Granite Shoals bonds okayed, Clinesmith and Lambert ahead

With the Burnet County Elections Office, final unofficial election results in, Nov. 7 Election Day voters lifted the totals in support of the $3 million for road improvements in Granite Shoals.
A scant 354 voters cast ballots in the election, but 194 of them, or 54.8 percent, voted for the proposition and 160, or 45.2 percent, against. A no vote would have killed the proposed road rehabilitation project for the three primary, north-south city streets. Approval means that bonds authorized last year can be sold and the project can move forward.
It is believed it is the first time in Texas that a city council asked voters if they were sure of a previous vote.
Of 152 early voters, 53.29 percent had voted against the proposition.
In the Horseshoe Bay City Council race, with Llano County votes still not in, the Burnet County totals gave Cynthia Clinesmith to top count, 15 votes, or 46.88 percent, Reagan Lambert, 14 votes, 43.75 percent, and Dennis R. Hoover, three votes, or 9.38 percent. By the Burnet County vote, Clinesmith and Lambert have won the two council seats.
Mayor Steve Jordan, unopposed, logged 17 votes from Burnet County voters.

Also in Horseshoe Bay, Proposition 1, the reauthorization of a local sales and use tax at the rate of one-fourth of one percent to provide revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets, passed. Of 24 Burnet County voters on the measure, 18, or 75 percent, said yes and 6 voters said no.

In Constitutional Amendment voting, the final unofficial votes in Burnet County were:

Proposition 1 (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):  1,086 votes, or 84.25 percent, for, and 203, or 15.75 percent, against.

Proposition 2 (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): 828 votes, or 64.94 percent, in favor, and 447 votes, 35.06 percent against.

Proposition 3 (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) received 1,079 votes, 84.23 percent, in favor and 202 votes, 15.77 percent, against.

Proposition 4 (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) held more varied opinions for voters: 811 votes, or 64.21 percent, for the amendment, and 452 votes, or 35.75 percent against.

Proposition 5 (regarding professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles) was supported by a margin of less than one percent of the voters: 634 votes, or 50.76 percent, for, and 615 votes, or 49.24 percent, against.

Proposition 6 (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 killed or fatally injured in the line of duty) was largely supported:  1,036 votes, or 80.25 percent, for, and 255 votes, or 19.75 percent, against.

Proposition 7 (relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings) also was marginally supported: 646 votes, or 50.91 percent, for, and 623 votes, or 49.09 percent, against.


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