Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal
Citizens of Jim Wells, Duval and Kleberg counties, along with those across the state of Texas showed overwhelming support for Proposition 1 on the statewide ballots. As of midnight Sunday, 97 percent of the precincts in Texas had reported in to the Secretary of State's office, with 87.84 percent of the voters, or 800,179 Texans in favor of the proposition that would authorize the legislature to provide tax relief to elderly or disabled taxpayers who did not receive tax relief as a result of the school tax rate reduction passed in the 79th Legislature. Elderly homeowners over 65 and those who are disabled currently have a tax freeze on their homestead properties for public school taxing purposes. When lawmakers passed a one third tax reduction for Texas homeowners on their ad valorem taxes for 2006 and 2007, the elderly and disabled were left out of the benefit. The amendment will correct that oversight, to reflect the reduction in rate for the 2006 and 2007 tax years.
In Jim Wells County, with a total of 6 precincts, the turnout for the county election was at 4.17 percent. A total of 907 registered voters voted in favor.
of Proposition 1, with 206 voting against. Duval County showed a much lower voter turnout, with only 1.3 percent of eligible voters coming out to the polls.
In all, 122 of these voters, or 95 voted in favor of the ballot amendment.
Kleberg County saw slightly higher numbers of the three counties, with 6.06 percent of registered voters making their way to the polls this election cycle. A total of 89.6 percent of Kleberg County voters or 1,018 voters approved of Proposition 1.