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May 10, 2014

Voters will head to polls today

GREENVILLE — Local voters will be heading to the polls today, to cast ballots in the Greenville Independent School District bond election.

Voters across Hunt County will be deciding who will represent them on city councils and school boards.

Polls will be open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. today. Sample ballots and a list of polling locations are included in today’s editions of the Herald-Banner.

The newspaper will also be delivering election returns as they develop at heraldbanner.com.

A proposed $72.25 million Greenville Independent School District bond is on the local ballot, as well as three seats on the Greenville ISD board.

One seat on the Greenville City Council will also be decided today.

Voters in Celeste, Lone Oak and Quinlan are choosing new city leaders; a proposition for sales taxes to fix city streets is also on the Celeste ballot.

There are also school district elections in Caddo Mills, Celeste, Lone Oak and Quinlan. And a special utility district in Hunt County is conducting an election for its board of directors.

— The proposed Greenville ISD bond, if approved by voters, would provide funding for constructing a new Bowie Elementary School; constructing a Career and Technology Academy addition and renovation of the existing high school CTE space, improving  safety and  security systems at all  district campuses, improving wireless infrastructure and access to technology at each of the district’s campuses and providing facility upgrades and improvements at  each district campus. Paying off the bonds will cost district taxpayers approximately $150 million over 30 years in principal and interest. The estimated tax increase is anticipated to be 21.46 cents per $100 valuation. An average homeowner would see an increase of approximately $14.48 per month ($173.76 per year) in property taxes. Places 2, 3 and 4 on the Greenville ISD board will also be on today’s ballot. Place 2 incumbent Tom Durham is facing Trena Stafford, incumbent Place 3 board member Dr. Kim Hunt Butcher is facing Michael Phillips and Mitchal Vaughn is facing Lesley Overstreet for the Place 4 post.

— Place 4 on the Greenville City Council will be decided. Holly Gotcher is facing Ramona B. Tiscareno for the seat.

— The Caddo Mills ISD election is asking voters to choose two school board trustees from Patsy Wygal Locker, Rueben Terry, Wes Ferrell and Vicki Childers Saldivar.

— Voters in the City of Celeste are choosing three city council members from Felicia White, Joel Gibson, Stacie Kittelson, Doug Milton and Felicia Dawne Thomas. Proposition 1 on the ballot asks voters if they would be in favor of a reauthorization of one-quarter of one percent of sales taxes to provide revenue for maintaining and repairing local streets. The Celeste ISD ballot is asking voters to choose two school board trustees from Michael Wilson, Chris Barnard, Craig Adamson, Chuck Davidson, Deven Tenney and Jeff Hueber.

— Voters in the City of Lone Oak are choosing between Nikki Browning and Christene Barrow for Place 3 on the city council; and between Shirley Stogner and Gordon Galloway for Place 4 on the council. Douglas E. Williams Jr. is unopposed in seeking the mayor’s post and Lacy “LaLa” Astoraga is unopposed in seeking Place 2 on the council. The Lone Oak ISD is asking voters to choose two school board trustees from Paul Kelley, Mike Jones and Thomas Patterson.

— Voters in the City of Quinlan are choosing between Carolyn Strickland and Sarah Autrey for Place 1 on the city council, while Tommy Underwood is unopposed for the Place 3 seat and the Miguel Serrano is unopposed in seeking the Place 5 post. The Quinlan ISD is asking voters to choose between Rodney S. Wolfe and Eric A. Kleiber for Place 6 on the school board. Rusty Case is unopposed in Place 7.

— The Hickory Creek Special Utility District has three posts open on the board of directors. Voters are being asked to choose from Bill Ashworth, Frances Caplinger, Jerry Formby, James Walker, B. J. Martin and Brandon Lamm.

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