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Goodrich voters approve tax hike


LIVINGSTON – While voters statewide were casting ballots in a Texas Constitutional Amendment election Tuesday, residents in the Goodrich Independent School District also went to the polls for a Tax Ratification Election (TRE). Goodrich voters authorized their school board to increase the tax rate above the current state maximum of $1.04 per $100 in assessed taxable value. The vote in the TRE was 76 (52.8%) in favor and 68 against The GISD board sought voter permission increase the tax rate in order to offset loss of state income due to cuts in state funding and a shrinking enrollment. The board has proposed a tax rate of $1.17. In the constitutional amendment election, Polk County voters favored all of the nine proposed amendments. Local results are as follows:
Amendment No. 1: 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 member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action. FOR: 1,485 (88.1%) AGAINST: 201 Amendment No. 2: Eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational. FOR: 1,413 (84.8%) AGAINST: 254 Amendment No. 3: Authorizing a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption. FOR: 916 (55.9%) AGAINST: 722 Amendment No. 4: Authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization. FOR: 1,453 (86.4%) AGAINST: 229 Amendment No. 5: Authorizing the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan. FOR: 929 (56.5%) AGAINST: 714 Amendment No. 6: Providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources. FOR: 1,038 (61.6%) AGAINST: 647 Amendment No. 7: Authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less. FOR: 1,226 (74.2%) AGAINST: 426 Amendment No. 8: Repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County. FOR: 1,126 (71.2%) AGAINST: 456 Amendment No. 9: Expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. FOR: 1,390 (83.8%) AGAINST: 268


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