Early voting begins for amendment, bonds

EAST HARRIS COUNTY—Early voting is now underway for a Texas Constitutional amendment as well as $20.5 million bond package for Huffman ISD patrons.
For the amendment, voters will have the opportunity to mark their ballot on an issue that should be of interest to anyone who is, or one day will be 65 or older.
“Last year during the 79th Session of the Texas Legislature, we passed the largest property tax reduction in Texas history, and as a result taxpayers across this great state will be paying significantly less in property taxes,” State Senator Tommy Williams said.
In February of 2007, the legislature passed Senate Joint Resolution 13 (SJR 13) which calls for a change in the Texas Constitution. Currently, homeowners with disabilities or those who are 65 years old or older are eligible to have their school property taxes frozen. This one-time freeze protection is provided to these groups in our Texas Constitution, but in order for them to receive the additional reductions passed during the 79th Session, the Texas Constitution must be amended.
Early voting began April 30 and continues through Tuesday, May 8. Early voting may be conducted at the Remington Park Assisted Living Center on Baker Road in Baytown during regular business hours.
Huffman ISD bonds
The Huffman ISD is seeking voter approval to sell $20.5 million in schoolhouse bonds.
The largest chunk of this, or $10 million, will go to athletic facilities improvements including a new football stadium, weight room and field house and new tennis courts.
The district would using the remaining bonds to build a new administration building and for district-wide technology upgrades.
Early voting will be held May 3 at Huffman Middle School, during the band concert. On May 4 polls will be open at the May Community Center during the Little League games. Voters may cast ballots at Hargrave High on May 7 during the athletic banquet or May 8 during the band concert.