Today Is Election Day In North Texas

Steven Pickering
November 01, 2019 - 8:15 am
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Today is election day in north Texas.

Voters in north Texas are being asked to decide on a variety of bond packages. Some jurisdictions are having school board or city council elections, and there are ten amendments to the state constitution that are up for consideration.

Tarrant County

Voters in the Tarrant County College District will decide on an $825 million bond package. The money would be used to restore existing buildings and build new classrooms.

Projects include a new Student Union and  faculty and staff work spaces at the  Northwest Campus, new permanent buildings to replace temporary classrooms at the Southeast Campus, and replacing heating and cooling equipment at structures throughout the district.

TCC officials say the $825 million bond package would not increase the district's tax rate. The district's last bond election was in 1994. Enrollment has almost doubled since then.

The Arlington ISD is also asking voters to approve a bond package. District officials say the $996 million dollar package would not increase AISD's debt service tax rate.

"Building improvements are planned for all schools," said Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, Arlington ISD superintendent. Four campuses would be demolished and re-built. Those schools are Carter Jr. High and Berry, Thornton and Webb elementary schools.

All AISD schools would get safety and security upgrades. Elementary schools would receive new playgrounds, and the district would also purchase new school buses.

The Keller ISD has a bond package on the ballot totaling $315 million. District officials say passage would not raise KISD's property tax rate. The money would be used to replace Florence Elementary, Heritage Elementary,

Parkview Elementary and Whitley Road Elementary. Other schools would undergo renovations and there would be district-wide  technology and security upgrades.

The Fort Worth ISD is holding an election for Place 4 on the school board. Long-time board member Dr. T.A. Sims retired in July. There are three candidates on the ballot. Johnny Cook-Muhammad is a program manager with the Children and Family Institute. Daphne Brookins has served on the City Council in Forest Hill. Terry D.T. Miles is a singer.

In the City of Keller, residents will vote on allowing liquor stores in their community.

Dallas County

In Dallas County, there are five candidates on the ballot for the State Representative for District 100. It covers parts of east and south Dallas and a small portion of west Dallas. The post was previously held by Eric Johnson, who left that office to become Mayor of Dallas earlier this year. The five candidates on the ballot are all Democrats.

Mesquite is holding elections for Mayor and members of the City Council.

Two school board positions are on the ballot in the Richardson ISD.

The Sunnyvale ISD is holding an election to ratify the tax rate approved earlier this year by school board members. The new rate for maintenance and operations would be a 6.11 percent increase over the existing rate.

The Town of Addison is holding a $70 million bond election. The five propositions would provide funding for reconstruction projects on some of the city’s main roads, improving city recreation facilities, making repairs at other city buildings and purchasing a new traffic management system.

Collin County

In Collin County, some Municipal Utility Districts are holding road bond elections.

The town of Princeton is holding elections for Mayor and City Council. Voters will also decide if terms for Council Members should be set at three years starting in 2020.

Denton County

In Denton County, the City of Denton is holding an election on a $222 million bond package. The four propositions on the ballot cover general street construction and repairs, new facilities for the Denton Police Department, money for new park land and funding for public art.

Texas Constitutional Amendments On The Ballot

There are ten amendments to the Constitution of the State of Texas on the ballot. The amendment that has received the most attention is Proposition 4, which would make it more difficult for state lawmakers to pass a state income tax. It would raise the requirements for a state income tax from a majority vote in Texas House, Texas Senate and a public referendum to a two-thirds majority.

The ten amendments on the ballot are:

Proposition 1 - allowing municipal court judges to serve in more than one city

Proposition 2 - a $200 million bond package for the Texas Water Development Board

Proposition 3 - allowing state lawmakers to exempt some areas from property taxes after a natural disaster

Proposition 4 - making it more difficult to pass a state income tax

Proposition 5  - dedicating taxes on sales sporting goods to the fund the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission

Proposition 6 - authorizing the state legislature to issue $3 billion in bonds to fund the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

Proposition 7 - increasing the amount of money that the General Land Office and State Board of Education can provide to the Available School Fund

Proposition 8 - creating a flood infrastructure fund for the Texas Water Development Board

Proposition 9 - allow state lawmakers to create a property tax exemption for gold held in the Texas Bullion Depository

Proposition 10 - allowing law enforcement agencies to transfer custody retiring service dogs directly to their handlers instead of putting them up for sale to an outside party

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