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Kyle Election 2019 Voter Guide

Where And When To Vote

Early Voting / Election Day

0/21/19 – 0/25/19 8 AM – 5 PM
10/26/19 10 AM – 2 PM
0/28/19 – 10/30/19 8 AM – 5 PM
10/31/19 and 11/1/19 7 AM – 7 PM

NOVEMBER 5, 2019 – ELECTION DAY

Early Voting Locations

Kyle City Hall
100 W. Center St.
Kyle, TX (Map)

ACC Campus Hays 
1200 Kohlers Crossing
712 S. Stagecoach Trail
Kyle, Texas (Map)

Hays CISD Admin Office 
21003 Interstate 35, 
Kyle, TX (Map)

Chapa Middle School
3311 Dacy Lane, Kyle
Kyle, TX (Map)

2 City Of Kyle Positions


10 Statewide Propositions


Proposition 1 (HJR 72) Municipal Judges

Official Ballot Language:

“The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”

Explanation:

The Texas Constitution (Article 16, Section 40) prohibits a person from holding more than one public office at the same time but has many exceptions, including county commissioner, justice of the peace, notary public, postmaster, etc. The proposed constitutional amendment would add elected municipal judge to this list of exceptions.

A municipal judge oversees pre-trial hearings, small claims proceedings, and misdemeanor cases in a city or town. Proposition 1 would allow municipal judges to hold more than one paid public office at the same time, meaning they could simultaneously preside over multiple municipalities, regardless of whether they were appointed or elected.

For more information: House Research Organization HJR 72: https://hro.house.texas.gov/pdf/ba86R/HJR0072.PDF

Proposition 2 (SJR 79) Water Projects in Distressed Areas

Official Ballot Language:

“The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.”

Explanation:

Proposition 2 would allow the Water Development Board to issue general obligation bonds for the Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP). The outstanding bonds could not exceed $200 million. The bonds would be used to develop water supply and sewer projects in economically depressed areas of the state.

EDAP assists water infrastructure projects when the median income of a region is less than 75% of the state’s median income. The proposed amendment would give the Water Development Board the money to finance water and wastewater infrastructure in economically distressed areas.

For more information: House Research Organization SJR 79: https://hro.house.texas.gov/pdf/ba86R/SJR0079.PDF

Proposition 3 (HJR 34) Tax Relief for Disaster Areas

Official Ballot Language:

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.”

Explanation:

Proposition 3 would allow the Texas Legislature to give a temporary property tax exemption in a governor-declared disaster area. The exemption would be 15%, 30%, 60%, or 100%, depending on the amount of property damage. The local government would choose whether or not to adopt the temporary exemption and would determine how long the exemption would last.

For more information: House Research Organization HJR 34:

https://hro.house.texas.gov/pdf/ba86R/HJR0034.PDF

Proposition 4 (HJR 38) Personal Income Tax

Official Ballot Language:

“The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.”

Explanation:

Proposition 4 would prohibit the Texas Legislature from establishing a personal state income tax.

For more information: House Research Organization HJR 38:

https://hro.house.texas.gov/pdf/ba86R/HJR0038.PDF

Proposition 5 (SJR 24) Sporting Goods Taxes to Support State Parks

Official Ballot Language:

“The constitutional amendment dedicating 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.”

Explanation:

Proposition 5 would require the Legislature to allocate the money raised from state sales taxes on sporting goods (i.e., hunting, fishing, outdoor equipment) to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Texas Historical Commission (THC). Revenue from such taxes would be used to improve and manage state and local parks and historic sites, and to acquire new sites.

Proposition 5 closes a loophole in the current law that prevents all the revenue raised by these sales taxes from being given to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission, thus allowing some of the money to be used to balance the state budget.

For more information: House Research Organization HJR 39:

https://hro.house.texas.gov/pdf/ba86R/HJR0039.PDF

Proposition 6 (HJR 12) Cancer Prevention Research

Official Ballot Language:

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.”

Explanation:

The proposed amendment would increase the maximum bond amount for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) from $3 billion to $6 billion. CPRIT provides grants and supports programs that advance cancer research. The organization, begun in 2007, is currently set up to receive $3 billion in funding until 2022.

For more information: House Research Organization HJR 12:

https://hro.house.texas.gov/pdf/ba86R/HJR0012.pdf

Proposition 7 (HJR 151) Funding Public Education

Official Ballot Language:

“The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.”

Explanation:

The School Land Board, an independent entity of the General Land Office, oversees the management, sale and leasing of more than 13 million acres of land for the Permanent School Fund. The State Board of Education can then make distributions from this fund to the Available School Fund. The revenue generated from the land is used to purchase real estate and make investments to help fund public education through the Available School Fund.

This proposition would increase from $300 million to $600 million the amount the General Land Office could distribute to the Available School Fund each year.

For more information: House Research Organization HJR 151:

https://hro.house.texas.gov/pdf/ba86R/HJR0151.PDF

Proposition 8 (HJR 4) Flood Control

Official Ballot Language:

“The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.”

Explanation:

Proposition 8 would create the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) as a special fund outside of general revenue. A one-time distribution from the Economic Stabilization Fund, also known as the “rainy day fund,” would establish the FIF. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) would distribute FIF funds to local governments through loans or, in some cases, as grants. The money would be used to establish and maintain flood control structures and drainage infrastructure throughout the state, especially in economically distressed areas.

If passed, Proposition 8 would require cooperation among all impacted parties. A local government would receive money from the FIF only if it worked with other governments in the region and listened to stakeholder concerns in public meetings. The local government would also have to submit a technical analysis of the plan, comparing it to other possible projects in the region, and a proposal to repay the loan.

For more information: House Research Organization HJR 4:

https://hro.house.texas.gov/pdf/ba86R/HJR0004.PDF

Proposition 9 (HJR 95) Tax Exemption of Precious Metals

Official Ballot Language:

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.”

Explanation:

Texas opened a precious metals depository in 2018, run by a private company but overseen by the state government. The Constitution requires all real and tangible personal property to be taxed on its value unless exempted. These ad valorem (property) taxes are imposed at the time of purchase or exchange of precious metals. Proposition 9 would exempt from taxation precious metals held in a precious metal depository in the state.

For more information: House Research Organization HJR 95:

https://hro.house.texas.gov/pdf/ba86R/HJR0095.PDF

Proposition 10 (SJR 32) Law Enforcement Animals

Official Ballot Language:

“The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.”

Explanation:

Proposition 10 would allow law enforcement animals to retire, and their former handlers or other qualified caretakers to adopt them with no fee. Law enforcement animals are currently considered as surplus property of the county, which means the county can only auction, donate, or destroy them. Proposition 10 would change the property laws to allow the animals to retire and be transferred to their original handler or another qualified caretaker with no adoption fee.

For more information: House Research Organization HJR 96:

https://hro.house.texas.gov/pdf/ba86R/HJR0096.PDF