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November 3, 2013

Local, state voters heading to polls

There’s a lot at stake as voters head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in several elections in Hunt County.

The Hunt Memorial Hospital District (HMHD) has more than $12 million in bonds which it says it needs to pay for new facilities and renovations to the Greenville hospital.

There are nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, including one which would help create a fund to pay for future water projects in the state.

The City of Josephine is conducting a special election Tuesday to decide whether to adopt an additional sales and use tax of one-half of one percent, to be used for a Type B Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Voters will also be choosing three city aldermen.

And the Cumby Independent School District has a trustee election, to fill three seats on the school board for three-year terms.

Voters need to make sure and have legal identification with them when casting ballots. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Sample ballots and a list of Tuesday’s polling locations are included in today’s Herald-Banner.

More than 1,200 people voted early for the elections.

— The hospital district has a special election with one item on the ballot, seeking voter approval of $12.3 million in bonds to pay for three major projects. The third flood of the Hunt Regional Medical  Center in Greenville would be completely renovted at a cost of $2.7 million. Commerce would receive a new $5 million outpatient facility while a $4.5 million facility wold be added to the current medical pavilion in Quinlan. If the bond is passed, it will be paid over a 20 year period and will increase the HMHD tax rate by .0181 cents.

— The City of Josephine is conducting a special election to decide whether to adopt an additional sales and use tax of one-half of one percent, to be used by a Type B Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Type A EDCs are typically created to fund industrial development projects, such as business infrastructure, manufacturing and research and development. Type B EDCs can fund all projects eligible for Type A, as well as parks, museums, sports facilities and affordable housing. However, Type B EDCs are subject to more administrative restrictions.

The City of Josephine is also electing three aldermen, one each in places 1, 2 and 4. Bill Crosetti and Doug Ewing are vying for the Place 1 spot, William Skelton and Arron Gilbreath are competing for the Place 2 post and Kevin Dudley and Angela D. Gay are seeking to fill the Place 4 seat.

While most of Josephine, just north of Royse City, lies within Collin County, a small portion of the city crosses into western Hunt County. Therefore some of the city’s residents registered to vote in Hunt County Precinct 215 will be eligible to vote in the election.

— The Cumby Independent School District has a trustee election, to fill three seats on the school board for three-year terms. On the ballot are Dawn Gray, Carol Rose Allen, Jason Hudson, Joe Salinas, Jody Jarvis and Tony Aguilar. Voters in Hunt County Precincts 318 and 429 will be allowed to vote in the election.

— Among the proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, Proposition 9, if approved by voters would expand the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Proposition 6, if approved. would provide for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas, which would ssist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan.

Anyone needing additional information about the election can contact the Voter Administration Office at 903-454-5467.

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