<strong>Early Voting Starts, My Thoughts, and Where to Vote</strong>
Early voting begins Monday and there are a number of races on the ballot for all levels of government—local, state, and federal. As we always do right before the polls open, we are sending out information to help you know where you can vote and the dates for doing so.
And because I am often asked about who I will cast my vote for, I will share my thoughts on this as well. In all partisan races the choice is clear for me – I will be supporting Republican candidates (especially that James Frank candidate as I do have opponents this time) because I believe conservative principles and vision will provide the best direction for our state in a time of growing federal government and cultural disintegration.
There are however some races that are wholly non-partisan in nature, like that of your local school board. Though I historically do not make endorsements on local races, there are two exceptions on this ballot and they both happen to be for the same name: Jim Johnson. One of the Jims is running for the WFISD School Board District 5 slot. I have known Jim a long time and believe he’d bring his financial acumen and fresh perspective to a school board that needs both.
Additionally, as many of you are aware, the other Jim Johnson that I have endorsed is the Republican candidate to be the next Wichita County Judge. Having worked alongside him for nearly a decade and knowing his talents, character and temperament, I believe with all of my heart that he is the right person for that important job.
Though federal and statewide elections often get the most media attention and money, it is frequently the local races that have the most impact on our day-to-day lives. Therefore, I strongly urge everyone to take the time to fill out their ballot all the way to the bottom to make sure your voice is heard on local races.
Ultimately, it is up to you to decide for yourself what candidates will best serve us at all levels and cast your vote for them. We are extremely blessed to be able to choose our representatives in government; let’s take advantage of that blessing.
Constitutional Amendment Election Starts Today and Property Taxes April 25, 2022
I know it felt like we just had an election, but we have another one starting today when voters will have the opportunity to vote on two potential amendments to our state constitution. Early voting runs from April 25th through May 3rd and election day itself is on May 7th.
Both of the amendments up for consideration for this election deal with reducing property taxes. The ballot language may seem confusing so here is my take on the amendments–I hope you will consider voting “FOR” these propositions as you cast your ballot!
In plain English, Proposition 1 would lower the cap on taxable value (“freeze value”) for seniors and those with disabilities. If it passes, it will lower school district tax bills for seniors and those with disabilities. Proposition 2 raises the homestead exemption for homeowners from $25K to $40K so that they pay taxes on a smaller amount of their value.
As a reminder, for amendment proposals to make it onto the ballot, they must first be approved in the form of a Joint Resolution by a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the Texas Legislature. It is difficult to get the necessary votes to get an amendment on the ballot. As such, most amendments are fairly non-controversial and easily approved by voters.
Both of the proposed constitutional amendments in this election were passed during the special sessions this past fall.
Additionally, I recently posted a fairly lengthy explainer on Facebook about why the huge increases in property appraisals do not mean commensurate huge increases in your property tax bills next year. We’ve included that post in the body of the newsletter below but the summary is this:
- The appraised value is just the first step in a 5-6 step process to eventually determine your total tax bill.
- Unless local taxing entities (county, city, school district) ask for voter approval, they WILL HAVE TO REDUCE TAX RATES substantially specifically because the values have gone up so much.
Please reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns on these or other topics.