Early Voting for the Texas Constitutional Amendment Election begins MONDAY, October 24, and Election Day is November 8, 2011. All Texans will vote on 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. Some of these proposals are controversial, and several entities have put together Free Voters Guides. Again, there is a fantastic round-up of the various guides and analyses at Michele Samuelson's blog, Blue Dot Blues.
There are a variety of proposals on local ballots in Williamson County.
Hutto Independent School District is asking voters to approve a tax increase of $.06 per $100 valuation. This will give HISD residents a school tax rate of $1.60.
The City of Round Rock has 10 of its own propositions on the ballot. Propositions #1-8 are merely 'housekeeping,' and update terms and definitions in the City Charter. Propositions #9 and #10 are more controversial.
*Proposition 9 adds 2% to the local hotel tax to finance an indoor sports venue. The tax is estimated to bring in $630,000 per year, and the sports facility is estimated to cost $12 million, which, according to the city website "does not include land, design and engineering costs or related infrastructure." It is unclear as to whether the venue tax will cover all costs.
*Proposition 10 regards a half-cent sales tax approved by voters back in 1997. The original approval was under the condition that the funds would be used only for major road and transportation projects related to economic development. This tax, called "Type B revenue," is limited by Texas law to economic development programs, and Round Rock originally limited theirs to road and transportation. If voters approve Proposition 10, the city can use the revenues for other economic development projects as defined by State Law. According to literature from Texas Comptroller Susan Combs these uses include:
"Paying for land, buildings, equipment, facilities expenditures, targeted infrastructure and improvements found suitable for the use of...professional and amateur sports and athletic facilities, tourism and entertainment facilities, convention facilities, public park purposes and event facilities (including stadiums, ballparks, concert halls, etc.) * related store, restaurant, concession, parking and transportation facilities * related street, water and sewer facilities * affordable housing."
The City of Round Rock has an informational page regarding these propositions, and the literature from the Texas Comptroller's office is available here.
Highlands at Mayfield Ranch Municipal Utility District, Northwoods Road District No. 1, Williamson County Water, Sewer, Irrigation and Drainage District No. 3, Wilco-Liberty Hill MUD, and others are seeking voter approval for various bond packages, (which amount to approval for a tax increase.) Williamson County Emergency Services District No. 1 (Jollyville) is seeking approval of a 1% local sales and use tax.
Sample ballots are available at the Williamson County Elections Department website.
Remember that during the Early Voting period, you may vote at any location in the county. However, on Election Day you may only vote at the assigned location for your precinct.
FULL TIME LOCATIONS, Open Oct. 24-November 2, 8am to 6pm, No Sunday Voting, and November 3 and 4 7am to 7pm.
Main Location: Williamson County Inner Loop Annex, 301 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown.
Anderson Mill Limited District
Cedar Park Public Library
Parks & Recreation Admin. Building, Georgetown
McConico Building, Round Rock
Brushy Creek Community Center, Round Rock
Taylor City Hall
Pat Bryson Municipal Hall, Leander
Cedar Park Randalls, Cypress Creek Road
Round Rock Randalls, Gattis School Road
J.B. and Hallie Jester Annex, Round Rock
Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4, 7am to 7pm
Oct 24, Monday: Seton Medical Center Williamson, 201 Seton Parkway, Round Rock
Oct 25, Tuesday: Granger City Hall, 214 E. Davilla, Granger
Oct 26, Wednesday: RR Higher Education Center, Round Rock
Oct 27, Thursday: Clairmont Retirement Community, 12463 Los Indios Trail, Austin
Oct 28, Friday: Liberty Hill Annex, 3407 RR 1869, Liberty Hill
Oct 29, Saturday: Liberty Hill Annex, 3407 RR 1869, Liberty Hill
Oct 31, Monday: Jarrell Memorial Park, 1651 CR 305, Jarrell
Nov 1, Tuesday: Hutto City Hall, 401 W. Front St., Hutto
Nov 2, Wednesday: Hutto City Hall, 401 W. Front St., Hutto
Nov 3, Thursday: Hutto City Hall, 401 W. Front St., Hutto
Nov 4, Friday: Hutto City Hall, 401 W. Front St., Hutto
REMEMBER, YOUR VOTE COUNTS!