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Texans approve constitutional amendments

Synopsis

Texas voters approved eight constitutional amendments November 2, including one supported by the Texas Apartment Association supporting transportation and infrastructure.


Key takeaways

  • Texas voters approved a slate of eight constitutional amendments in the general election November 2.
  • One of the approved amendments gives counties the same authority cities have to create transportation reinvestment zones to collect sales and property taxes in order to pay back the cost of new roads and highways that have generated development in counties.
  • TAA supported Proposition 2, the transportation and infrastructure amendment.
  • In a special election, San Antonio voters elected John Lujan (R) for House District 118 by a narrow margin.

On November 2, around 1.5 million Texans went to the polls to decide on eight constitutional amendments proposed by the Texas Legislature during the 2021 Legislative Session. All eight amendments were approved, including Proposition 2, which the Texas Apartment Association supported.

Proposition 2 gives counties the authority to create transportation reinvestment zones, meaning they can collect sales and property taxes generated by development in areas where the county built new roads and highways in order to pay back the costs of the projects.

Cities in Texas currently have this authority, which has proven beneficial in creating better infrastructure in traditionally “blighted” areas. No tax increases are created by using this authority, and the taxes collected are only able to pay back non-toll road projects.

The TAA Legislative Committee directed TAA to publicly support Proposition 2, given the recent nationwide focus on infrastructure improvement. Creating better roads and highways should in turn improve the infrastructure surrounding rental properties statewide.

Voters in San Antonio also elected John Lujan (R) in the special election for House District 118 by a very narrow margin. Lujan previously held the seat but was then defeated by a Democratic challenger. The district is typically considered to lean Democratic, and Lujan will again be on the ballot for the 2022 primary and general elections.

Other amendments voters approved allow charitable raffles at certain sporting events, prohibit governmental entities from limiting religious services, provide property tax breaks for certain individuals, allow essential caregivers to be designated in some cases, and make some changes in judicial qualifications and the powers of the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.

You can see full results from the November 2 statewide proposition election here: https://results.texas-election.com/races.

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