November 5, 2019
KZTV | By Tammy Botello
Texas State Parks will now get a steady stream of income thanks to the overwhelming support of Proposition 5. Texans voted on Tuesday in support of Proposition 5 which is a state constitutional amendment. The entire amount of Sporting Good Sales Tax will be used by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission on public parks and historic sites. The revenue will be used for maintenance and long-term planning of state parks and historic sites. This allows the state to not raise taxes or require additional fees from residents.
Portions of the sales tax was previously allocated to state parks, but with the passing of the new amendment, the entire fund will go to the parks and the historical commission. The Texas Historical Commission never received funding from the tax before.
Proposition 5 Nov. 5 election results:
Yes 811,822 86.82%
No 123,207 13.18%