In Victoria County there are ten propositions on the ballot for the November 8, 2011 Constitutional Amendment Election. Others places may have additional issues to place before the voters.

Over the next few weeks I'll try to list the ballot wording and give a little information about each proposition. My source for information is a Texas Legislature handout. You may download the complete handout at http://www.hro.house.state.tx.us/pdf/focus/amend82.pdf. If you cannot copy all that use your search for Texas Legislature and then House Research.

Proposition 1

The ballot proposal reads: "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 100 percent or totally disabled veteran."

This proposition allows the surviving spouse of a totally disabled veteran to continue the same tax exemption as enjoyed by the couple. There are specific criteria regarding the continuing homestead exemption including; the property was the homestead when the veteran died, the property remained the residence of the spouse, and the surviving spouse has not remarried.

Proposition 2

The ballot proposal reads: "The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $6 billion at any time outstanding."

The proposition would authorize the Texas Water Development Board to issue bonds for financing water and waste water projects throughout the state. Normally these funds are used to finance loans to political subdivisions which are upgrading water supply, water quality and flood control projects.

To vote in any election you must be a registered voter. Voter registration for this election ends Tuesday, October 11th. Contact the Elections Office at 576-0124 for more information.