Election recap: Austin ballot props rejected; Expo Center tax, WilCo bonds pass

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November 06, 2019 - 7:43 am
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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Voters across the state took to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots on a number of statewide constitutional amendments and local propositions.

Nine of the ten statewide constitutional amendments passed, including one that prohibits the state from establishing an income tax. The only amendment that failed across the state was Proposition 1, which would have allowed for elected municipal judges to serve in more than one jurisdiction.

Voters across Travis County approved Proposition A, which sets aside a portion of the hotel occupancy tax to help fund improvements to the Travis County Expo Center. At the moment, the move only affects hotels located in the county but outside of the city of Austin - where the maximum tax rate is already being collected to pay for improvements to the Austin Convention Center.

Two citizen-initiated propositions in the City of Austin failed Tuesday night. Proposition A, which grew out of the recent fight over a Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place, would have required a supermajority of the city council and voter approval on any city property used as a sports or entertainment venue.

Austin's Proposition B also failed Tuesday night. It would have required voter approval on any expansion or renovation of the Austin Convention Center totaling $20 million or more; the language would also have capped the amount of hotel occupancy tax revenue that could go to the convention center at 34%.

Voters in Williamson County approved nearly a half billion dollars' worth of bond projects aimed at transportation issues and parks and recreation improvements across the county. School bonds in Manor and Del Valle aimed at dealing with student enrollment growth passed as well.

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