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The METRO 2012 General Mobility Program Referendum:

The continued dedication of up to 25% of metro's sales and use tax revenues for street improvements and related projects for the period October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2025 as authorized by Law and with no increase in the current rate of METRO's sales and use tax.

City of Houston, Proposition No. 1:

(Relating to amending the Charter of the City of Houston by repealing (removing) language that is obsolete or has been superseded by state and/or federal law.) Shall the Charter of the City of Houston be amended by repealing (removing) language that is obsolete or has been superseded by other law: Article I, Section 2-a, annexation of territory; Article I, Section 2-b, extension of city boundaries; Article II, Sections 14 and 14a, operation of the Houston Independent School District; Article II, Section 16, paragraph 10, regulation of the price of goods; Article II, Section 16, paragraph 15, which authorizes unequal treatment of the disabled; and Article IX, Section 10, exemption of city employees from jury duty?

City of Houston, Proposition No. 2

(Relating to amending the Charter of the City of Houston to conform initiative, referendum, and recall processes to current law) Shall Article V, Section 10 (adopted 1951), Article VII-a (adopted 1913), and Article VII-b (adopted 1913) of the Charter of the City of Houston be amended to remove obsolete references to party primaries and partisan City elections, to address the impact of current election laws and procedures, and to recognize the existence of council districts in initiative, referendum, and recall petition processes?

City of Houston, Proposition A

The issuance of $144,000,000 public safety improvement bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and equipment of public safety public improvements for police and fire departments and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon.

City of Houston, Proposition B:

The issuance of $166,000,000 park improvement bonds for the conservation, improvement, acquisition, construction and equipment of neighborhood parks, recreational facilities and bayous, including such green spaces along all bayous to create an integrated system of bayou walking, running and bicycle trails to enhance, preserve and protect the health of citizens, water quality, natural habitat and native wildlife and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon.

City of Houston, Proposition C:

The issuance of $57,000,000 permanent public improvement bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, remediation and equipment of permanent improvements that support public health, sanitation and other essential general services of the City and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon.

City of Houston, Proposition D:

The issuance of $28,000,000 library improvement bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and equipment of the public library system and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon.

City of Houston, Proposition E:

The issuance of $15,000,000 affordable housing bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and equipment of affordable housing and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 1

The amendment of Section 9 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to conform this section to state law, to require a description of the annexation ordinance be published in a newspaper after the city council's first reading of the ordinance, and to reduce the number of days between publishing notice of the annexation in the newspaper and taking final action on the annexation.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 2

The amendment of Section 14 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to compensate the members of the City Council for their service up to the following amounts: Mayor --> $1,000/month/Council Members--> $500/month

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 3

The amendment of Section 47 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to conform this section to state law regarding changes/ amendments to the budget, the filing of the budget, and the availability of the budget to the public.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 4

The amendment of Section 47 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to conform this section to state law regarding changes/ amendments to the budget, the filing of the budget, and the availability of the budget to the public

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 5

The amendments of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to repeal Sections 53 and 54 and to amend Section 52 to conform this section to the budget content requirements of state law.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 6

The amendment of Section 55 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to allow contingent appropriations to be used for the proper functioning of the City regardless of any declared emergency and to provide for the proper accounting of such expenditures.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 7

The amendment of Section 57 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to update this section to reference financing tools permitted by state law, including certificates of obligations and revenue bonds.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 8

The amendments of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to repeal Sections 59, 60, 61 and 63, to remove provisions regarding the form, content, title and sale of bonds which are governed by state law.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 9

The amendment of Section 68 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to clarify the legal level of control for fund transfers and to allow fund transfers between departments with the approval of the city council at any time instead of only during the last three months of a budget year.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 10

The amendments of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to repeal Sections 79 and 80 and to amend Section 78 to conform the issuance and terms of anticipation notes to state law.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 11

The amendment of Section 82 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to clarify the ad valorem tax rate limitation is for maintenance and operations of the City and to remove provisions concerning ad valorem tax valuation and assessment which are obsolete due to changes in state law.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 12

The amendments of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to repeal Sections 67(6), 83, 84, 85 and 86 to remove obsolete provisions concerning the assessment and collection of ad valorem taxes governed by state law.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 13

The amendment of Section 97 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to better distinguish between a referendum and an initiative, to limit the matters subject to an initiative ordinance, to set a standard of review by the courts, and to establish 1,000 as the number of qualified voters' signatures required for a valid initiative petition rather than a percentage of the number of all of the qualified voters who voted at the last mayoral election.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 14

The amendment of Section 62 and Section 98 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to remove the permissive referendum on bonds, to better distinguish between a referendum and an initiative, to limit the matters subject to a referendum ordinance, to establish a standard of review by the courts, to extend the time period for which a referendum petition may be filed from 20 days to 365 days, and to establish 1,000 as the number of qualified voters' signatures required for a valid referendum petition, rather than a percentage of the number of all of the qualified voters who voted at the last mayoral election.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 15

