitutional amendment that would have given counties the same bonding powers as cities and town, while passing a measure to allow cities and counties to enter contracts with one another without creating a new tax district.
Under Proposition 4, Texas counties would have been given the same authority that cities and towns have to issue bonds to finance the development of unproductive, underdeveloped or blighted areas, while pledging repayment with property tax revenues. Critics argued that the amendment would expand transportation reinvestment zones to counties, which could clear the way for new toll roads.
Proposition 5 authorizes the Legislature to allow cities and counties to enter into contracts with other cities and counties without triggering a property tax.
The governor will have new powers to grant pardons, elected officials will have more time to resign before running for another office and there is a more funds for student loans after Texas voters approved changes to the Texas Constitution.
Proposition 9 allows the Texas governor to grant a pardon, reprieve or commutation of punishment to a person who completes a sentence of deferred adjudication. But the court records could only be cleared on the written recommendation and advice of the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Under Proposition 10, local elected officeholders would get an extra 30 days before triggering automatic resignation if they become a candidate for another office.
The Higher Education Coordinating Board can now issue bonds for low-interest student loans now that voters have approved Proposition 3.
The General Land Office will make more money available for public schools and the state will issue more bonds for water projects after voters approved the measures.
Proposition 2 enables the state to create a revolving $6 billion bond package to finance water conservation, and sewage and flood-control projects.
Voters also approved Proposition 6, which recalculates the formula by which money from the Permanent School Fund is distributed and could increase the amount going to school districts.
Texas voters have rejected a tax exemption proposed to promote water conservation.
Proposition 8 would have given tax breaks to landowners who take measures to conserve water and preserve water quality. The proposal was hailed as one of the few measures approved by the Legislature last session that received bipartisan support.
But conservative groups rejected the measure as redundant and costly to taxpayers.