By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

A local state representative met with Killeen Exchange Club members on Monday to discuss the upcoming November ballot and the importance of voting.

"Please vote," Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock said. "Austin and Washington look at those numbers. That is what drives the decision process."

Before his encouraging people to vote, Aycock discussed each of the proposed Texas constitutional amendments that would be on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Aycock was quick to mention rumors about Propositions 2, 3, and 5, and he wanted to clarify that the proposed amendments deal with tax appraisal offices that handle property tax valuations.

"That tells you right away that the Legislature is concerned by our (property tax) appraisals," Aycock said, noting there are three amendments on the subject.

Proposition 2 would make sure that a homestead property valuation is counted as homestead instead of counting it as business property valuation, which could happen when a new business is built next to homes, Aycock said.

Proposition 3 would allow the state to make the appraisal authorities more unified, Aycock said.

Proposition 5 would probably not affect the Killeen area, but it allows appraisal entities to combine when there isn't a need for multiple entities, Aycock said.

Aycock discussed all of the propositions, including Propositions 8 and 11.

Proposition 8 would allow the state to donate resources to VA hospitals, which are federal institutions, Aycock said. It would allow the state to donate used vehicles or construct roads to VA hospitals.

Proposition 11 would prohibit the use of eminent domain for the use of economic development, and it would increase the vote of eminent domain to two-thirds in both the House and Senate before approval.

"I appreciate that he encouraged everybody to get out and vote," Exchange Club member John Odom said. "It means a lot to me and the members of the club that Jimmie Don is so accessible. He has always kept in touch with the people in his district."

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