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