Thanks to a bill
passed by the Texas Legislature, Texans now have a chance to make their voices
heard about funding for state and local parks and historic sites.
On November 5, 2019,
Texans will head to the polls for a Constitutional Amendment Election. Proposition 5 or “Prop. 5” is
one of 10 measures on the ballot. Prop. 5 will dedicate revenue from the existing Sporting Goods
Sales Tax, so those dollars can only be used by the Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department (TPWD) and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) on public parks and
historic sites. Some of these dollars will also be used for local park grants
through TPWD’s local park grant program.
If passed, Prop. 5 will not create any
new taxes or fees but will provide millions of additional dollars for park
funding each year.
State Senator Lois
Kolkhorst and State Representative John Cyrier championed the bill to put the
measure before voters because they want to ensure that our parks and historical
sites have consistent, reliable funding for generations to come. The bill
passed with near unanimous support, and more than 75 organizations representing hundreds
of thousands of conservationists, land owners, hunters, anglers, business
leaders and outdoor enthusiasts are supporting it.
Now it’s our turn. On
November 5, Texans will have the opportunity to vote YES on Prop. 5 to protect Texas'
natural areas, water quality and history. Early voting starts on October 21.
For more information go to SupportTexasParks.org