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Voters back 9 constitutional amendments

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Kendall County followed the state of Texas to the letter … er, number … on Tuesday as nine of the 10 proposed amendments to the state constitution passed. The election took place throughout the Lone Star State.

In July, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation ordering the special election on the 10 amendments. The amendments cover a wide variety of topics from taxes to schools to animals.

“Texans overwhelmingly voted to permanently ban a state income tax as Proposition 4 passed by a three-to-one margin,” District 73 State Rep. Kyle Biedermann told The Boerne Star on Wednesday. “This is a victory for all Texans, and proves once again that Texas will continue to be a low-tax state, helping our economy thrive.”

Biedermann also issued comments on other propositions.

“In addition, Propositions 2, 5 and 8, which I supported, passed by a wide margin as well,” he said. “This will help benefit our district relating to parks, future water projects and flood issues. The people of Texas set our state up well for the future with their votes last night.”

District 25 State Sen. Donna Campbell also addressed the results of Tuesday’s election.

“Texans have spoken loud and clear,” she told The Star. “ A state income tax is not welcome in our state. Texans do welcome innovation, compassion and infrastructure improvement, as was evident in the passage of eight additional propositions. I think these election results bode well for the future of Texas.”

Locally, 5,823 votes were cast, according to information from the Kendall County Elections Office. The turnout was 18.6 percent.

The only other item on the ballot was the Comfort Independent School District $37.7 million bond. Patrons passed the measure 59 percent to 41 percent. (See separate story.)

The only state amendment that failed was the first, which would have allowed an individual to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.

In Kendall County, the measure failed by 70.5-29.5 percent ratio. Statewide, it failed 65.4 percent to 34.6 percent.

The most lopsided vote was for Proposition 10, which will allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances. Statewide, it passed with 93.8 percent of the vote, or by more than 1.7 million votes. Locally, the measure received 95.5 percent.

The closest vote came on Proposition 9, authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metals held in a precious metal depository located in the state.

It passed 51.6 percent to 48.4 percent, or by about 60,000 votes across the state. In Kendall County, the numbers were 3,315 (59.5 percent) to 2,257 (40.5 percent).

Following is how each of the 10 amendments fared, statewide and in Kendall County:

• Proposition 1: “The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”

Statewide: Failed, 65 percent to 35 percent.

Kendall County: Failed, 70.5 percent to 29.5 percent (4,029-1,686).

• Proposition 2: “The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.”

Statewide: Passed, 65.6 percent to 34.4 percent.

Kendall County: Passed, 57.2 percent to 42.8 percent (3,236-2,418).

• Proposition 3: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.”

Statewide: Passed, 85.1 percent to 14.9 percent.

Kendall County: Passed, 84.8 percent to 15.2 percent (4,826-866).

• Proposition 4: “The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.”

Statewide: Passed, 74.4 percent to 25.6 percent.

Kendall County: Passed, 84.2 percent to 15.8 percent (4,873-914).

• Proposition 5: “The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water quality, and history by acquiring, managing, and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not in-creasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes.”

Statewide: Passed, 88 percent to 12 percent.

Kendall County: Passed, 89 percent to 11 percent (5,128-637).

• Proposition 6: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.”

Statewide: Passed, 64 percent to 36 percent.

Kendall County: Passed, 59.7 percent to 40.3 percent (3,390-2,286).

• Proposition 7: “The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.”

Statewide: Passed, 74.1 percent to 25.9 percent.

Kendall County: Passed, 68.1 percent to 31.9 percent (3,867-1,808).

• Proposition 8: “The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.”

Statewide: Passed, 77.8 percent to 22.2 percent.

Kendall County: Passed, 72.2 percent to 27.8 percent (4,126-1,586).

• Proposition 9: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.”

Statewide: Passed, 51.6 percent to 48.4 percent.

Kendall County: Passed, 59.5 percent to 40.5 percent (3,315-2,257).

• Proposition 10: “The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.”

Statewide: Passed, 93.8 percent to 6.2 percent.

Kendall County: Passed, 95.5 percent to 4.5 percent (5,510-258).