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Water, roads and constitutional amendments were the repeated topics at Thursday’s Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) board meeting in Woodville. Guest speaker, State Representative, James White, talked on behalf of Constitutional Amendment Number 6 on the November election ballot. It calls for a method of funding the state water development plan. The legislature had approved the statewide water development plan in previous sessions, but did not fund it. With the issue brought to the forefront by the drought, the proposed constitutional amendment diverts state rainy day funds for the use of the Texas Water Development Board. Representative White also reviewed the vehicle weight bill passed by the legislature. The new legislation was prompted by weight issues with the old regulations affect-
State Representative, James White , speaks on the proposed constitutional amendment funding the Texas Water Plan. Shown are DETCOG President, Wes Suiter (from left), Representative White, DETCOG First Vice President, Roy Boldon, DETCOG Second Vice President, Martin Nash and DETCOG Secretary, Leroy Hughes. ing logging and gas well servicing trucks in Deep East Texas. With changes in axel, total vehicle weights and permitting processes it sought a compromise between the truckers and the people that build and maintain the roads. The President of the Deep East Texas Rural Transportation Planning Organization, Nacogdoches
City Manager, Jim Jeffers, also addressed the DETCOG Board. He spoke in support of the proposed constitutional amendments that would place money from the state’s reserve fund into the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) budget. Saying the available $1.2 Billion brought in by the vehicle fuels tax was not even sufficient to maintain the current
Cents htm. 2. A SWIFT water plan Texas has been named the top U.S. state in which to do business by various groups over the past few years. A gap begins to form between the amount of resources available and the projected demand for water as more and more people are moving to Texas for jobs and new businesses. If passed, Proposition 6 will create the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) and two billion dollars will be transferred from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to SWIFT to finance projects in the State Water Plan. SWIFT will help to put an emphasis on conservation, reuse
and rural projects in the hope that we can continue our legacy of being one of the strongest state economies in the U.S.
their surviving spouse. These two propositions are a way that we as a state can honor and recognize the sacrifices of these brave men and women and their families.
3. Proposition 1 and 4 Two amendments that will be presented to the voters in November involve property tax exemptions related to military service. If passed, Proposition 1 would allow the surviving spouse of a U.S. armed service member, who was killed in action, to be exempt from paying local property taxes for all or part of the market value of their home. Proposition 4 would provide a property tax exemption on a home that was donated by a charitable organization to a partially or fully disabled veteran or
4. Have your photo ready Voters will be required to show photo identification when they go to the polls beginning with early voting on October 21st. With the exception of a U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before it is presented at a polling location. Voters can use IDs that do not match the name on their voter registration exactly, but they will be required to sign an affidavit stating they are the same
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person. Some of the approved forms of identification include: • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph •United States passport Any voter who is over the age of 65 and those with a disability may vote by mail and are not required to have a photo ID. If you have not registered to vote or have questions about your registration, I encourage you to go to www. votetexas.gov or call 1-800-252-VOTE (8683) before the October 7th deadline.
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system of state roads. Jeffers urges support of the two constitutional amendments funding TxDOT, both authored by State Senator, Robert Nichols. In other news, DETCOG Executive Director, Walter Diggles, reported on bids received for the 2013 annual audit. The Board approved the audit firm
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5. Friday Night Lights Fall and the familiar glow of stadium lights at your local high school on a Friday night seem to go hand in hand. With 102 school districts in Senate District 3, we are lucky to have many teams to cheer for in the upcoming weeks. Did you know that since 2000 the high school football teams in East Texas have won a cumulative 10 state championships, spanning over all divisions? I look forward to seeing more championships brought home to East Texas and I encourage you to get out and support our students at their next sporting event.