Senator Tommy Williams
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0104

April 27, 2007
Contact: (512) 463-0104

Sen. Williams Reminds Voters of Upcoming Election

Early Voting Begins Monday, April 30 & Election Day, May 12

AUSTIN -- On Saturday, May 12, many Texas cities and independent school districts will be electing mayors, council members, trustees and holding bond elections. Voters will also have the opportunity to mark their ballot on ONE statewide issue which should be of interest to anyone who is, or one day will be 65 or older.

Last year during the 79th Session of the Texas Legislature, we passed the largest property tax reduction in Texas history, and as a result taxpayers across this great state will be paying significantly less in property taxes.

In February of this year, the legislature overwhelmingly passed Senate Joint Resolution 13 (SJR 13) which calls for an important change in our Texas Constitution. Currently, homeowners with disabilities or those who are 65 years old or older are eligible to have their school property taxes frozen. This one-time freeze protection is provided to these groups in our Texas Constitution, but in order for them to receive the additional reductions passed during the 79th Session, the Texas Constitution must be amended.

Early voting begins Monday, April 30 and continues through Tuesday, May 8, and Election Day is set for Saturday, May 12. Your county clerk or elections office can provide you with times and voting sites in your area, and many local papers will also be running voting location information.

Constitutional amendment elections don't always attract lots of voters, but if you believe our disabled and senior citizens deserve this additional relief in their school property tax rates, please join me by casting your ballot in support of SJR 13.