November 4, 2019
Wichita Falls Times Record | By Claire Kowalick
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, and Texans have a chance to vote on a proposition that would dedicate funds to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Texas Historical Commission (THC)
State Constitutional amendment, Proposition 5, would cement an agreement already in place in Texas.
Without any new taxes or raising taxes, Proposition 5 would constitutionally dedicate a portion of state sales tax on sporting goods in Texas to go to the TPWD and THC. The funds would be split 93 percent for TPWD and 7 percent to the THC.
The sporting good sales tax (SGST) is already collected on sporting goods in the state.
Dedicating these funds ensures a reliable and predictable source of income for these agencies to continue to support the state’s natural and historic treasures.
If approved, this funding could be used to help build and open previously undeveloped areas owned by TPWD, like the Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area between Kendall and Bandera County; Davis Hill State Park in Liberty County; Chinati Mountains State Natural Area in Presidio County; Dan A. Hughes Unit of Devils River State Natural Area in Val Verde County and acreage adjacent to the Powderhorn Wildlife Management Area in Calhoun County, slated to be transferred to TPWD for future development as a state park.
The SGST has already helped fund many repair and improvement projects within the Texas State Park System including a new visitors’ centers at Mission Tejas State Park and Franklin Mountains State Park; new cabins at Fort Boggy State Park; restroom and wastewater treatment plant replacement at Garner State Park; replacement of restrooms at Caddo Lake State Park and repairs to the dam at Huntsville State Park.
A list of on-going and completed repair and improvement projects at state parks across Texas can be found online at http://texasstateparks.org/brighterfuture.
For more information on the Nov. 5 election, visit the Texas Secretary of State’s website at https://www.votetexas.gov.