The Golden Hammer’s recommendations for the November 5 General Election (Early Voting October 21 to November 1)

The Golden Hammer’s recommendations for the November 5 General Election (Early Voting October 21 to November 1)

Kelli Cook, Publisher, The Golden Hammer, and Eric Yollick, Former Publisher

The Golden Hammer (TGH), Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, has made the following endorsements (recommendations) for the November 5 General Election. Early Voting begins today, Monday, October 21, 2019, at 8 a.m.

This newspaper regards two ballot items as particularly important:

  • Constitutional Amendment Proposition 4 bans a state income tax in Texas forever. You should vote FOR Proposition 4.
  • Conroe Independent School District’s (CISD) second bond and tax increase attempt during 2019 appears. You should vote AGAINST both CISD bond propositions.

Here are the critical electoral items on many Montgomery County ballots.

Constitutional Amendments

Proposition 1: “The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”

TGH Recommendation: FOR.

Proposition 2: “The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.”

TGH Recommendation: AGAINST.

Proposition 3:”The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.”

TGH Recommendation: FOR.

Proposition 4: “The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.”

TGH Recommendation: FOR.

Proposition 5: “The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water quality, and history by acquiring, managing, and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes.”

TGH Recommendation: AGAINST.

Proposition 6: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.”

TGH Recommendation: AGAINST.

Proposition 7: “The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.”

TGH Recommendation: AGAINST.

Proposition 8: “The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.”

TGH Recommendation: AGAINST.

Proposition 9: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.”

TGH Recommendation: FOR.

Proposition 10: “The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.”

TGH Recommendation: FOR.

Conroe ISD Proposition A: “The issuance of $653,570,000 school building bonds for the construction, acquisition and equipment of school buildings in the District, the purchase of the necessary sites for school buildings, and the purchase of new school buses, including without limitation new campuses, campus additions, campus renovations, safety and security improvements, and technology infrastructure improvements, and levying of the tax in payment thereof.”

TGH Recommendation: AGAINST.

Conroe ISD Proposition B: “The issuance of $23,800,000 school building bonds for the construction, acquisition and installation of artificial turf on sports fields at Caney Creek High School, College Park High School, Conroe High School, Oak Ridge High School and The Woodlands High School, and levying of the tax in payment thereof.”

TGH Recommendation: AGAINST.

New Caney ISD, Position 6.

TGH Recommendation: Ty Trout.

City of Houston Mayor

TGH Recommendation: Bill King.

The Woodlands Township, Position 5

TGH Recommendation: Shelley Sekula-Gibbs.

The Woodlands Township, Position 6

TGH Recommendation: Ann K. Snyder.

The Woodlands Township, Position 7

TGH Recommendation: Andy DuBois.

 

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