2012 HARRIS COUNTY INFORMED VOTERS’ BALLOT GUIDE

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Progress Texas recommends to our members to vote YES on all propositions and bond proposals. CITY OF HOUSTON PROP. 1
Shall the Charter of the City of Houston be amended by repealing (removing) language that is obsolete or has been superseded by other law: Article I, Section 2-a, annexation of territory; Article I, Section 2-b, extension of city boundaries; Article II, Sections 14 and 14a, operation of the Houston Independent School District; Article II, Section 16, paragraph 10, regulation of the price of goods; Article II, Section 16, paragraph 15, which authorizes unequal treatment of the disabled; and Article IX, Section 10, exemption of city employees from jury duty?

OUR RECOMMENDATION

VOTE YES

CITY OF HOUSTON PROP. 2

OUR RECOMMENDATION

Shall Article V, Section 10 (adopted 1951), Article VII-a (adopted 1913), and Article VII-b (adopted 1913) of the Charter of the City of Houston be amended to remove obsolete references to party primaries and partisan City elections, to address the impact of current election laws and procedures, and to recognize the existence of council districts in initiative, referendum, and recall petition processes?

VOTE YES
OUR RECOMMENDATION

METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY REFERENDUM

The continued dedication of up to 25% of Metro’s sales and use tax revenues for street improvements and related projects for the period October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2025 as authorized by law and with no increase in the current rate of Metro’s sales and use tax.

VOTE YES VOTE YES VOTE YES VOTE YES

CITY OF HOUSTON BOND PROP. A

OUR RECOMMENDATION

The issuance of $144,000,000 public safety improvement bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and equipment of public safety improvements for police and fire departments and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon.

CITY OF HOUSTON BOND PROP. B

OUR RECOMMENDATION

The issuance of $166,000,000 park improvement bonds for the conservation, improvement, acquisition, construction and equipment of neighborhood parks, recreational facilities and bayous, including such green spaces along all bayous to create an integrated system of bayou walking, running and bicycle trails to enhance, preserve and protect the health of citizens, water quality, natural habitat and native wildlife and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon.

CITY OF HOUSTON BOND PROP. C
The issuance of $57,000,000 permanent public improvement bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, remediation and equipment of permanent improvements that support public health, sanitation and other essential general services of the City and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon.
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OUR RECOMMENDATION

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CITY OF HOUSTON BOND PROP. D

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OUR RECOMMENDATION

The issuance of $28,000,000 library improvement bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and equipment of the public library system and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon.

VOTE YES VOTE YES

CITY OF HOUSTON BOND PROP. E
The issuance of $15,000,000 affordable housing bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and equipment of affordable housing and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon.

OUR RECOMMENDATION

HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM PROPOSITION

OUR RECOMMENDATION

The issuance of $425,000,000 school building bonds for construction, acquisition, and equipment of school buildings in the system, school sites and the levying of the tax in payment thereof.

VOTE YES VOTE YES

HOUSTON I.S.D. PROPOSITION
The issuance by Houston Independent School District of $1,890,000,000 schoolhouse bonds for the construction, acquisition and equipment of school buildings in the district (including the rehabilitation, renovation, expansion and improvement thereof) and the purchase of the necessary sites for school buildings, and the levying of the tax in payment thereof.

OUR RECOMMENDATION

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