Sixteen constitutional amendments will appear on the November 6 ballot, including Proposition 4, which would authorize up to $1 billion in bonds to pay for maintenance, improvement, repair and construction projects for nine state agencies.
The Proposition 4 ballot language reads, "The constitutional amendment authorizing the issuance of up to $1 billion in bonds payable from the general revenues of the state for maintenance, improvement, repair, and construction projects and for the purchase of needed equipment."
Proposition 4 would provide up to $200 million for 2008-2009 for the Texas Department of Public Safety to pay for new and expanded crime labs serving law enforcement across Texas. These lab expansions would speed up turnaround time for evidence analysis and prepare for caseload growth in the future. Most DPS crime labs are close to 30 years old‑‑with caseloads now up to eight times their original scope.
Proposition 4 also would fund a new Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (driving track) facility in Williamson County. The facility would have driving training areas, classrooms and driving simulators to serve all Texas law enforcement agencies on a scheduled basis.
Lubbock Crime Lab and Regional Office: $36.6 million to expand and improve the crime lab, expand the driver license office and parking and address overcrowding issues as part of a 97,000-square-foot DPS Regional Headquarters.
Other DPS projects covered under Proposition 4:
Bonds like those in Proposition 4 are like low-interest loans. The government sells bonds to investors, then pays them back with interest over time. Bonds are often used to fund deferred maintenance, which can prevent higher costs in the future.
Other agencies included in Proposition 4 are Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Historical Commission, the Department of State Health Services, the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Texas Youth Commission, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Texas Facilities Commission and the Adjutant General's Department.
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|Decision 2007 Election Coverage|
Analyses of Proposed Constitutional Amendments, November 6, 2007