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The 2017 Denton City Council and Proposition Election

Candidate profiles, forum and campaign finance coverage, along with other stories from the 2017 local race

The 2017 Denton City Council and Proposition Election
Three hopefuls vie to represent Denton's west side

Three hopefuls vie to represent Denton's west side

The race to represent Denton's west side neighborhoods on City Council got crowded this spring. Retired businessman Paul Meltzer started his run for District 3 last fall, when some political insiders still expected current District 3 council member Kathleen Wazny to run for a second term. After rumors began to swirl that Wazny wouldn't run, Robson Ranch real estate agent Don Duff threw in his outback safari hat. Then, two days before the filing deadline in late February, Denton County native son Jason Cole submitted his name for the ballot.

Candidates talk pot

Candidates talk pot

City Council hopefuls knew going into Thursday night's candidate forum they would be fielding a pointed question about marijuana. The day after the city of Dallas approved "cite and release," nearly all the candidates said they would advocate for a similar policy for Denton.

Political newcomer leads pack in Denton campaign cash

Political newcomer leads pack in Denton campaign cash

Eight City Council candidates have raised and spent about $25,000 on the May 6 election so far. Opponents of a proposed tax freeze added to the tally, raising and spending another $2,300 in an effort to defeat the proposition that will also appear on the ballot.

Senior tax freeze placed on May ballot

Senior tax freeze placed on May ballot

In other words, if you are at least age 65 or disabled (defined as qualified for Social Security disability benefits), the dollar amount you pay in city property taxes will be the dollar amount you pay each year for as long as you live in your home, regardless of whether it increases in value or the city property tax rate goes up.

Council to be given update on tax freeze

Council to be given update on tax freeze

The proposed tax freeze would come on top of an additional $50,000 property tax exemption the City Council already phased in for seniors from 2008 to 2013. (All homeowners qualify for a $5,000 exemption for their homestead. ) In other words, a senior who owns a $200,000 home pays city taxes on only $145,000 of that value.

Denton divided by Proposition 1

Denton divided by Proposition 1

Proposition 1—a property tax freeze for seniors and the disabled—may have seemed like a slam-dunk to the local activists who got it on the May 6 ballot, but it has proved controversial in Denton.