Tax relief tops proposed amendments

 Antoine “Ton” Freeman, Reginald D. Trainer, Charlotte M. Moses

Jefferson County voters, thanks to countywide poling locations, can stop at any number of outlets now until Election Day on Nov. 3 to cast a ballot on proposed constitutional amendments. Those living in certain areas of Port Arthur will also be asked to vote for a new City Council representative, a special election having been called to fill the spot after current councilmember Derrick Freeman announced he would be seeking the mayor’s seat at the next election.

Every registered voter in the county is asked to weigh in on constitutional amendments that include taxation changes. There are seven proposed amendments in all.

No. 1

“The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $15,000 to $25,000, providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, authorizing the legislature to prohibit a political subdivision that has adopted an optional residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation from reducing the amount of or repealing the exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property.”

No. 2

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran who died before the law authorizing a residence homestead exemption for such a veteran took effect.”

No. 3

“The constitutional amendment repealing the requirement that state officers elected by voters statewide reside in the state capital.”

No. 4

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.”

No. 5

“The constitutional amendment to authorize counties with a population of 7,500 or less to perform private road construction and maintenance.”

No. 6

“The constitutional amendment recognizing the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife subject to laws that promote wildlife conservation.” (and)

No. 7

“The constitutional amendment dedicating certain sales and use tax revenue and motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for nontolled roads and the reduction of certain transportation-related debt.”


Jefferson County voters residing in precincts 33-01, 34, 42-01, 43-01, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 57, 58, 59, 70, 71-01, 76, 81, 82, 93, 95, 96, 97, 98, 102-01, 104, 105 are also asked to vote for a new representative to fill Council Member Position 7. Candidates seeking the Position 7 office are Reginald D. Trainer, Charlotte M. Moses, Thomas J. “Tom” Henderson, and Antoine “Ton” Freeman.

Early voting

Early voting ballots can be cast at:

• Beaumont Courthouse – Main location, 1001 Pearl St., Beaumont

• Rogers Park Recreation Center, 6540 Gladys, Beaumont

• Port Arthur Public Library, 4615 Ninth Ave, Port Arthur

• Theodore Johns Library, 4255 Fannett Rd., Beaumont

• Effie & Wilton Hebert Library, 2025 Merriman St., Port Neches

• Port Arthur Sub-Courthouse, 525 Lakeshore Drive, Port Arthur

Early voting lasts Oct. 19-23 and 26-30. Hours of voting are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., with extended voting hours of 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Oct. 29-30.