ELECTION 2017

While there are not a lot of local issues on the ballot in Killeen, voters will have an opportunity to say yes or no on seven proposed state constitutional propositions come Tuesday.

The changes to the Texas Constitution were first proposed by the Legislature through joint resolutions that received a minimum of 100 votes in the House and 21 votes in the Senate. Each amendment must be approved by a majority of voters to pass.

Here’s a look at the amendments:

Proposition One: If approved, this will allow a partially disabled veteran or their surviving spouse to a partial property tax exemption if the home was donated at no cost to the veteran. The percentage of the tax exemption would correlate to the percentage of disability of the veteran.

Proposition Two: The proposed amendment would ease restrictions on borrowing against home equity, according to the Texas Tribune.

Proposition Three: Under this proposal, if an unsalaried appointee’s term expires when the Legislature is not in regular session, the person will continue to serve until the next legislative session has ended.

Proposition Four: Under this proposition, courts would be required to notify the Texas attorney general of any constitutional challenges to state laws.

Proposition Five: This would expand the definition of a “professional sports team” to allow team-connected foundations to hold charitable raffles.

Proposition Six: Should voters approve this proposition, surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty would be eligible for a property tax exemption. The spouse would be eligible only if they have not remarried. If the spouse moves to a new home, they are still eligible for an equivalent tax exemption.

Proposition Seven: Like proposition five, this would allow banks and other financial institutions to hold a raffle or award prizes to encourage savings.

Each resolution was randomly assigned a ballot number by the Texas secretary of state’s office, according to The Texas Tribune.

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