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ELECTIONS: What's on the Nov. 5 ballot?

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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 8:00 am | Updated: 12:45 pm, Wed Oct 23, 2013.

Leander City Council

Special election to replace outgoing council member Michell Cantwell.

Candidates: Bob Hanson, Dan Michie, Randy Caldwell, Ron Abruzzese, Jerry Perez

See our special report on the candidates for the Place 4 seat here

Williamson County Bond Election

Williamson County residents have two bond proposals to vote on this election.

Proposition 1 would authorize the issuance of $275 million in tax bonds for road improvements. Proposition 2 would authorize the issuance of $40 million in tax bonds for park and recreational purposes.

Williamson County estimates that passage of the two bond propositions will not result in an increase in the overall county property tax rate. The debt rate is based on assumptions regarding the timing of issuance of bonds, the assumed tax valuations, assumed growth rates and the projected interest rates. Based on an estimated assessed valuation growth of 5 percent for the next three years with $315 million in debt issued over 5 years at a slightly increasing interest rate on each issuance of bonds, the projected tax rate would not increase from the current $0.1675 per $100 of valuation.

Constitutional Amendments

Eight amendments are on the ballot.

Prop 1 — 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.

Prop 2 — Constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational.

Prop 3 — 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.

Prop 4 — 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.

Prop 5 — 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.

Prop 6 — 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.

Prop 7 — 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.

Prop 8 — Constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.

Welcome to the discussion.