KWTP Voter Guide: Constitutional Amendments
After researching the Proposed Amendments, KWTP recommends a NO vote on ALL of them.
No matter how much good they seem to do, particularly the first which aims to help widows of our heroes, disabled American Veterans, they all advance the control of the government over our lives, picking and choosing winners and losers instead of providing an equal and fair set of rules for all. For this reason, we recommend a NO vote on ALL of them.2011 KWTP Voter Guide: Texas Constitutional Amendments
Amending the Texas Constitution is not an action to be undertaken lightly. There are ten proposed amendments on the 2011 ballot. The Voter Guide Committee of the Kingwood TEA Party recently evaluated these amendments. Noting that each of them expands the power of the government to do business as usual picking: winners and losers instead of promoting freedom for all, here are the Committee’s recommendations:
PROPOSITION 1: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – NO
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.
KWTP believes that any move to use the outmoded and over-stressed property tax to fund anything, no matter how reasonable or worthwhile needs to be rejected. It is also a matter of fairness not to continually exclude some Texans while requiring others to pay more.
PROPOSITION 2: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – NO
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.
KWTP believes that giving any non-elected entity the right to increase spending without citizen oversight and voter’s approval is a grievous wrong we must STOP!
PROPOSITION 3: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT- NO
The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of general obligation bonds of the State of Texas to finance educational loans to students.
KWTP understands that more money does NOT equal better education. The Government’s involvement in education from pre-school to colleges and universities has led to an explosive growth in administration and country club amenities while education itself has foundered. We believe it is time to rid ourselves of the bureaucracies and get back to fundamental education with the least amount of Federal and State oversight. Parents and students will choose better schools. Let the wind of free market pressures according to what the People are willing to pay for back into Education!
PROPOSITION 4: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – NO
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit a county to issue bonds or notes to finance the development or redevelopment of an unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted area and to pledge for repayment of the bonds or notes increases in ad valorem taxes imposed by the county on property in the area. The amendment does not provide authority for increasing ad valorem tax rates.
KWTP believes that this is exactly the type of governmental takeover of private property rights which accelerates the invidious march of Agenda 21’s anti-human and pro-socialistic goals in our Nation. A resounding “NO!”
PROPOSITION 5: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – NO
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to allow cities or counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities or counties without the imposition of a tax or the provision of a sinking fund.
KWTP acknowledges that this amendment SOUNDS reasonable, but we no longer trust our governments to make good decisions with taxpayer dollars. No matter how worthy this sounds, it allows city and county governments to spend tax dollars with voters’ approval.
PROPOSITION 6: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – NO
The constitutional amendment clarifying references to the permanent school fund, allowing the General Land Office to distribute revenue from permanent school fund land or other properties to the available school fund to provide additional funding for public education, and providing for an increase in the market value of the permanent school fund for the purpose of allowing increased distributions from the available school fund.
KWTP strongly believes that the school finance problem is not due to a lack of money, it is due to school officials spending way too much on political indoctrination, increasing numbers of bureaucrats often hidden as teachers, being held in thrall to very bad negotiations with unions, and subject to unreasonable demands by both the Federal and State governments. Unequivocably NO!
PROPOSITION 7: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – NO
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supported by ad valorem taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities.
KWTP believes that the local El Paso voters can ask for assistance when needed, but that putting such an amendment in place before any programs or projects are in development is a recipe for financial disaster.
PROPOSITION 8: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – NO
The constitutional amendment providing for the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of open-space land devoted to water-stewardship purposes on the basis of its productive capacity.
KWTP understands that the entities that need this already receive it, and that wildlife management already covers those who do not fit under agricultural or other designations. Granting even more favors under the property tax exacerbates the problem. We do not want Government to continue to pick winners and losers. EVERYONE should a fair amount without exemptions granted by friends in high places.
PROPOSITION 9: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – NO
The constitutional amendment authorizing the governor to grant a pardon to a person who successfully completes a term of deferred adjudication community supervision.
KWTP believes that our pasts are a part of who we are and that we are also creatures of habit. Though we would be ecstatic if everyone caught in crime could be rehabilitated, the numbers show that this is not usually the case. Hiding past criminal activity from the public too often leads to more innocents being harmed needlessly.
PROPOSITION 10: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – NO
The constitutional amendment to change the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of certain elected county or district officeholders if they become candidates for another office.
KWTP has come to see that once politicians hit the campaign trail, their attention to other duties and responsibilities cannot be relied upon.