Category: Election

Vote Count: Dallas bond proposals, Texas amendments headed for approval; Dallas County Schools headed for closure

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DCS took in just more than $18 million in property taxes in 2016, according to tax records. (Photo: Joshua Baethge)

The city of Dallas' billion dollar bond package appeared well on its way to voter approval while Dallas County Schools looked headed for closure as ballots were counted late Tuesday night. Statewide, seven new amendments to the Texas Constitution were headed toward passage.


‘No’ Vote Would Close Bus Service

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DCS took in just more than $18 million in property taxes in 2016, according to tax records. (Photo: Joshua Baethge)

This month, Dallas County voters will determine the fate of an embattled taxing entity that provides bus services for several independent school districts in North Texas.

Highland Park ISD and Dallas ISD are weighing their options on how to proceed if voters shutter Dallas County Schools, the recipient of a one-cent property tax charged to those living within Dallas County.

Dallas ISD officials have prepared a plan for operating an in-house bus system should the agency be dissolved, but HPISD administrators are a little less certain of how they’d accommodate 24 special needs students reliant on the service.


Texas Voters To Consider Seven Amendments

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(Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Texas voters will have the final say this November on seven proposed state constitutional amendments. They range in topic from creating tax exemptions for disabled veterans and first responders to allowing banks and financial institutes to hold raffles to promote savings.

Proposition 1, backed by the Texas Senate during the legislative session, would give disabled veterans or their surviving spouses a property-tax exemption for homes donated by a charity for less than market value.