Kerrville voters were in favor of granting changes to the city’s charter on Tuesday night, except when it came to expanding the powers of the mayor and deleting a requirement that the city’s finance director and other city leaders carry a bond.
On Tuesday, 16 of the 18 proposed changes to the city’s charter were headed to victory — most easily. However, Proposition P and Proposition R were both trailing, and P was headed for defeat.
Proposition P would have authorized the mayor to create and make appointments to ad hoc committees and to do it without action from the City Council. Prop. P had 60% of voters voting against it.
Kerrville Mayor Bill Blackburn said he was impressed with the turnout and the support of the community to pass the proposition — even if one curbed some of the power of his office.
“We had a citizens group that worked very hard, and I feel good about the outcome,” Blackburn said about the charter changes.
Proposition R would have deleted a requirement that the finance director to carry a bond. This race was closer with 54% voting against the deletion of the requirement.
About 19% of Kerr County’s electorate turned out to vote, but it was one of the highest turnouts for a non-candidate election in years.
Most of the city’s proposed changes were headed to runaway victories, thanks to early voters. The city’s changes asked voters to restrict alcohol sales from neighborhoods to removing a “The” from a part of the charter. Interestingly, Proposition L, which removed the said “The,” had 254 vote against removing the word — about 9%.
Proposition N, which moved to streamline the budgeting process, was passing with 80% of the vote. Proposition Q, which aimed to streamline how the city handles bids for franchised services, was also passing with 78% of the vote.
Across the state, voters were on their way to passing nine of 10 amendments to the Texas Constitution. The only one to fail was Proposition 1, which would have allowed a municipal court judge to hold more than one judgeship.
The rest of the propositions were winning handily, including Proposition 4, which would severely limit Texas from ever adopting a personal income tax.
Gov. Greg Abbott declared an early victory on the proposition in a statement released Tuesday evening.
“Today’s passage of Prop. 4 is a victory for taxpayers across the Lone Star State,” Abbott said. “I am grateful to Representative Jeff Leach for his bold leadership on this issue, and for the overwhelming majority of Texans who voted to ensure that our great state will always be free of a state income tax. This ban on such a disastrous tax will keep our economy prosperous, protect taxpayers and ensure that Texas remains the best state to live, work, and raise a family.”
Proposition 10, which cleared a bureaucratic requirement about the adoption of former public safety dogs, was winning with 95% of voters saying yes to doing away with a law that forced agencies to auction off service dogs instead of allowing them to remain with their handlers.
Another big winner on Tuesday night was Texas’ state parks. Voters were 85% in favor of strengthening the requirement that sales taxes from sporting goods go back into recreational spending for the parks and historic places.
Proposition 6, which allows for an increase of bonds allocated to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, was also ahead with 65% of the vote, according to unofficial results.
Voters were also overwhelmingly in favor of Proposition 8, which would set aside $800 million from the state’s rainy day fund for flood mitigation efforts. The amendment was approved by the Legislature following Hurricane Harvey’s devastation along the Texas coast. The proposition netted 78% of the vote, according to unofficial results.