What’s On The Ballot? More Than You Think

Thursday, September 23, 2010
By Felicia Cravens

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.

Yours,

Will Hickman
Bellaire Councilman Position 1
will@willhickman.com

 If you live in Bellaire, get in touch with Councilman Hickman to make sure your opinion goes on record!

 

 

  Northwest Tea Meeting This Sunday 

 3 pm 

Sunday September 26

Spring Creek BBQ,

5935 Highway 6 North (at Little York) 

Contact: northwesttea2009@yahoo.com

 

 

  

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?

FOR

AGAINST

*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?

FOR

AGAINST

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?

FOR

AGAINST

*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.

FOR

AGAINST

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.

FOR

AGAINST

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.

FOR

AGAINST

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.

FOR

AGAINST

 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.

FOR

AGAINST

Channelview ISD Trustee, Position No. 7

Dowen Sims

Kathy Zigmont

E.B. Garcia

Crosby ISD Trustee, Position 2

Ruben Leal

JoAnn Crawford

Crosby ISD Trustee, Position 6

Dan Kasprzak

Cedric Patterson, Jr.

Will Locke

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Trustee, Position 5

Bill Henderson

John Ogletree

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Trustee, Position 6

Brad West

Don Ryan

Kay Smith

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Trustee, Position 7

Scott Adams

Bob R. Covey

Houston ISD Trustee, District 8 (Unexpired Term)

Dorothy Olmos

Judith Cruz

Juliet Kathy Stipeche

Cheryl Moodie

Peter B. Schwethelm

Roberto Centeno

HUFFMAN ISD SCHOOL TRUSTEE, POSITION NO. 2

Bruce W. Johnson

Jacob Godoy

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

FOR

AGAINST

*HTPS recommends voting AGAINST the Katy ISD Bond Proposition*

KLEIN ISD TRUSTEE, POSITION 6

Paul Lanham

Mark D. Taylor

Larry Allen

Johanna Ramos Dawson

KLEIN ISD TRUSTEE, POSITION 7

Steven E. Smith

W. R. (Rick) Mann

Kevin Weido

James B. Robinson

North Forest ISD Trustee, Position 6

Carolyn Bullard-Williams

Henry McGowen

Sheldon ISD Trustee Position 5

Ken Coleman

Michael Davis

Debra Gilstrap

Sheldon ISD Trustee Position 6

Ed Lipscomb

Shane Schultz

Sheldon ISD Trustee Position 7

Fedora Alfred

LaShonda M. Jackson-Dean

Debbie Kolacny

Spring ISD Trustee, Position 1

Lora Lee Hedrick

Deborah Jensen

Scott Brittain

Ruth Watson

Spring ISD Trustee, Position 2

Steven E. Mills

Calvin K. Tang

Nicole Murray

Spring ISD Trustee, Position 3

Sean M. Perrodin

Justine Durant

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

Larry Coleman

Tommy Albert

Gary Ferguson

Tom Garbett

Darwin Hargrave, Sr.

Shannon Barron

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?

FOR

AGAINST

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3 Responses to “What’s On The Ballot? More Than You Think”

  1. Your group is wrong on Prop 1. If you believe the premise that maintaining quality infrastructure prevents urban degredation (think Detroit), then it’s just a question of where the dollars are coming from. You have 3 choices: fees paid to a dedicated “lock-box” fund; tax supported bonds; and Federal grants (think TARP XIV). Waiting on the Fed for a bailout is probably one of the causes of Detroit’s debaucle. The infrastructure problems will reach a point where it is undesirable to live or run a business in Houston. At that point ,it’s too late to pour billions into the system to fix it. Businesses leave and the city’s tax base starts it’s spiral. The second alternative, tax-supported bonds are a far more expensive alternative to pay-as-you-go. The tax rate will go up and stay up as a result. The dedicated fund is good government. We live within our means, keep a reliable source of funding for ongoing repair and replacement, and avoid costly debt financings and piles of interest payments. The final issue: can we trust City Council to set fair fees and run a square deal? Only if we all stay on them like we always have. That’s a given and will never change. The lockbox is a fantastic idea and Conservative should get behind this program and not always knee-jerk every time there is a new fee or tax. This proposition is in step with many, many Conservative ideals. Please rethink your position on this issue.
    Respectfully,
    John R. Wallace
    jwallace@baconwallace.com

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  2. Felicia Cravens

    A dedicated fund is a good idea. In fact, it’s already in place. The problem is that COH already HAS funds to do this, but they get them from Metro. AND Metro isn’t paying. This plan seems to be merely an end-run around collecting from Metro, so that Metro can afford to keep building rail.

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  3. Carmen

    Felicia is correct. And with the amount of corruption at Metro – it is time to hold them accountable.

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