Let me repeat, THERE IS NO Texas Homestead Exemption Vote on ballot in May 2009.
I’ve gotten this email more times than I care to count recently:
Please read and pass on to all your Texas email friends as this applies to all voters.
You must vote in May to keep the Homestead tax cap for 65 and over, even if you are not 65 yet. If you are a Texas homeowner then this is important to you. If not, it is important to your friends who are.
I am sending this email to everyone on my email address list that lives in Texas . I want to be sure you are aware of a constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot at the May election. It is an amendment to correct an error made by the lawmakers when they voted for a reduction in school property taxes in 2005.
When the lawmakers voted for a one-third reduction in school property taxes beginning in 2006 and to be completed this year, they forgot about the homestead exemption for senior citizens and people with disabilities. The state constitution caps school property taxes for homeowners 65 years and older and those who are disabled.
However, they DID NOT get the same reduction when the property tax cut for schools was voted on two years ago.
So an amendment is on the May ballot to correct this error.
The problem is that most voters who are younger than 65 or not disabled probably won ‘ t even notice
the amendment or care.
PLEASE get out and vote for this amendment if not for yourself, then for your parents,
grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends. We would really appreciate your getting the word out to all your friends and families to vote for this amendment. The fear is that with a low voter turnout, the amendment could very well not pass.
So, please, please pass the word and VOTE for the constitutional amendment. Early voting will take place April 30 – May 5 from 7 am to 7 pm; May 6 from noon to 6 pm and May 7 – May 8 from7am to 7 pm. Election Day is May 12 from 7 am to 7pm.
First, this email has been going around for some time now. Here is a blog post from last year.
Second, Texas votes on May 9, 2009 for local elections. There are no statewide offices/amendments.
Third, IF there is a constitutional amendment to be voted upon it will be in November 2009.
Please see the Texas Secretary of State “What’s on the ballot?”
There are no state or district elections currently scheduled in 2009. Generally, the legislature will pass resolutions to amend the state constitution in an election to be held in November of odd-numbered years. The Texas Legislature is currently in session and this website will be updated after the legislature has taken final action. Please check with your county elections officer for any local elections scheduled in May of 2009.