What’s On The Ballot? More Than You Think
Bottom of the Ballot
Tea Party was created in response to out-of-control big government, but while so many people are combating it on the national level, local examples are popping up almost completely unnoticed. We can’t work so hard to hold Congress accountable and then sit back as our local city council or school board go on a spending spree. Government accountability is vital at every level of government.
That’s why the down-ballot issues and races are crucial at any time, but especially this year! The Harris County Sample Ballot has several hot issues and races listed for cities and municipalities all over the area. Look for your area, and if it’s listed here, find your bottom-of-the-ballot issue and take some time to look into the issues and candidates listed at the end of this e-mail.
A straight-party-ticket vote will not register a vote in municipal elections, school board elections, or propositions. Even if you vote straight-ticket, you will still need to go to the bottom of the ballot to be able to vote on the propositions and non-partisan races.
VOTE ALL THE WAY DOWN THE BALLOT!
(HTPS has made a couple of recommendations on issues, noted in italics)
City of Houston Huffman ISD
City of Baytown Katy ISD
City of Nassau Bay Klein ISD
City of Spring Valley Village North Forest ISD
Channelview ISD Sheldon ISD
Crosby ISD Spring ISD
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Tomball ISD Trustee, Position 2
Houston ISD Waller-Harris Emergency Services District No. 200
Beechnut Municipal Utility District
Bellaire Councilman Invites Comments on Proposed Tax Increase
This just in from Will Hickman, Bellaire City Councilman:
A “Tax Increase Public Hearing” will be held at Bellaire City Hall Tuesday, 9/28 at 7pm and Monday, 10/4 at 6pm. You can come and let Bellaire City Council know your thoughts about the tax rate. If you can’t attend either meeting, you can email me your comments and I will send them to the City Secretary to be read into the record. Feel free to forward this email to others in Bellaire who may be interested.
The Public Hearings are required since Council proposed a tax rate of 0.3999 per $100 valuation, which is a 6.4% rate increase compared to last year’s tax rate.
Bellaire Councilman Position 1
If you live in Bellaire, get in touch with Councilman Hickman to make sure your opinion goes on record!
Northwest Tea Meeting This Sunday
Sunday September 26
Spring Creek BBQ,
5935 Highway 6 North (at Little York)
Find Your Down-Ballot Election Below
(Only Contested Races are Listed)
City of Houston, PROPOSITION NO. 1 CHARTER AMENDMENT PROPOSITION
Relating to the Creation of a Dedicated Funding Source to Enhance, Improve and Renew Drainage Systems and Streets.
Shall the City Charter of the City of Houston be amended to provide for the enhancement, improvement and ongoing renewal of Houston’s drainage and streets by creating a Dedicated Pay-As-You-Go Fund for Drainage and Streets?
*HTPS recommends voting AGAINST Proposition 1*
City of Houston, PROPOSITION NO. 2 CHARTER AMENDMENT PROPOSITION
Relating to Residency Requirements for District Council Office for the November 2011 General Election.
Shall the City Charter of the City of Houston be amended to provide that for the general election to be held in November 2011, and for the purpose of redistricting, the required period of residency to file for the office of District Council Member shall be reduced from 12 months to 6 months preceding the election day?
City of Houston, PROPOSITION NO. 3 CHARTER AMENDMENT PROPOSITION
An Amendment to the City Charter Relating to the Use of Photographic Traffic Signal Enforcement Systems (Red Light Cameras).
Shall the City of Houston continue to use red light cameras to enforce state or local laws relating to traffic safety?
*HTPS recommends voting AGAINST Proposition 3*
City of Baytown Proposition 1
The initiative ordinance limiting the use of traffic law photomonitoring devices within the city.
City of Nassau Bay Special Election City of Nassau Bay PROPOSITION 1
The reauthorization of the local sales and use tax in the City of Nassau Bay, Texas, at the rate of one-fourth of one percent to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets.
City of Spring Valley Village, Texas PROPOSITION I
THE ISSUANCE OF $18,060,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS AND THE LEVYING OF A TAX IN PAYMENT THEREOF FOR STREET AND ROAD REPAIRS, IMPROVEMENTS AND EXTENSIONS, AND RELATED DRAINAGE, INCLUDING SPECIFICALLY REPAIRS, IMPROVEMENTS, AND EXTENSIONS AT MERLIN DRIVE, LUPTON DRIVE, THE CEDARWOOD SECTION 2 AREA, THE BRACHER AREA, THE TERESA-BEN HUR AREA, PECH/CEDARBRAKE OUTFALLS AREA, THE HILLDALE/BADE/ADKINS AREA, THE VOSS ROAD AREA, SPRING OAKS EAST, SPRING OAKS WEST, BURKHART ROAD, CAMPBELL ROAD, BINGLE ROAD, AND IN BRIGHTON PLACE SUBDIVISION, AND THE MISCELLANEOUS AREAS WITHIN THE CITY.
