Brown County voters on Tuesday rejected by slim margins two proposals that would authorize the state to issue bonds to fund various state projects including improvements at Lake Brownwood State Park, as well as bonds to finance the construction of state highways.
But beyond Propositions 4 and 12, the 14 other proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution won local favor, although No. 15 (cancer research) and No. 16 (bonds to fund water and wastewater projects for economically depressed areas) were close calls.
Statewide, the Associated Press reported at 10 p.m. that with 61 percent of precincts in, all 16 propositions had been approved.
In both of the proposals rejected by Brown County voters, the margin of defeat was approximately 1 percent. No. 4 lost 49.74 to 50.26 percent, while No. 12 lost 49.38 to 50.62 percent. Local voters approved No. 15 by a 52.90 to 47.10 percent margin, and No. 16 by 52.84 to 47.17 percent.
Opposition to many of the propositions had been tied to philosophical concerns about funding even popular projects by accumulating debt through the issuance of bonds.
Here is a summary of how Brown County voters 2,337 of them, less than 10 percent of the approximately 24,000 registered voters cast ballots Tuesday:
No. 1 (Angelo State University) 1,603 for, 655 against.
No. 2 (Bonds for educational loans) 1,311 for, 970 against.
No. 3 (Residence homestead valuation) 1,574 for, 701 against.
No. 4 (Funding for state projects like prisons and parks) 1,136 for, 1,148 against.
No. 5 (Small city development property tax incentives) 1,386 for, 865 against.
No. 6 (Exempt vehicle property tax) 1,819 for, 505 against.
No. 7 (Sell back property acquired by imminent domain) 1,888 for, 372 against.
No. 8 (Home equity loan clarification) 1,638 for, 620 against.
No. 9 (Exempt disabled veterans homestead property taxes) 1,883 for, 394 against.
No. 10 (Withdraw office of inspector of hides and animals) 1,759 for, 473 against.
No. 11 (Legislature record vote) 1,863 for, 388 against.
No. 12 (Texas Department of Transportation bonds) 1,115 for, 1,143 against.
No. 13 (Denial of bail) 1,924 for, 358 against.
No. 14 (Judge retirement age) 1,601 for, 668 against.
No. 15 (Bonds for cancer research) 1,204 for, 1,072 against.
No. 16 (Bond for water projects) 1,190 for, 1,062 against.