The amendment of Section 99 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to conform the initiative and referendum petitions to state law and to require the petition circulator to witness the persons signing the petitions.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 16

The amendment of Sections 104 and 111 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to establish the election date for referendum, initiative and recall elections, as the date of the next regular municipal election for which preclearance is obtained.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 17

The amendment of Section 110 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to require that the statement of the grounds for removal from office which are filed with the city clerk be attached to the petition being circulated.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 18

The amendment of Section 127 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to require members of the City Council as well as officers and employees of the City to comply with applicable state law conflict of interest provisions and to remove unenforceable, overbroad conflict of interest provisions.

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 19

The amendment of Section 138 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to conform the process for charter amendments to state law, to remove the requirement that the proposed charter amendments be mailed to every qualified voter in the city, to add the requirement that the proposed charter amendments be posted on the City's website, and to require a charter review committee be appointed by the city council at least 18 months before the date the City is required to call its regular municipal election.

City of League City, Proposition No. 1

Shall Article II, Sections 1 and 3, and Article III, Section 1, of the City Charter be amended to provide for biennial elections on a uniform election date in even-¬numbered years, and allow a member of Council to serve a four year term rather than a three year term, effective with the 2014 general election, with adjustment of existing terms as necessary (not to ever exceed a one year extension of term) to cause municipal elections to occur every two years on a uniform election date, with the next municipal general election to occur in 2014, instead of every year as currently required for the terms of Mayor and Council members in the Charter?

City of League City, Proposition No. 2

Shall Article Il, Section 2, of the City Charter be amended to provide for more restrictive term limits such that no person may be a candidate for Mayor if serving a second consecutive mayoral term or be a candidate for Council if serving a second consecutive councilperson term? Currently, no person may be a candidate for Mayor if serving a third consecutive term as Mayor, or be a candidate for Council if serving a third consecutive term as a Councilperson.

City of League City, Proposition No. 3

Shall Article II, Sections 1 and 13, of the City Charter be amended to provide that the Mayor shall vote on any ordinance, resolution, action or question presented to the Council, and be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum, as any other member of City Council? Currently, the Mayor is prohibited from voting except in the case of a tie vote of City Council.

City of League City, Proposition No. 4

Shall Article II, Section 11, of the City Charter be amended to provide that a quorum of City Council for the transaction of business shall consist of 5 voting members of City Council? The current provision requires 5 councilpersons, excluding the Mayor, and may be affected by other proposed amendments being submitted, including allowing the Mayor to vote.

City of League City, Proposition No. 5

Shall Article IX of the City Charter be amended to include a new Section 8, in order to prohibit further renewal or deployment of photographic traffic enforcement systems on the City's public rights of way when the contract with Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc. expires pursuant to its terms? A vote "For" this proposition will prohibit future photographic enforcement as specified above, and a vote "Against" will allow the City to continue use of such enforcement.

City of League City, Proposition No. 6

Shall Article II, Section 22, Article V, Section 4, and Article VII, Section 8, of the City Charter be amended to avoid any confusion in interpretation of the existing provisions, by clarifying and adopting uniform language that a super majority consists of a four-fifths majority of the voting members of City Council, specifically including the Mayor, if given the right to vote?

City of League City, Proposition No. 7

Shall Article II, Section 7, of the City Charter be amended to provide that a Councilmember remaining absent for 3 consecutive meetings of Council of any kind, including special meetings or workshops, shall be determined to have vacated office? The current provision provides for determination of vacancy upon a Councilmember remaining absent for 3 consecutive regular meetings of City Council.

Houston Community College System, Proposition

The issuance of $425,000,000 school bBuilding bonds for construction, aAcquisition, and equipment of school buildings in the system, school sites and the levying of the tTax in payment thereof

Houston I.S.D. Proposition

The issuance by houston Independent school district of $1,890,000,000 schoolhouse bonds for the construction, acquisition and equipment of school buildingsIn the district (including the rehabilitation, renovation, eExpansion and improvement thereof) and the purchase of the necessary sites for school buildings, and the levying of the tax in payment thereof.

Northampton Municipal Utility District (MUD) Proposition

The issuance of $38,000,000 of bonds, aAnd the levy of ad valorem taxes aAdequate to provide for the payment of bonds

Northampton Municipal Utility District (MUD) Proposition 1

Designation of defined area

Northampton Municipal Utility District (MUD) Proposition 2

Issuance of $41,000,000 of utility bonds, and the levy of ad valorem taxes to retire the bonds

Northampton Municipal Utility District (MUD) Proposition 3

Issuance of $17,000,000 of road bonds, and the levy of ad valorem taxes to retire the bonds

Northampton Municipal Utility District (MUD) Proposition 4

Levy of a maintenance tax

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