City of Spring Valley Village, Texas PROPOSITION II
THE ISSUANCE OF $3,100,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS AND THE LEVYING OF A TAX IN PAYMENT THEREOF FOR WATER SUPPLY AND SANITARY SEWER REPAIRS, IMPROVEMENTS AND EXTENSIONS, INCLUDING SPECIFICALLY REPAIRS, IMPROVEMENTS, AND EXTENSIONS AT MERLIN DRIVE, LUPTON DRIVE, THE CEDARWOOD SECTION 2 AREA, THE BRACHER AREA, THE TERESA-BEN HUR AREA, THE HILLDALE/BADE/ADKINS AREA, THE VOSS ROAD AREA, SPRING OAKS EAST, SPRING OAKS WEST, BURKHART ROAD, AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS AREAS WITHIN THE CITY.
City of Spring Valley Village, Texas PROPOSITION III
THE ISSUANCE OF $700,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS AND THE LEVYING OF A TAX IN PAYMENT THEREOF FOR THE PURPOSE OF WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS REQUIRED FOR SURFACE WATER CONNECTIONS.
Channelview ISD Trustee, Position No. 7
Crosby ISD Trustee, Position 2
Crosby ISD Trustee, Position 6
Cedric Patterson, Jr.
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Trustee, Position 5
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Trustee, Position 6
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Trustee, Position 7
Bob R. Covey
Houston ISD Trustee, District 8 (Unexpired Term)
Juliet Kathy Stipeche
Peter B. Schwethelm
HUFFMAN ISD SCHOOL TRUSTEE, POSITION NO. 2
Bruce W. Johnson
Katy Independent School District, Bond Election Katy ISD, PROPOSITION
THE ISSUANCE OF $459,795,000 SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION, ACQUISITION AND EQUIPMENT OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT (INCLUDING THE REHABILITATION, RENOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT THEREOF) AND THE PURCHASE OF THE NECESSARY SITES FOR SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND THE PURCHASE OF NEW SCHOOL BUSES, AND THE LEVYING OF THE TAX IN PAYMENT THEREOF
*HTPS recommends voting AGAINST the Katy ISD Bond Proposition*
KLEIN ISD TRUSTEE, POSITION 6
Mark D. Taylor
Johanna Ramos Dawson
KLEIN ISD TRUSTEE, POSITION 7
Steven E. Smith
W. R. (Rick) Mann
James B. Robinson
North Forest ISD Trustee, Position 6
Sheldon ISD Trustee Position 5
Sheldon ISD Trustee Position 6
Sheldon ISD Trustee Position 7
LaShonda M. Jackson-Dean
Spring ISD Trustee, Position 1
Lora Lee Hedrick
Spring ISD Trustee, Position 2
Steven E. Mills
Calvin K. Tang
Spring ISD Trustee, Position 3
Sean M. Perrodin
Tomball ISD Trustee, Position 2
David H. Zuhlke
Michael J. Pratt
William A. Harris
Waller-Harris Emergency Services District No. 200, Board of Emergency Services Commissioners – Vote for None, 1, 2 or 3
Kollye W. Kilpatrick
Darwin Hargrave, Sr.
Hollis H. Ulbricht
Beechnut Municipal Utility District, Proposition
SHALL THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF BEECHNUT MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT BE AUTHORIZED TO ASSESS, LEVY, AND COLLECT AN ANNUAL AD VALOREM TAX ON ALL TAXABLE PROPERTY WITHIN SAID DISTRICT NOT TO EXCEED FIFTY CENTS ($0.50) ON EACH ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR ($100.00) VALUATION THEREOF, TO SECURE FUNDS FOR OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE PURPOSES, INCLUDING FUNDS FOR PLANNING, CONSTRUCTING, ACQUIRING, MAINTAINING, REPAIRING, AND OPERATING ALL NECESSARY LAND, PLANTS, WORKS, FACILITIES, IMPROVEMENTS, APPLIANCES, AND EQUIPMENT OF THE DISTRICT AND FOR PAYING COSTS OF PROPER SERVICES, ENGINEERING, AND LEGAL FEES, AND ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, INCLUDING PARTICULARLY (BUT NOT BY WAY OF LIMITATION) SECTION 49.107 OF THE TEXAS WATER CODE, AS AMENDED?