Early voting for Nov. 5 election starts Monday

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, October 19, 2013
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Most voters in Wise County will only be considering proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution in the Nov. 5 election, but Paradise ISD voters will decide on a few local issues. Their ballots will include an 8-cent tax increase, a $3.25 million bond election and two spots on the board of trustees.

Early voting begins Monday and runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 21-25 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1, at three Wise County locations:

  • Decatur Civic Center, 2010 W. U.S. Hwy. 380
  • Rhome City Hall, 105 1st St.
  • Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St.

Voters will be asked for a yea or nay on the tax hike, which was adopted to shore up the district’s budget. The 2013-14 budget is slightly below last year’s. The proposed 8-cent tax increase would make up for a shortfall in state money.

If voters do not approve the tax increase, the school board will need to go back to the drawing board and trim nearly $300,000 from the budget. If approved, the tax increase would tack on an additional $80 per year in property taxes for homeowners with a house valued at $100,000.

The $3.25 million bond proposal, a separate issue, would go toward improving and updating the district’s wastewater treatment plant, adding onto the wastewater plant, purchasing buses, repairing or replacing the roof at Paradise Intermediate School, upgrading the HVAC system at Paradise Elementary, and repairing roads on the campus.

PISD board Places 6 and 7 are also in contention. Both are three-year terms and were last on the ballot in 2010.

Place 6 is currently held by Scott Eisen, who is seeking re-election. He is joined by Ben Sanders, Doug Thomas, DeAnn Hamilton and Bill Mundy on the ballot.

Ronnie W. Pewitt is challenging incumbent Lonnie Holder in a two-man race for Place 7.

To cast a ballot, voters must live within the boundaries of Paradise ISD. Both early voting and election-day voting will be held in conjunction with the countywide Constitutional Amendment election.

All local voters will have the opportunity to vote on nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.

The nine propositions on the statewide ballot stem from bills approved by the 83rd Texas Legislature. To get to this point, they have to pass in both houses and earn the governor’s signature. Their final hurdle is the voters’ approval.

The Messenger published summaries of the propositions Oct. 2 and Oct. 5.

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