The time for debate is almost over, although we realize that one more confrontation between the presidential candidates remains.
That gives us two reasons to circle Monday on our calendars. In addition to offering another opportunityto hear the candidates for president, that date also marks the first day of early voting in the Nov. 6 general election.
There’s no doubt that the election will be a critical one, and we’re not just talking about the national races that will be decided. In addition to the general election, several Denton County jurisdictions will have issues on the ballot, according to the Denton County Elections Administration website.
Voters in the city of Denton, the city of Aubrey, the city of Justin, the town of Prosper, the city of Sanger, the town of Trophy Club and the Northwest school district — just to name a few — will be voting on local issues.
In Denton, of course, voters will be deciding the fate of a $20.4 million bond project to fix city streets.
Street repair is one issue that we believe most local voters can and will support, although we wish that City Council members hadn’t agreed with a citizens group recommendation that funding for public art be written into the ballot language.
We’d like every single penny possible to go toward street repair, and we had hoped that city officials would find a way to make that happen. A list of streets that are dangerously overdue for repair would be too lengthy to fit here, and like a lot of other people, we’re tired of waiting.
Sure, we realize that the amount of bond money that would go for public art, about $400,000, may not sound that significant, but small savings here and there can add up to significant dollar amounts that could be put to use on street projects.
Plus, we can’t help wondering how anyone will be able to enjoy viewing the public art while dodging potholes.
As we’ve said before, the single-proposition approach has an “all-or-nothing” attitude about it that we don’t like, and we hope that it won’t discourage voters from approving this much-needed bond package.
We support it, but we also encourage the city to reroute as much of the money as possible toward the real need and save public art expenditures for a later date.
The early voting period for the general election, as we said, begins Monday, and it continues through Nov. 2. You can find a list of early polling locations and hours when the polls will be open at http://elections.dentoncounty.com.
Before Election Day, you can vote at any of the early voting locations. On Election Day, you must vote at the location to which your precinct is assigned. You can learn more at the website or call the elections office at 940-349-3200 for more information.
There’s a lot at stake in this election, and we encourage you to vote, either during the early voting period or on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.