All but one of 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution passed Tuesday, with Kleberg County voters casting ballots in line with those around the state.
Kleberg County Clerk Stephanie Garza said 1,250 voters – just under 7 percent of the 17,959 total registered voters in Kleberg County – cast their ballots in the constitutional election, with 358 voters turning out for early voting, 13 votes cast with mail-in ballots and 879 votes coming in on election day Tuesday.
“This was a good turnout compared to what we’ve had in the past in constitutional (elections),” Garza said.
The last state constitutional election was held in November 2017, with only 408 of the 17,563 registered voters in the county casting ballots. Statewide voters approved all seven propositions in that election.
To change the state constitution, a proposed amendment must be approved by a majority of Texas voters.
State Proposition 1, permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time, was the only proposed amendment to not pass. Statewide, 65 percent voted against the measure, while Kleberg County totals showed 73 percent were not in favor.
State Proposition 2 allows 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. The amendment passed with 65 percent in favor statewide and 68 percent in Kleberg County supporting it.
State Proposition 3 authorizes 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. Kleberg County voters approved the measure with 86 percent voting in favor, nearly matching the state’s 85 percent in favor.
State Proposition 4 prohibits the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income. In Kleberg County, 80 percent voted in favor of the amendment, and 75 percent in the state did the same.
State Proposition 5 dedicates revenue from existing state sales and use tax imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission. Statewide, the amendment passed with 88 percent of voters for it. In Kleberg County, 89 percent voted in favor.
State Proposition 6 allows the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. State voters passed the amendment with 63 percent in favor, while 70 percent in Kleberg County were also in favor.
State Proposition 7 increases distributions to the available school fund. In Kleberg County, 78 percent of voters were in favor of the increase, and 73 percent statewide voted for the amendment.
State Proposition 8 creates a flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects. The amendment passed with 82 percent in Kleberg County and 77 percent statewide voting in favor.
State Proposition 9 authorizes the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state. State voters narrowly passed the amendment with 52 percent voting for it. In Kleberg County, 51 percent voted in favor.
State Proposition 10 allows the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances. The amendment passed with 94 percent in favor in both the state and Kleberg County.
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