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Election 2017: On the ballot

Several issues are on the ballot on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7,  including all voters being asked to choose either “for” or “against” the seven propositions to amend the Texas state constitution.

In addition, voters in Denton will be asked to consider city charter amendments, while voters in the Aubrey and Little Elm school districts will be voting on bonds. Voters in Pilot Point will again consider whether to allow liquor stores in their community. 

And voters in two special taxing districts will consider whether to give those taxing districts authority over existing streets.

The following are items that many Denton County voters will see on the ballot:

State of Texas

Proposition 1

"The 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 for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution."

Proposition 2

"The constitutional amendment to establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing of home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads."

Proposition 3

"The constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate after the expiration of the person’s term of office."

Proposition 4

"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional."

Proposition 5

"The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles."

Proposition 6

"The 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 first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty."

Proposition 7

"The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings."

Aubrey ISD

Proposition A

"The issuance of $51,000,000 of school building bonds for the purpose of construction, acquisition, and equipment of school buildings in the district, including the purchase of the necessary sites for school buildings, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof and to pay the costs of any credit agreements executed in connection with the bonds."

Little Elm ISD

Proposition A

"The issuance of $235,000,000 of school building bonds for the purpose of construction, improvement, renovation and equipment of school buildings in the District and acquiring real property therefor, and the purchase of new buses, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof and to pay the costs of any credit agreements executed in connection with the bonds."

Proposition B

"The issuance of $4,500,000 of bonds for the purpose of refunding all or any portion of the District’s outstanding Maintenance Tax Notes, Series 2014 payable from the District’s maintenance tax, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof."

Denton

Proposition A

"Shall Section 2.02 of the City Charter be amended to clarify that councilmember residency qualifications apply to the council member's domicile (principal residence), where the council member must have resided for at least one year prior to the election?"

Proposition B

"Shall Section 4.13 of the City Charter be amended to increase the percentage of petitioners required to trigger a Recall Election from twenty-five percent (25%) to thirty-five percent (35%)?"

Proposition C

"Shall Section 6.04 of the City Charter be amended to clarify that the Internal City Auditor shall be a permanent, full-time position and clarify the responsibilities?"

Proposition D

"Shall Sections 14.04 and 14.05 of the City Charter be repealed and replaced with a provision requiring the adoption of an Ethics Ordinance by the City Council in accordance with Texas law and adheres to certain minimum standards?"

Proposition E

"Shall a section be added to the City Charter providing for councilmembers to receive an initial monthly stipend of seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) and the Mayor to receive an initial monthly stipend of one thousand dollars ($1000.00) during their respective terms of office and providing for restrictions on subsequent increases to the stipend amount?"

Pilot Point

Proposition A

"The legal sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption only."

Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 4

Proposition A

Authorization of Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 4 (the "District") to improve, operate, or maintain any macadamized, graveled, or paved roads in existence within the district on September 1, 2017, or any improvements, including storm drainage, in aid of those roads.

Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 5

Proposition A

Authorization of Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 5 (the "District") to improve, operate, or maintain any macadamized, graveled, or paved roads in existence within the district on September 1, 2017, or any improvements, including storm drainage, in aid of those roads.