Texas Proposition 4, Financing of Park and Recreation Projects (September 2003)

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Texas Proposition 4, also known as the Parks & Recreation Facilities Act, was on the September 13, 2003 special election ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

Proposition 4/SJR 30 authorized the legislature to allow conservation and reclamation districts to use taxes to develop and finance certain parks and recreation facilities. Also, the amendment authorized the legislature to allow local elections for the issuance of bonds to improve and maintain parks and recreational facilities in the Tarrant Regional Water District or a conservation and reclamation district located in whole or in part in Bastrop, Bexar, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Tarrant, Travis, Waller or Williamson County.

Election results

Proposition 4
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 746,523 56.4%
No576,16443.6%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment relating to the provision of parks and recreational facilities by certain conservation and reclamation districts."[1]

Constitutional changes

Proposition 4 amended Section 59 of Article 16 of the Texas Constitution.

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing direct democracy in Texas

As laid out in Article 17 of the Texas Constitution, in order for a proposed constitutional amendment to be placed on the ballot, the Texas State Legislature must propose the amendment in a joint resolution of both the Texas State Senate and the Texas House of Representatives. The joint resolution can originate in either the House or the Senate. The resolution must be adopted by a vote of at least two-thirds of the membership of each house of the legislature. That amounts to a minimum of 100 votes in the House of Representatives and 21 votes in the Senate.

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