Texas voters will have 10 Constitutional Amendments to vote on during the Nov. 5, 2019 Election in addition to any local propositions, bonds, or offices. Each amendment was supported by at least two-thirds of the Texas House and Texas Senate and now is before voters like you for approval.
In this guide you’ll find a summary of each proposition and a vote recommendation as well as election information. Below you will also find more information about the Williamson County and City of Austin ballot propositions. I truly hope that you find this Election Overview helpful as you make your plans to head to the polls. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or comments.
ELECTION DAY: Tue. Nov. 5, 2019, polls open 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
EARLY VOTING: Mon. 10/21 – Wed. 10/30, polls open 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thur. 10/31 – Fri. 11/1, polls open 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
VOTE AT: Anderson Mill Limited District, Cedar Park Library, Cedar Park Randalls, Leander City Hall
You may vote at any polling place in Williamson County. Learn more at www.Wilco.org
NOTE: Rep. Bucy intends to vote for Proposition 9 due to its unique impact on the City of Leander and House District 136 with respect to jobs and economic activity.
Proposition A: Road Bonds – SUPPORT
The issuance of $412,000,000 tax bonds for roads
Proposition B: Parks Bond – SUPPORT
The issuance of $35,000,000 tax bonds for park and recreational purposes.
NOTE: According to estimates from Williamson County, the proposed bonds will not increase the county’s tax rate.
City of Austin Propositions
Proposition A: Sports/Entertainment Facility Leases – OPPOSE
Shall a city ordinance be adopted that requires that a sale, lease, conveyance, mortgage, or other alienation of City-owned land for any existing or future youth, recreational, or professional sports facility or any existing or future entertainment facility be approved by a supermajority vote of council (9 of 11 members) and also be approved by the voters at an election for which the City must pay; requires that any site development permits and variances related thereto be approved by a supermajority vote of council (9 of 11 members); requires that site development permits and variances related thereto be approved by the voters at an election for which the city must pay, if the sale, lease, conveyance, mortgage, or other alienation of City-owned land for the facility has not already obtained voter approval; requires that the facility post payment and performance bonds and pay ad valorem taxes, or payments equal to the amount of ad valorem taxes; and requires that all information concerning such sale, lease, conveyance, mortgage, or other alienation shall be disclosed to the public?
The following organizations also oppose this proposition: YMCA of Austin, Long Center, Zach Scott Theater, Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Ballet, Austin Symphony, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin Parks Foundation, Music Venue Alliance, Music Makes Austin, Black Fret, All ATX, Kite Festival, ACL Fest, Food and Wine Festival, SXSW, Trail of Lights, and Fair Play Austin.
Proposition B: HOT and Convention Center Expenditures – OPPOSE
Shall an ordinance be adopted that prioritizes the use of Austin’s Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue by continuing the City practice to spend 15% of the Austin Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue on cultural arts and 15% on historic preservation, limiting the City’s spending to construct, operate, maintain, or promote the Austin Convention Center to 34% of Austin’s Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue, and requiring all remaining Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue to support and enhance Austin’s Cultural Tourism Industry to the potential exclusion of other allowable uses under the Tax code; and requires the City to obtain voter approval and public oversight for convention-center improvement and expansion costing more than $20,000,000?
The following organizations and businesses also oppose this proposition: ACL Live, Antone’s, Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Austin Music Movement, Central Texas Building Trades Council, The Continental Club, ECHO – Ending Community Homeless Coalition, Empire Control Room & Garage, EQ Austin, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Laborers International Union Local 1095, The Long Center, Mohawk, Music Venue Alliance, Red River Cultural District, Save Palm School Coalition, Saxon Pub, Southwest Laborers’ District Council, Stubb’s, SXSW, UMLAUF Sculpture Garden, and The White Horse.