Group Sues to Kill County Health District’s Prop 1
The polls have been open since 7 this morning for early voters in Travis County ahead of the Nov. 6 election. One of the ballot questions Travis County voters are seeing is Proposition 1, which would raise property taxes to help pay for a medical school and teaching hospital. But a group called the Travis County Taxpayers Union is trying to get that proposition off of the ballot.
The group filed a lawsuit over the weekend contending that the description on the ballot is written in a way that encourages voters to approve the proposition.
“The district went over double the allowed number of words that are on there,” said Stephen Casey, the group’s lawyer. “There’s not a word limit, it just says, here’s the language to put in there, and here’s what to fill in. And that’s not what they’re doing. They said, ‘OK, we’re going to put that language in there, but then we’re going to tell you all these nice things we want to do with this money,’ and some of those things are not even within the mission of the health care district.”
The group wants a judge to step in and prevent ballots from being counted until the language is changed. Central Health approved Prop 1’s ballot language on Aug. 15.