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April 9th, 2009
Old e-mail scaring seniors over homestead exemptions, official says


In response to a number of calls and emails regarding an alleged constitutional amendment on the May ballot, Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Luanne Caraway reminds voters that there are no statewide constitutional amendments on the May ballot.

“There was an amendment vote in 2007, but an out-of-date email is circulating again telling voters -– especially seniors -– that the homestead exemption could change,” Caraway said. “That homestead exemption amendment was passed in 2007 and has been applied to the proper tax accounts. Our office has been getting a lot of panic calls and emails from individuals who are concerned that there is another homestead exemption amendment on the ballot, and there isn’t – it’s a done deal.”

Hays County does encourage all of its qualified residents to register to vote. Applications can be obtained at many county offices, post offices and libraries and through the County Web site at as well as the Secretary of State’s voter information Web site at


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