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Next month, Texas voters will have the opportunity to approve several constitutional amendments passed by the Texas Legislature. TMPA would like to take this time to ask you to vote YES on PROP 6. PROP 6 would allow partial or total property tax exemption for surviving spouses of first responders killed or fatally injured in the line of duty. This November, we ask you to please remember the sacrifice of our fallen first responders and vote YES on PROP 6 to help ease the burden on their surviving family members.



Comments:
I'm on board!
Posted by Sasquatch at 10/13/2017 12:23:56 PM

Absolutely will vote yes
Posted by LE at 10/14/2017 12:59:46 PM

I would like the Legislature to focus its efforts on reducing or eliminating the property and school tax burden on qualifying senior citizens.

A special state fund already exist which provides $500,000 for the families of officers who die on the job, plus free state college tuition and stipends are made available for surviving children.

Then there is another $300,000 available in federal benefits.

Realizing this may be unpopular with some, exempting a specific category of people, regardless of how deserving, results in an increased tax burden on other homeowners.

Know all the facts first and then vote logically.
Posted by Nick Elodeon at 10/14/2017 4:37:16 PM

Nick,

Before you opine, you need to strap on a uniform, badge, and gun. Then make the salary of a police officer to support a family on top of having to work overtime and extra jobs to make ends meet.... every single week of the year..... once you have seen the death, the cruelty, the horror, and the blind ignorance of the people police officers deal with every single day.... then you can have your property and school tax burden removed for senior citizens. Oh, by the way, I can only imagine what you know about real law enforcement is what you see on TV or read about on social media. You sir, disgust me. Thank you for your time....
Posted by LEO at 10/14/2017 7:35:48 PM

LEO, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about my comment.

I received my peace officer's license when Fred Toler was the director and Walter Rankin was the chairman.

Having worked in almost every every corner of Harris County over the past 32 years I have had the opportunity to see the death, the cruelty, the horror, and the blind ignorance of the people police officers deal with every single day, including the ignorance of other police officers.

During that time I have worked days, evenings, and nights and in the worst of weather. I have driven vehicles where either the air conditioner didn't work during the Summer or the heater didn't work during the Winter.

I have missed spending time with my family on holidays and my children's birthday parties. I have worked my share of extra jobs too just to try and make ends meet.

During that time I bought a home, put four children through college and even earned an undergraduate degree.

I have dedicated the best years of my life to serving the public and now that I am approaching my golden years, I often wonder what impact ever increasing property and school taxes will have on my pension and Social Security.

If you have read Proposition 6 then you know it isn't just for police officers who are killed or fatally injured in the line of duty. It covers the following as well.

1. Probation officers
2. Parole officers
3. Jailers
4. Members of police reserves who regularly assist officers in enforcing criminal laws
5. Custodial personnel of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice
6. Guards of county jails
7. Juvenile correctional employees
8. Employees of the Department of Aging and Disability Services or Department of State Health Services who perform maximum-security work or on-site services for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
9. Employees subject to certification by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection
10. Aircraft crash and rescue firefighters
11. Members of an organized volunteer fire-fighting unit
12. Emergency medical services volunteers
13. Emergency care attendants
14. Fire department chaplains
15. Law enforcement chaplains
16. Texas Department of Criminal Justice chaplains
17. Employees of the Department of Public Safety who are involved in certain law enforcement operations
18. Employees of the Parks and Wildlife Department who are involved in certain law enforcement operations


I believe I have walked more than a mile.

Posted by Nick Elodeon at 10/15/2017 4:21:19 PM

Wow, LEO (and everyone else who verbally attacks a person they dont even know), nobody forced you to choose the way you earn a living. Or have kids. Like the army drill sergeant says, "if we wanted you to have a wife, we'd issue you one."

I will be looking at the complete text of all proposed legislation, not just the " bait and switch" cute little paragraph presented to the voters. Usually this can be found at Texas Legislation Online. Hope you all do the same before you vote.

And thank you to NickE for posting the info. That's a good 'heads-up' for what is there.

Posted by Knick Kname at 10/16/2017 7:25:55 PM

And just going by the listing here, it does not seem to include the calltakers/ dispatchers who are actually the "first" to "respond" to a victim who calls for help.

To the public, First Responders are police, fire, and EMS. That's it. Not custodians (janitors?) or parole officers.

Like I said previously, read the actual bill itself.
Posted by Knick Kname at 10/16/2017 7:39:16 PM

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