About Proposition 5: Texas Constitutional Amendments

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This post is from Burnt Orange Report's coverage of the 2009 Constitutional Amendment election. For coverage of the 2011 Constitutional Amendment election, CLICK HERE.

Early voting is on for the Constitutional Amendments election. Yesterday and today, Burnt Orange Report is providing some information about the 11 propositions on the ballot. Our aim is to give a broad sense of how different Texas entities perceive these amendments. In the table below, we've compiled their yea, nay, or no-endorse. Sources are all linked at the bottom. Friday, BOR will issue our official endorsements on some or all of these amendments. For more on the Amendment process, see the post on Amendment 1.




Proposition 5: Allowing Consolidated Boards of Equalization for Appraisal Districts


“The primary function of a board of equalization is to hear appeals of the appraised value of taxable property and to resolve disputes between taxpayers and the appraisal district. … This amendment would allow the Legislature to authorize a single board of equalization for two or more adjoining appraisal entities that want to consolidate their appraisal review process.” –League of Women Voters Guide

Source: Endorsement:
Austin Chronicle: YES. “But entirely trivial. If you need to do this by constitution, you don't have one.”
El Paso Times: YES. “Consolidating appraisal review boards could help, particularly rural counties, find more-qualified people to sit on the boards.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: NO. “Adjacent counties can already consolidate their appraisal districts and thus their appraisal review boards. … Consolidation as already allowed makes sense. Prop 5 is a solution searching for a problem.”
Houston Tea Party Patriots: YES. “Many rural counties have a difficult time finding enough qualified and willing candidates to sit on their appraisal review boards. Proposition 5 would let counties join together to form consolidated appraisal review boards.”
Sen. Kirk Watson's “Watson Wire:” YES. It “allows adjoining appraisal districts or similar entities to consolidate their review board functions so they can be more efficient.”

These posts will continue throughout the day. Endorsements by the Burnt Orange Report staff will follow on Friday.

Sources:

League of Women Voters Guide (PDF)

Austin Chronicle Endorsements, October 16, 2009

El Paso Times, October 18, 2009

Fort Worth Star-Telegram Endorsements, October 16, 2009

Houston Tea Party Patriots, October 15, 2009

Sen. Kirk Watson's Watson Wire, October 12, 2009

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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