Voters in many Brown County political entities will go to the polls today to elect city council members, mayors and school trustees while all Texans are invited to cast ballots on a constitutional amendment approving a ceiling on the amount of public school property taxes elderly and disabled citizens will pay.
Elections for the Brownwood, Early and Blanket school boards will not be held because there are no contested races. But Bangs and Blanket voters will be deciding the fate of sales tax options dedicated to economic development and street improvements.
Polls will be open today from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Some voters in the City of Brownwood and the Bangs Independent School District may be required to visit two polling stations to cast ballots in both the local elections and the statewide constitutional amendment.
In Brownwood, city council incumbents in Wards 2, 3 and 5 have filed for re-election and have drawn challengers.
In Ward 2, H.D. Jones is challenging incumbent Ed McMillian.
In Ward 3, Carl McMillan and Trey Davis are challenging incumbent Grady Chastain.
In Ward 5, Jerry DeHay is challenging incumbent Charles Lockwood.
All voting in the Brownwood City Council elections will be held at the Coliseum Annex. Although candidates must live within the ward they represent, all eligible city residents may vote in every race.
Brownwood municipal voters who do not report to Voting Boxes 202 or 204 will need to go to another location to vote in the state election. A table of locations for the state election is provided today.
In Early, Mayor Bob Mangrum is uncontested for a new term. Four candidates will compete for the opens council seats of David Gray and Janice Bush. Gray and Bush have filed for re-election and are challenged by Oscar Hurtado and Norman Reich. Early voters will report to the Early Lions Club.
In Bangs, incumbents Rita Barnes and Waymond Sheppard will be challenged by Steve Whittenberg for at-large seats on the Bangs City Council. Mayor Carrol Wells is also running for re-election and will face former mayor C.B. Alexander.
Bangs residents will also vote on three sales tax proposals which would increase the rate by one penny if all are approved. The first is a one-quarter cent proposal dedicated to city street maintenance and repair. The second is a half-cent plan with revenues dedicated to economic development. The third, which will also be available for consideration by residents outside the city limits but within a half-mile radius of the city, would devote one-quarter of a cent for specified municipal development. If the latter two are approved, boards would be appointed to help administer the funds.
On the Bangs school board, the positions held by Brad Davis and Jimmy Conner are set to expire. The incumbents have refiled. Others who have filed are Charles Bright, Larry Drury, Rodney James and Dennis Sanchez.
Residents of the City of Bangs in Precinct 410 will vote at the high school. Residents of the Bangs school district who are in Precinct 410 will also vote at the high school. Residents of Precinct 410 will go to the Bangs Community Center to vote in the state election.
Residents who are in the Bangs ISD and in Precinct 215 and 417 will vote at the Texas 4-H Center.
No elections are scheduled this year for the board of directors of the Brown County Water Improvement District No. 1.
In Blanket, Mayor Jack Jones and council members Russell Wigham and B.J. McGinnis are uncontested. Blanket will, however, have an election because residents will be asked to vote on the reauthorization of the local sales and use tax at the rate of one-fourth of 1 percent to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets.