Unless we protect Texas' natural areas & historic sites, we will lose the very things that make Texas special.
Vote YES on Prop. 5 on Nov. 5, 2019
Our parks are an affordable way for Texas families to enjoy the great outdoors together.
Vote YES on Prop. 5 on Nov. 5, 2019.
Texas has an incredible system of state parks and historic sites that help preserve our heritage and provide important recreational and educational opportunities for Texas families. But our parks and historic sites are overflowing and stretched to the limit as Texans seek out outdoor opportunities in a state that is 95% privately owned. State park visitation alone is nearing 10 million visitors annually.
All of those visitors coupled with chronic underfunding has placed a strain on an aging system with outdated infrastructure. If we are to meet growing demand and ensure future generations can enjoy these sites and the great outdoors, the system needs a dedicated stream of funding. This fall, Texans have an opportunity to do just that.
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 which Texans will be asked to vote.
Prop. 5 will dedicate revenue from the Sporting Goods Sales Tax, so those dollars can only be used by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission on public parks and historic sites, and not for any other purposes. Importantly, Prop. 5 requires no new taxes or fees.
A YES vote on Prop. 5 on Nov. 5 will protect Texas’ natural areas and historic sites, so we don’t lose the very things that make Texas a special place in which to live.Election Information
"Supporting our state parks and historic sites is an investment in our future and provides a gateway to the outdoors for every Texan." - State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst
"Our parks and historical sites are a key component of Texas’ heritage and must be preserved for future generations..." - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick
"Our state parks and the department’s stewardship of state lands, wildlife, and habitats are also central to fishing, hunting, outdoor sporting, and tourism industries. These combine for billions of dollars in annual economic impact and more than one million Texas jobs." - State Rep. John Cyrier