Texas goes to the polls

Hunt County voters joined their counterparts across Texas on Tuesday in declaring they were overwhelmingly opposed to the creation of a state income tax.

Hunt County voters joined their counterparts across Texas on Tuesday in declaring they were overwhelmingly opposed to the creation of a state income tax.

Ten proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution were on the ballots Tuesday, along with a bond election, one city asking voters to approve shifting local sales tax collections toward civic improvements.

Results of the West Tawakoni City Council races will be included in Friday’s Herald-Banner.

The unofficial final vote totals came in just after 10 p.m. Tuesday. Hunt County received 7,357 total ballots cast, representing a little more than 13 percent of the county’s 55,431 registered voters.

That compares to the total of just 1,921 people who voted in Hunt County during the November 2017 special elections which included seven proposed amendments, and several local issues.

The proposed constitutional amendment drawing the most attention this time around was Proposition No. 4 which, if approved by voters, would prohibit the state from imposing or collecting an individual income tax. A “for” vote supported the amendment prohibiting a state income tax, while an “against” vote opposed the amendment.

In Hunt County, the measure was approved with 6,400 votes for to 883 votes no. Statewide the proposition received 1,467,994 for votes to 504,848 votes against.

In fact eight of the propositions passed by wide margins both locally and across the state. The exceptions included Proposition 1, which would have permitted a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time. The measure failed in Hunt County with 4,675 votes against and 2,503 votes for. It failed statewide with 1,289,626 votes against and 681,139 votes for.

Proposition 9, authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state, passed by a narrow margin, with 3,798 votes for in Hunt County to 3,014 votes against. Across Texas the proposition passed with 977,272 votes for to 916,513 votes against.

Hunt County Elections Administrator Jose Martinez said that as of the end of early voting Friday, 1,550 people had voted early in Hunt County, either in person or by absentee ballots.

That compares to a total of 494 early votes in Hunt County during the constitutional amendment election in 2017.

Early reports Tuesday evening indicate that there was a significant turnout on election day as well.

Below are the vote totals for all amendments and local ballot items, with votes split between Hunt County totals and statewide totals, where applicable.

Closer to home, the city of Campbell was asking voters to approve the adoption of a sales and use tax at the rate of one-half of 1 percent to pay for public facility improvements, commercial facilities, infrastructural improvements, new and expanded business enterprises, and other related improvements, including the costs of construction, maintenance and operations. The measure passed with 49 votes for to 26 votes against.

The Cumby ISD was seeking the issuance of $6.2 million in bonds for capital improvements. The measure was defeated in close voting across Hopkins and Hunt counties, with a total of 202 votes against to 192 votes for.

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