In Tuesday's amendment election, Brown County voters cast their ballot in favor of the amendment that would increase the residents homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000 for public school purposes for an elderly or disabled person.
Proposition 1 was passed by an overwhelming in Tuesday’s amendment election.
The mandate calls for a “constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $15,000 to $25,000, providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount.”
The decision also authorizes “the legislature to prohibit a political subdivision that has adopted an optional residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation from reducing the amount of or repealing the exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property.”
In Brown County on Election Day, voters cast 2,469 votes for Proposition 1 while 120 voted against the amendment. More than 95 percent of Brown County voters backed the proposed legislation.
In early voting, Proposition 1 gained 817 votes for while 34 votes were cast against the measure. Ninety-six percent of early voters cast their ballot in favor of the proposed amendment.
The county turnout was 11.61 percent of the 22,282 registered voters.
Statewide, Proposition 1 gained 86.37 percent of the vote. In early voting, 614,255 votes were cast for the measure, while 87,472 votes were cast against. In total, the measure gained 1,367,367 votes for, while 215,781 were cast against.
For Early ISD, Superintendent Wes Beck confirmed to the Bulletin the passage of Proposition 1 will not affect the district.
“It does not affect Early ISD at all,” Beck said. “We did not participate in the homestead exemption. The actual proposition does not affect our funding.”
Heartland Association of Realtors issued a statement regarding the passage of Proposition 1, citing a “resounding victory that will save the state’s current and future homeowners in two ways.”
According to Heartland Association of Realtors, the homestead exemption will reduce homeowners’ property-tax burden, but will also meal real estate transfer taxes are constitutionally prohibited, which saves consumers money when they buy or sell property.
“The Texas Association of REALTORS® provided our local association with invaluable assistance to get the word out to property owners before this important election,” the organization said in a statement. “Our voters heard us and turned out in higher percentages than the state average. We thank each person that took the time to cast their vote and be a part of the process.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expressed his satisfaction with the amendment election.
"Voters sent a clear message (Tuesday) in their support for lowering taxes and building more roads,” Abbott said. “While the federal government and other states throughout the country continue to raise taxes, increase regulations and amass insurmountable debt, Texas is proving exactly why it is the beacon of freedom throughout the country. By voting to lower property taxes, invest in transportation infrastructure and constitutionally guarantee the right to hunt and fish, Texans are creating an even better place for future generations to live, work and raise a family.”
In other election results:
Proposition 2, which provides an ad valorem tax exemption for disabled veteran spouses, passed with 91.41 percent of the vote. Of the 1,565,836 votes cast, 1,431,442 voted for the measure and 134,394 votes were cast against. In Brown County, 785 voted for the measure while 58 voted against.
Proposition 3, which repeals requirement state officers must reside in the state capitol, passed with 66.06 percent of voters approving. Of the 1,543,774 votes cast, 1,019,826 were cast in favor of the measure and 523,948 voted against. In Brown County, 610 voters cast ballots for while 227 were against the amendment.
Proposition 4, which permits professional sports teams’ charitable foundations to conduct raffles, passed with 69.42 percent of the vote with 1,072,905 casting ballots in favor of the amendment. In Brown County, 530 voted for this measure while 305 voted against.
Proposition 5, which authorizes certain counties to construct and maintain private roads, passed with 82.75 percent of voters approving with 1,276,900 voting for the measure and 266,108 voting against. In Brown County, 680 votes cast ballots for this amendment while 158 voted against the measure.
Proposition 6, which recognizes the right for people to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife, passed with 81.03 percent of the vote with 1,258,472 voting for and 294,575 voting against the amendment. In Brown County, 776 voters cast ballots for the amendment while 77 voted against.
Proposition 7, which decides certain taxes to the state highway fund, passed with 83.23 percent of the vote with 1,293,064 voting for and 260,537 voting against the amendment. In Brown County, 701 voters cast ballots for the amendment while 139 voted against.
Brent Addleman is managing editor of the Brownwood Bulletin. He can be reached by calling 325-641-3110, or email email@example.com. Twitter: @BWD_Editor.