Down Ballot

While most people with a shred of decency, common sense, and legal pragmatism are focused on defeating state constitutional amendment #2, there are several other items on the ballot for your consideration. There are, of course, no shortage of amendments to that legal etch-a-sketch known as the Texas State Constitution. Aside from the populist hackle-raising content of Prop. 2, though, most of the other amendments are the usual esoteric bullshit that any responsible and effective government would contend with through legislation or policy. You too can feel like a paid government representative by reviewing the summary and analysis made available through the House Research Organization and the Texas Legislative Council before making your decision.

Nestled below the state amendments on the Travis County ballot are three bond elections, whose pragmatic and useful content stands in stark contrast to the other ballot items. Among these is Bond Proposition #2, which is to approve $62 million for the purchase and improvement of parks on both sides of Travis County. The most notable portion of this initiative is the purchase of Reimer’s Ranch property along Hamilton Pool Rd, which will ensure this haven for local climbers and outdoor enthusiasts will remain in the public realm rather than falling victim to future development.

Ironically enough, Bond Proposition #1 contains funding to redesign Hamilton Pool Road. The quaint Hill Country drive, a favorite with bicyclists and sojourner types, has already seen dramatic traffic increases out to Hwy 12 due to growth in Dripping Springs, but these funds specifically address the stretch beyond Hwy 12, where LCRA’s sprawl-inducing waterline will create an inevitable traffic snarl. Oh, what a tangled web we weave …

The usual endorsements are also available from the Chronicle and the Statesman.

1 Comment so far

  1. F.E. (unregistered) on October 28th, 2005 @ 10:24 am

    No on everything but Travis Co. Bond Prop 2.

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