Backers take sides on park bond; votes trickle in
Activists are taking sides on a local parks bond as votes trickle in ahead of the Nov. 7 Election Day.
Early voting ends Friday for both the City of Fredericksburg’s $12.6 parks bond vote and the State Constitutional Amendment vote ahead of the Tuesday, Nov. 7 Election Day.
The votes are being held in separate locations – City Hall, 126 W. Main, for the parks bond vote and the Gillespie County Courthouse, 101 W. Main, for the constitutional amendment ballot.
Early voting for both began Monday, Oct. 23, and will wrap up at 4 p.m. Friday.
Voters in the city limits will choose whether or not to approve $12.6 million for sports fields and other improvements at Oak Crest Park.
Through Tuesday, 285 votes had been cast.
As with the amendment election, early voting continues through Friday. The Nov. 7 Election Day hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Parks bond items include: six soccer areas that can be laid out for all ages, from under age 6 leagues to adult play; six new baseball and softball fields, suitable for hosting tournaments; two concession and restroom facilities; new playgrounds and pavilions; and infrastructure items that include parking, irrigation and landscaping.
The city purchased the land for $3.5 million last year, eyeing the potential park improvements.
The city council recently lowered its tax rate by 1.5 cents, but they float this bond in the face of rapidly rising property valuations. The bond would add 3 to 3½ cents to tax rates over the life of the bond.
Activists working against the bond began placing signs around town, drawing the ire of some on social media from parents of youth involved in sports. See their ad on page A13.
A group called Concerned Citizens of Fredericksburg paid for advertising promoting a “yes” vote on page D8.
Through Monday, 413 persons had voted early in the amendment election, an office spokesperson said. That included 349 votes cast in-person and 64 mail-in ballots.
Seven state constitutional amendments are on the ballot for all voters. (See information below.) Polling places for individual precincts are listed below for the county’s precincts.
Early voting by appearance will be conducted at the county courthouse (101 West Main Street) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Even though it is too late to register to vote on Nov. 7, individuals wishing to register to vote may do so at the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.
Polling places by precinct are listed below. Precinct numbers are found on voter registration cards. Locations are in Fredericksburg unless otherwise noted:
Pct. 1 – Gillespie County Extension Building, 95 Frederick Road.
Pct. 2 – County Courthouse, 101 W. Main St.
Pct. 3 – EMS Building, 221 Friendship Lane.
Pct. 4 – Girl Scout Cabin, 202 W. Austin St.
Pct. 5 – Harper Fire Station, 84 N. Ranch Road 783 in Harper.
Pct. 6 – Stonewall Fire Station, 14854 E. U.S. Highway 290 in Stonewall.
Pct. 7 – Farm Bureau Insurance Hall, 237 Equestrian Dr.
Pct. 8 – Willow City Fire Station, 2553 Ranch Road 1323, Willow City.
Pct. 9 – Doss Community Center, 14174 N. Ranch Road 783 in Doss.
Pct. 10 – One Quilt Place Studio, 648 Post Oak Rd.
Pct. 12 – Faith Baptist Church, 3022 N. State Highway 16.
Pct. 13 – DAV (Disabled American Veteran Building), 4076 N. U.S. 87.
Pct. 15 – Tierra Linda Fire Station, 406 Oak Alley in Kerrville.
Proposed amendments to the state constitution include:
Prop 1 (Taxes): The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution.
Prop 2 (Housing): The constitutional amendment to establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing of home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.
Prop 3 (State executive measure): The constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate after the expiration of the person’s term of office.
Prop 4 (State executive measure): The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.
Prop 5 (Gambling): The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.
Prop 6 (Taxes): The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.
Prop 7 (Banking): The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.
For more information, call the Gillespie County Clerk’s office at 830-997-6515.