“The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing
state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and
Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural
areas, water quality, and history by acquiring, managing, and improving state and
local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use
taxes.Proposition 5 provides much needed support for state parks
Tomorrow, November 5th, is the last day to vote FOR Proposition 5, which would dedicate existing state funds to fill critical needs for underfunded state parks and historical sites.
Texas state parks and historical sites showcase our state’s natural beauty and its rich and diverse cultural heritage. However, a lack of reliable funding has led to more than $800 million in needed repairs at our parks and historical sites. As a result, some buildings and facilities have been forced to close, while others experience overcrowding.
Proposition 5 on this November’s ballot is a proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution that would dedicate existing state funds to pay for the maintenance of our state parks and historical sites. Its passage would make sure that current and future generations have the opportunity to enjoy our state’s great outdoors and appreciate its storied past.
If passed, Proposition 5 would dedicate a portion of the state revenue that is already being collected from the existing Sporting Goods Sales Tax to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to maintain state parks and historical sites.
In 1993, the Texas Legislature identified the Sporting Goods Sales Tax as a means to fund state parks and historical sites. Without constitutional dedication, only about 40 percent of the revenue collected since then has been appropriated to its intended purpose, with the rest being used to fill gaps elsewhere in the state budget. Proposition 5 does not create a new tax, but rather makes sure that the revenue collected from the Sporting Goods Sales Tax provides Texas state parks and historical sites with the reliable funding stream they need.
Vote YES for Proposition 5 tomorrow. More information about Proposition 5 may be found online at www.supporttexasparks.org.
All Propositions here: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/2019-propositions.pdf