Voters who turned out in depressingly low numbers, the turnout in Bexar County was a pathetic 6.3% of the county's 904,000 registered voters, Texans approved all nine Constitutional Amendment proposals on the ballot, including the high profile Proposition Six, which will help fund new water projects statewide.
"The Texas economy has taken a big step forward," said House Speaker Joe Straus (R-Alamo Heights) who campaigned hard in favor of the water proposal. "This will allow communities across Texas to secure the water resources needed to foster private sector growth and economic opportunity. Job creators will know that Texas has the water supply they need, and towns and cities will be better prepared for prolonged drought conditions."
The proposal takes $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund, which is overflowing due to the booming oil and gas industry, and will use it to leverage some $50 billion dollars in water supply projects.
The proposal also calls for increases conservation, which is what convinced Luke Metzger, an influential environmental lobbyist and head of Environment Texas, to come on board.
"There will be millions of dollars available to farmers to upgrade irrigation equipment, cities to fix leaking pipes, to business to install more efficient equipment and landscaping," he said. "We like all that."
Voters also approved two amendments designed to benefit veterans and their families. One will allow permanent property tax breaks for permanently disabled veterans who are given homes by charities. The other will allow property tax breaks for the survivors of service personnel killed in action.
"I am so grateful to the voters of Texas for supporting Propositions 1 and 4," said Leticia Van de Putte, who heads the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. "Texas is the number one state in the nation for our veterans, active duty miltiary, and their families and survivors. These changes to our constitution and our property tax code will make life a little easier for those who have given so much."
In other election news, three members of Cibolo City Council may save money but they won't live better thanks to WalMart. Voters defeated two council members and the Mayor Pro Tem, punishing them for their support of building a controversial WalMart store in their community. Two other council members who supported the WalMart was re-elected.
And, it looks like the Eighth Wonder of the World is about to suffer the fate of six of the original Seven Wonders of the World, and become a pile of rubble. Voters in Houston soundly rejected as proposal to spend more than $200 million in bonds to turn the Astrodome, which has been abandoned since 2009, into a convention center.