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Voters head to polls Tuesday

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Staff report, Denton Record-Chronicle

The Texas amendment election is Tuesday, but there are some local items on the ballot other than the seven proposed amendments to the state constitution.

In Denton, voters will be asked to vote yes or no on five propositions that will affect the city charter. Propositions include clarifying a council members residency prior to election, percentage of petitioners required to trigger a recall election, clarifying that the internal city auditor shall be a permanent, full-time position and clarifying the responsibilities, a provision requiring the adoption of an ethics ordinance by the city council and providing for council members and the mayor to receive an initial monthly stipend.

In Aubrey, voters will vote yes or no on a $51 million bond proposal includes the construction of a new elementary school and classroom additions to the two existing elementary schools. The middle school would see upgrades in athletic facilities and fields, while the high school would receive a new band hall. If the bond is approved, taxpayers would see a hike of 16 cents for a total tax rate of $1.67. The increase would be phased in by adding 8 cents to the tax rate in 2018 and the remaining 8 cents in 2019.

Pilot Point voters will decide if they want to legalize the sale of alcohol for off-premise consumption, while voters in Denton Council Municipal Utility Districts 4 and 5 near Cross Roads will decide whether to authorize this pair of special taxing districts to maintain the roads within the district.

Also, Little Elm voters will decide on two school bond proposals.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, and voters must cast their ballot at their designated precincts. Below is a list of precinct locations, as well as information pertaining to each of the ballot items. For more information, visit www.votedenton.com.

Polling locations

Precinct Location Address
1000-1002 Sanger Church of Christ 400 Locust St.
1003 Pilot Point Senior Center 310 Washington St.
1005 Aubrey ISD Administration Building 415 Tisdell Lane
1006-1007 Copeland Government Center 1400 FM424, Cross Roads
1008-1013 Wilson Elementary School 1306 E. Windsor Drive, Denton
1014-1019 Southmont Baptist Church 2801 Pennsylvania Drive, Denton
1020-1024 Corinth City Hall 3300 Corinth Parkway
1025 Oak Point Elementary School 401 Shahan Prairie Road, Oak Point
1037 Aubrey ISD Administration Building 415 Tisdell Lane
1038-1039 Corinth City Hall 3300 Corinth Parkway
2028-2032 Little Elm Public Library 100 Eldorado Parkway
3000-3001 Lake Dallas City Hall 212 Main St.
4000-4001 Krum ISD Administration Building 1200 Bobcat Blvd.
4002 Ponder Town Hall 102 W. Bailey St.
4003 Robson Ranch 9400 Ed Robson Blvd., Denton
4004-4005, 4007 North Lake Recreation Center 2001 W. Windsor Drive, Denton
4006, 4008 North Branch Library 3020 N. Locust St., Denton
4009-4014 Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center 1300 Wilson St., Denton
4015 Denia Recreation Center 1001 Parvin St., Denton
4016, 4018-4020, 4022 Double Oak Town Hall 320 Waketon Road
4017, 4021, 4029 Denton County Southwest Courthouse 6200 Canyon Falls Drive, Flower Mound
4034-4036 Justin Municipal Complex 415 N. College Ave.
4037 Denia Recreation Center 1001 Parvin St., Denton
4038-4039 North Lake Recreation Center 2001 W. Windsor Drive
4040 North Branch Library 3020 N. Locust St., Denton
4041 Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center 1300 Wilson St., Denton
4042 Krum ISD Administration Building 1200 Bobcat Blvd.
4043 Double Oak Town Hall 320 Waketon Road

Texas Constitutional Amendments

Voters will be asked to vote "For" or "Against" on the following changes to the Texas Constitution:

Proposition 1: The constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution.

Proposition 2: The constitutional amendment to establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing for home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.

Proposition 3: The constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate after the expiration of the person's term of office.

Proposition 4: The constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the Legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.

Proposition 5: The constitutional amendment on professional sports teams' charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.

Proposition 6: The constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.

Proposition 7: The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.

Denton City Charter Amendments

Denton voters will be asked to vote "For" or "Against" on the following changes to the city charter:

Proposition A: Shall Section 2.02 of the City Charter be amended to clarify that councilmember residency qualifications apply to the councilmember's domicile (principal residence), where the councilmember must have resided for at least one year prior to the election?

Proposition B: Shall Section 4.13 of the City Charter be amended to increase the percentage of petitioners required to trigger a recall election from twenty-five percent (25%) to thirty-five percent (35%)?

Proposition C: Shall Section 6.04 of the City Charter be amended to clarify that the internal city auditor shall be a permanent, full-time position and clarify the responsibilities?

Proposition D: Shall Sections 14.04 and 14.05 of the City Charter be repealed and replaced with a provision requiring the adoption of an ethics ordinance by the city council in accordance with Texas law and adheres to certain minimum standards?

Proposition E: Shall a section be added to the City Charter providing for councilmembers to receive an initial monthly stipend of seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) and the mayor to receive an initial monthly stipend of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) during their respective terms of office and providing for restrictions on subsequent increases to the stipend amount?

Aubrey ISD bond proposal

Aubrey voters will be asked to vote "For" or "Against" on the following school bond proposal:

Proposition A: The issuance of $51,000,000 of school building bonds for the purpose of construction, acquisition, and equipment of school buildings in the district, including the purchase of the necessary sites for school buildings, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof and to pay the costs of any credit agreements executed in connection with the bonds.

Pilot Point alcohol sales

Pilot Point voters will be asked to vote "For" or "Against" on the following city proposal:

Proposition A: The legal sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption only.

MUD proposals

Voters will be asked to vote "For" or "Against" on the following municipal utility district proposals:

Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 4 Proposition A: Authorization of Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 4 (the "District") to improve, operate, or maintain any macadamized, graveled, or paved roads in existence within the district on September 1, 2017, or any improvements, including storm drainage, in aid of those roads.

Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 5 Proposition A: Authorization of Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 5 (the "District") to improve, operate, or maintain any macadamized, graveled, or paved roads in existence within the district on September 1, 2017, or any improvements, including storm drainage, in aid of those roads.

Little Elm ISD bond proposals

Voters will be asked to vote "For" or "Against" on the following school bond proposals:

Proposition A: The issuance of $235,000,000 of school building bonds for the purpose of construction, improvement, renovation and equipment of school buildings in the District and acquiring real property therefor, and the purchase of new buses, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof and to pay the costs of any credit agreements executed in connection with the bonds.

Proposition B: The issuance of $4,500,000 of bonds for the purpose of refunding all or any portion of the District's outstanding Maintenance Tax Notes, Series 2014 payable from the District's maintenance tax, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof.