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