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Page 4A Hays Free Press September 13, 2017 + Warnings: New system launched Continued from pg. 1A the new alert system would operate much like the federal government Amber alerts system, where a message is sent to registered phone num- bers immediately during an emergency. "WarnCentralTexas. org is a separate system, and a critical tool for local first responders to reachthe affected people during an emergency," the press re- lease stated. ~ ~D Eric Carter, director of Register your . Homeland number at warn- Security with centraltexas.or9 CAPCOG, said in a statement those living in a 10-county region need to sign up if they want to receive alerts on their mobile devices. "Registering through WarnCentralTexas.org adds your line to the no- tification system used by all the county emergency management agencies in our region," Carter said. "Some communities and school districts also have notification systems in place to meet local needs." Carter added that the WamCentralTexas.org system is "used by many communities across our region to issue emergen- cy alerts. The system is also complementary to other alerting systems in use by schools or businesses or government agencies to alert citizens during an emergency situation, Carter said. Alerts issued through WarnCentralTexas are ini- tiated by public safety of- ficials, which are then disseminated to residents. Buda Fire Chief Clay Huckaby supports the system and said "it's very imperative" to get as many people signed up as it will be the first source of informa- tion for .~nts, Huc~~d re~tdents could register their home phone numbers in addi- tion to cell numbers and family numbers that will use a person's number to identify their location and proximity to any critical emergency event in the area. "This is the kind of standard everyone is going to and this would be the best,route for early warning notification," Huckaby said. Small Unit Taxing Notice The City of Mountain City will hold a meeting at 7:00 p.m. on September 20, 2017 atCity Hall, 101 Mountain City Drive, Mountain City, TX 78610 to consider adopting a proposed tax rate fur tax year 2017. The proposed tax ratei~)~:1230 per $100 of value, which is the same r~];last Year~ The proposed tax rate would incre~., otal taxes in the City of Mountain City b3~.67%~s, and increase the City's total tax levy by an estimated $4,261 for the tax year. ~! ........... PUBLIC NOTICE cap on fees associated with a court that is hearing a challenge spouse, who qualifies and re- Brief Explanatory home equity loan, lower the cap to the constitutionality of a state ceives the exemption and then Statements of Proposed from 3% to 2% of the original statute to notify the attorney gen- qualifies a different property as ConstitutionalAmendments principal amount of the exten- oral of that challenge, if the party the surviving spouse's residence sion of credit, and specify that raising the challenge notifies the homestead, receive an exemption Special Election, such fees are in addition to any court that the party is challenging from ad valorem taxation of the November 7, 2017 bona fide discount points used to the constitutionality of such stat- different homestead in an amount buy down the interest rate. The ute. Additionally, the amendment Proposition Number I amendment would further speci- would allow the Texas legislature (H JR 21) fy the list of authorized lenders to to set a period of not more than H JR 21 proposes a constitution- make home equity loans, change 45 days following the notification al amendment that would permit the threshold for an advance of a to the attorney general that the the Texas legislature to expand home equity line of credit, allow court must wait before rendering the circumstances under which a agricultural property owners to partially disabled veteran or their acquire home equity loans, and spouse may qualify for an exemp- update technical terminology tion from ad valoremtaxation of in the Texas Constitution'. The part of the market value of the amendment would be effective veteran's residence homestead, on January 1, 2018, and appli- Currently, the Texas legislature cable only to a home equity loan may provide that a partially dis- made or refinanced on or after abled veteran or their spouse is that date. entitled to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of a percentage The proposed amendment of the market value of the dis- would appear on the ballot as abled veteran's residence home- follows: "The constitutional stead only if the residence home- amendment to establish a low- stead was donated to the disabled er amount for expenses that veteran by a charitable organi- can be charged to a borrower zation at no cost to the veteran., and removing certain finane- The amendment would allow the ing expense limitations fur a a judgment that a state statute is unconstitutional. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: "The constitutional amend- ment authorizing the legis- lature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general uf a challenge to the constitutionality of a State stat- ute and authorizing the legisla- ture to prescribe a waiting pe- riod before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional." Proposition Number 5 equal to the dollar amount of the exemption of the first homestead for which the exemption was re- ceived in the last year in which the surviving spouse received the exemption for that first home- stead. Like the initial exemption, this benefit will only remain available if the surviving spouse has not remarried since the death of the first responder. The pro- posed amendment would apply only to ad valorem taxes imposed for a tax year beginning on or af- ter January 1, 2018. The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows: "The constitutional amend- ment authorizing the legisla- ture to provide for an exemp- tion from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence home- stead of the surviving spouse of Texas legislature to provide that home equity loan, establish- (H JR 100) the exemption also ma2( be taken ing certain authorized lenders HJR 100 proposes a constitution- a first responder who is killed when thgl residence homestead to make a home equity loan, al amendment to provide a more or fatally injured in the fine of was donated, sold, or transferred changing certain options for detailed definition of "profes- duty." to the disabled veteran by a char- the refinancing of home equity sional sports team" for purposes itable organization for less than .loans, changing the threshuld of their charitable foundations, Prop~itionNmnber7 the market value of the residence :for an advance uf a home eq- which the Texas legislature may (B JR 37) : homestead. The amendment also uity line uf credit, and allowing permit to hold charitable raffles. H JR37 proposes a constitutional harmonizes certain related provi- home equity loans on agricul- The amendment also deletes a amdrtdment that would allow the sions of the Texas Constitution. turn! homesteads." requirement that an eligible pro- Texas legislature to make an ex- The proposed amendment will Proposition Number3 appear on the ballot as follows: (SIR 34) "The constitutional amend- SIR 34 proposes a constitution- meat authorizing the legisla- al amendment that would pre- ture to provide for an exemp- vent certain office holders from lion from ad valurem taxation serving indefinitely beyond the of part of the market value of expiration of their term. Office the residence homestead uf a holders who are appointed by partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a par- tially disabled veteran if the residence humestead was do' nated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization fur less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmunizing certain related provisions uf the Texas Consti- tution." : fessional sports team charitable ception to the law regarding the foundation permitted hy~ Tex- award of certain prizes. Currently,: as legislature to hold charitable the Texas Constitution requires ! raffles had to be in existence on thtlTexas legislature to pass law~ .], January 1, 2016. " Pr0~g 19tteri~, r~ffie~:~di~ -oth&? : frro~s Wl,,di~ : IM,~ a~a~, )"] The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: Thepr0posed amcndrii~?;~:] "The constitutional amend- mal~e~ exception tO ~'~fl ment on professional Sports rule tO allow the Texas~)!~/| team charitable: fuuli~l'tions to authorize ~)i!~ ~1 conducting charitable i;~es." other financial instith~bns tO insii- 1 tute programs whil~, in order to Proposition Number 6 encourage savings, wfuld award, (SIR 1) prizes based on luck or cha~c6 to SJR 1 proposes a constitution- the credit union's or financial in- al amendment that would allow stitation's customers the Texas legislature by general law to provide that a surviving The proposed amendment would spouse of a first respunder who appear on the ballot as follows: is.killed or fatally injured in'the "The constitutional amendment line of duty is entitled to receive relating to leg~lative authori- an exemption from ad valorem ty to permit credit unions and taxation from all or part of the other financial institutions to market value on the surviving award prizes by lot to promote spouse's residence homestead, savings." as long as the surviving spouse has not remarried since the death Published by Texas Secretary of of the first responder. It would State Rolando B. Pablos, www. also allow the Texas legislature VoteTexas.gov, 1~800-252-VOTE to provide that the surviving (8683). the Governor and confirmed by the Senate and receive no salary would only be able to serve un- til the last day of the first regular session of the Texas legislature that begins after their term ex- pires. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: "The constitutional amend- ment limiting the service of cer- Propositiun Number 2 tain officeholders appointed by (SIR 60) ::' -~ ii,.i: tae gorY'nor and confirmed by SIR 60 proposes a constituti~:~.;tlle~seaate after the expiration amendment to require that cer' ~0ftti~ person,s term of office." tain condit ons be met for the refinancing of a home equity loan Propositiun Number 4 to be secured by a voluntary lien (StiR 6) on a homestead. The amendment i SIR 6 proposes a constitutional also would: redefine what is ex- amendment that would allow the cluded in the calculation of the Texas legislature to require any on Hays County Emergency Services District No. 9 conducted public meetings on its; ............. proposed budget and tax rate on July 12, 2017, and August 9, 2017. i The Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote on the tax rate at a public meeting to be held on September 13, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kyle Fire Station located at 210 W Moore St. Kyle, Texas. The Plum Creek Conservation District conducted public hearings on September 5, 2017 and September 12, 2017 on a proposal to increase the total tax revenues of the Plum Creek Conservation District from properties on the tax roll in the preceding year by 7.906977 percent. The total tax revenue raised last year at last year's tax rate of O 023000 for each $100 of taxable value was The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this year at the proposed tax rate of 0.023200 for each $100 of taxable value, excluding tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year, is $940,100.27. The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this year at the proposed tax rate of O.023200for each $100 of taxable value, including tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year, is $988,039.71. The Board of Directors is scheduled to vote on the tax rate that will result in that tax increase at a public meeting to be held on September 19, 2017 atPCCD Office Building, 1101 W. San Antonio St., Lockhart, TX 78644 at 1:00 PM + +