Bad web info! Bad! Bad!

The Chronicle would like to remind you that you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Or in your Inbox, for that matter.

The Internet is the wonder of our age — a peerless tool for assembling information quickly. But, as we all know, it can also be a wickedly effective tool for creating mischief. Regrettably, it’s being used that way in the statewide debate over one of the amendments to the Texas Constitution, to be decided in the Nov. 3 election. Informed voters need to know this and act accordingly.

The trouble relates to Proposition 3 on the ballot, one of three proposed constitutional amendments relating to the collection of ad valorem taxes on real property. All three merit a yes vote.


Unfortunately, a misbegotten e-mail campaign has been launched against this proposition. This is downright harmful to the interests of Texas property taxpayers, who shoulder the load for most of the expense of public education and a good bit of the cost of local government.

Those who would sidetrack Prop 3 evidently believe that the word uniform somehow makes this a stalking horse for a statewide property tax.

Which is expressly forbidden by the state constitution, so no worries. Not that I could tell you why exactly such a thing would be so horrible, but then I’m not the type of person who generally bases decisions like that on multiply-forwarded emails. I’m not sure that showing this op-ed to someone who does make their decisions in that fashion will have much effect, but I suppose one must try.

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