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Voters approve DPISD bond, state propositions

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Americans went to the polls Tuesday. In Texas, voters overwhelmingly approved several constitutional amendments that were on the November ballot. Locally, Deer Park ISD voters approved a $156 million bond proposal from the school district by a wide margin.

Deer Park ISD constituents overwhelmingly approved a $156 million bond proposal that includes rebuilding W. A. Carpenter Elementary and drastic improvements to both the Deepwater and Deer Park junior high campuses.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 74.7 percent of voters (1,187 total votes) approved the bond, Deer Park ISD’s first bond election since 2010. In a press release, Deer Park ISD stated the Carpenter Elementary reconstruction project will be among the first events.

“On behalf of the students of Deer Park ISD, I want to thank the voters for their continued support,” Superintendent Victor White said. “This bond proposal will help us provide the tools our children need to succeed in a constantly-changing world.”

White pledged to complete the bond projects as presented to the community. “We don’t mistake the high passing rate of the bond proposal as a mandate to do whatever we want,” White said. “We will move forward with the bond projects approved by the voters in a transparent, conservative manner so that this community gets more than its money’s worth. Our goal is to deliver more than what is expected with as little impact on our taxpayers as possible.”

In statewide elections, voters overwhelmingly approved all seven state constitutional amendments on the ballot.

The propositions included:

exempting 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,
establishing a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing of home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads,
limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate after the expiration of the person's term of office,
authorizing the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional,
expanding the number of professional sports foundations that can host raffles at their sporting events,
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 first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty, and
permitting credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings