Monthly Archives: November 2017

How to vote in the City of Kerrville Election

Did you know that in the last city election, 75.8% of the voters were between the ages of 60 and 89?

Did you know that only about 14% of registered voters actually cast a ballot in the last city election?

This means that only a small segment of the community is controlling who gets to make decisions that affect all of us on a daily basis. The most important way you can make Kerrville a better place to live, work, and play, is to make sure your voice is heard in EVERY local election.


Check your voter registration status

Using this link, you can check to make sure your registration is current and accurate. Login using either your voter ID number, driver’s license number, or name and date of birth.

https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do

The deadline to register for the next city council election is April 5, 2018!


Register to vote

You can register online or in person. For in-person registration, visit the tax office at the Kerr County Courthouse, 700 Main Street, Suite 124.

The deadline to register for the May 2018 election is April 5. You must be registered no later than April 5 to vote in the city elections!

Register Online: https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrapp/index.asp


Get informed

Our website (and Facebook page) should help you keep informed on several issues pertaining to the City of Kerrville, but also consider reading the Kerrville Daily Times and the Hill Country Community Journal to get a variety of sources on local issues.

Please consider joining our email newsletter to receive important updates on city issues and events.

The City of Kerrville also has its own YouTube page with full recordings of most important meetings of City Council, EIC, P&Z, and other city boards. Check it out to get an in-depth look at your city government!

For other ballot measures, check out the League of Women Voters. They offer free voting guides for state and national elections.


VOTE!

Finally, get out there and vote! The City of Kerrville election is scheduled for May 5, 2018. Early voting will be from April 23 to May 1. All voting takes place at the Cailloux Theater at 910 Main St, Kerrville, TX 78028.

City Council Recap for November 14, 2017

CITY ATTORNEY OFFERED A REVISED CONTRACT

After a 3 hour executive session, which was punctuated by a revolving door of City officials and outside attorney being called in and sent out, the Council voted 4-1 to offer City Attorney Mike Hayes a revised contract. (Details of this contract will be furnished soon). Mayor Bonnie White was the lone dissenter. Her clear angry demeanor might characterize the lengthy executive session!

DEBT REFINANCING

The City’s outside financial advisor advised the Council that anticipated changes in the federal laws governing early refinancing of bonded indebtedness (normally effected to capture benefits of lower interest rates) necessitates Kerrville fast track refinancing of up to $20M of current debt. Savings net of refinancing costs is estimated to be over $600,00. Also this refinancing will restructure the debt repayment to facilitate addressing of other near term infrastructure needs. After deliberation the Council voted 5-0 to move forward with the restructuring.

RIVER TRAIL COMPLETION

The Council reviewed bids to complete the River Trail project. This completes the final segment of the trail and provides associated parking and other amenities. The funds to complete this quality of life project have been tagged from City 4B funds. The accepted bid was 13% below the projected costs. This project should commence soon.

CITY/COUNTY AGREEMENT ON LIBRARY AND ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES

After a lengthy period of disagreement, the two local governmental agencies agreed to reopen the City library for free use by Kerr County residents living outside the City and for the County to assume full responsibility for animal control throughout the County. The agreement will be reviewed in March 2018 to ensure both entities are in support of continuing the agreement or are adjustments needed

TTHM REMOVAL

A study of how to achieve mandated level of TTHM was received and reviewed by the Council. The City has attempted to achieve compliance through numerous changes in the
Potable water system design but it was determined a more significant changed or addition was required. The Council instructed the staff to move forward with design and implementation of the Granulate Activated Charcoal technique with the anticipated capital costs exceeding $4M and annual operating costs over $400,000.

 

Article by Glenn Andrew
Video by Aaron Yates

Sports Complex Fever Broken in November Bond Elections

Although Kerr County’s voter turnout was incredibly low, thanks in part to no other matters on the ballot other than Texas Constitutional amendment propositions, other nearby communities had some important local matters to address.

I found two elections that I think are useful for comparison to one of our local projects, the Holdsworth Drive Athletic Complex. Of course, our athletic complex, which is set to open this spring, was funded without ad valorem tax increases. Our complex was funded by a donation of $1.5 million in land and $3+ million in cash from the Cailloux Foundation, and $9 million from the Kerrville Economic Improvement Corporation (EIC) via 4b sales tax revenue. So Kerrville was not asked to raise taxes in order to pay for the soon-to-open complex — we were able to create a world class facility for our youth without asking taxpayers to foot the extra bill.

However, taxpayers in Gillespie and Val Verde Counties had to make a decision… Would they abide a slight tax increase to provide much needed athletic facilities for the area youth? Continue reading

Lowest voter turnout in at least 12 years for November 2017 Election

The 2017 Constitutional Amendment Election was held on Tuesday, November 7, and only 4.9% of registered Kerr County voters cast a ballot. This is the lowest county-wide turnout for a November election in at least the past 12 years. Constitutional elections are held every two years, and in 2011, and we had a turnout of 8.64%, which was the previous low — about 3.5 points higher than today’s turnout.

Absentee, early, and election day voting options were offered. About 5% voted by mail, 34% voted early, and 61% voted on election day. Four polling places were open — one for each precinct.

On the ballot were seven propositions to amend the Texas Constitution, and are discussed in great detail in this Voter’s Guide provided by the League of Women Voters.

Kerr County voters said “Yes” to all but two of the seven proposed amendments. Numbers 5 and 7 failed to receive a majority of support by our county’s voters.

Number 5 was a constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations
conducting charitable raffles. Proposition 5 would amend Article 3, Section 47(d-1) of the Texas Constitution, enabling certain professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.

This measure failed in Kerr County by 51.87% to 48.13%.

Number 7 was a constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings. Proposition 7 would amend the constitution to allow the legislature to authorize credit unions or other financial institutions to conduct promotional activities that can award a prize to one or more of the institution’s depositors selected by lot to encourage savings.

Kerr County voters said “No” by a margin of 50.18% to 49.82%.

The other propositions garnered wide majority support “For” the measures.

The statewide turnout ended up coming in at around 5.7%.

Statewide election night returns: https://enrpages.sos.state.tx.us/public/nov07_320_state.htm

Article by Aaron Yates

Editor’s Note: This post has been edited several times to update the turnout numbers and correct a statement about previous Constitutional Amendment Elections.