Kilgore ISD voters passed a $ 113 million bond election, according to unofficial results released Tuesday by Gregg and Rusk counties, as voters in Texas appeared poised to pass eight state constitutional amendments.
The Kilgore ISD link consists of two propositions. Proposal A totals $ 109 million for the construction of a new campus at Kilgore High School and the renovation of Chandler Elementary School. Proposal B, totaling $ 4 million, is expected to fund renovations to the RE St. John Stadium.
In a statement, Kilgore ISD thanked “the parents, community members and district staff who helped identify the school district’s current facility needs and who volunteered their time and resources to create and disseminate information to the community on the election of school obligations “.
âThis high level of support from our Bulldog community demonstrates the passion and pride our community has in our students and the schools of Kilgore,â said Superintendent Andy Baker. “On behalf of your KISD school board, thank you, community of Kilgore, for investing in the education of our students and in the future of the Kilgore Independent School District.”
Gregg County reported 571 votes for Proposition A, or 64.96%, and 308 votes against Proposition A, or 35.04%.
Gregg County reported 526 votes for Proposition B, or 59.84%, and 353 votes against Proposition B, or 40.16%.
With 80% of constituencies reporting, Rusk County declared 560 votes for Proposition A, or 60.94%, and 359 votes against. The county reported 496 votes for Proposal B, or 54.03%, and 422 votes against.
Voters across Texas had a chance on Tuesday to vote on eight constitutional amendments. And the first unofficial results showed that all eight proposals were in a position of approval.
These proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution were passed as bills in this year’s legislative session. A majority of Texas voters must pass these amendments in this election for them to be added to the Constitution.
At nearly 10:30 p.m., with more than half of the polling stations statewide, the results were as follows:
Proposition 1: 84% for, 16% against
This constitutional amendment would allow charity raffles to be organized at rodeo sites.
It is proposed that a constitutional amendment be made to allow charitable foundations of professional sports teams to hold raffles at rodeo venues.
This is currently not permitted as professional rodeos are not defined in law as a professional sports team.
As such, the amendment would also define âan organization sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Associationâ as a professional sports team.
If this amendment passes, charity raffles can be held both at professional games and at rodeo events.
Proposition 2: 63% for, 37% against
This constitutional amendment would allow a county to issue bonds for the development or redevelopment of infrastructure or transport in disaster areas (places that show signs of neglect).
The law currently allows incorporated towns and municipalities to issue bonds for this purpose. If the amendment passes, the counties would also be granted permission to do so.
The amendment would also include that counties that issue bonds to improve transportation cannot pledge more than a 65% increase in ad valorem tax revenue to repay the bonds.
Ad valorem tax revenue is based on the estimated value of a taxed good, product or service.
The bonds also cannot be used by the county to construct, operate, maintain or acquire a toll road.
Proposition 3: 65% for, 35% against
This constitutional amendment would prohibit the state and political subdivisions from limiting religious services or organizations.
Passage of this new amendment would mean that no law, rule, ordinance or proclamation could be made by the state or political subdivisions with respect to religious services or organizations.
During COVID-19, cities like Bexar, Dallas, Denton, El Passo, Harris, Lubbock and more in Texas limited the ability of people to congregate at church services. This amendment prevents that from happening again.
Proposition 4: 60% for, 40% against
This constitutional amendment would modify the eligibility conditions for certain judicial offices.
People working in Supreme Court justice offices, a criminal appeals court judge, and an appeals court judge will only be eligible if they have been a practicing attorney licensed in Texas for 10 years. or a practicing attorney licensed in Texas and a judge in state or county court for 10 years.
During this time, they cannot have their license revoked, suspended or subject to an approved suspension.
For district judges, the amendment would change the eligibility requirements from four years required as a practicing lawyer or judge to eight years. During this time, their license to practice law cannot have been revoked, suspended or subjected to an approved suspension.
Proposition 5: 60% for, 40% against
This constitutional amendment would give additional powers to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to accept complaints about candidates for judicial office.
The State Commission on Judicial Ethics could also investigate and discipline applicants in the same way it is currently authorized to do.
They can currently sanction with warning letters, private or public sanctions, resignation instead of disciplinary action, suspensions, public warnings, public warnings or public reprimands.
Proposition 6: 88% for, 12% against
This constitutional amendment would give residents of state-funded care facilities, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities or nursing homes the right to nominate a caregiver for in-person visits.
By amending the constitution, this essential caregiver could not be prohibited from visiting the resident at any time. The Texas state legislature would also be authorized to provide guidelines for facilities establishing visiting policies and procedures for caregivers.
This amendment aims to prevent restrictions at these facilities such as those put in place in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, no non-essential visitors were allowed to enter these facilities.
Proposition 7: 88% for, 12% against
This constitutional amendment would allow the surviving spouse, aged 55 or over, of a person with a disability to maintain a limit on property taxes on homestead at the time of death if they remain in the homestead.
This tax limit applies to school district property taxes.
To be eligible, the person must also receive disability benefits from the Federal Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance program granted by the Social Security Administration.
Property taxes would not increase in this case from the year the individual qualifies.
A temporary provision would also be put in place to reimburse taxes to the spouses of a deceased disabled person. This would be for the 2020 and 2021 tax years that exceed the amount that should have been paid with the addition of the tax limit.
Proposition 8: 88% for, 12% against
This constitutional amendment would allow full or partial exemption from family property tax for surviving spouses of members of the armed forces who have been killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.
The current constitution exempts the surviving spouses of those killed in action. The amendment would include those killed or fatally injured during training or other military duties.