Reasons for East Texans to get out and vote

East Texas voting locations and items on the ballot

SMITH COUNTY, TX - Election day is November 7th. 

Smith county reported a little over 1,500 people voted during early voting so here is a few reasons why you might want to get out and vote. 

In Smith county, Proposition A is for $39.5 million in tax bonds. The money is for Phase 1 of the smith county road and bridge projects. Phase 1 is for 2018-2020.

The proposition will increase homeowner's taxes by seven-tenths of a penny. That means, if your home is worth $100,000 you will pay $7/year. The average home is $165,841 which would be $11.61/year.

The city of Arp has two propositions to vote on. Prop. A will legalize the sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages. Prop. B increases the city general sales tax rate by $.50 which makes it the same as other cities in East Texas. 

The money from the two propositions will go towards replacing old water lines from the 1960s. The mayor said this is an almost five million dollar project. The city is hoping by voting for these two propositions they won't have to increase utility bills that much to pay for the water line project. 

In Whitehouse, there are amendments to the Home Rule Charter on the ballot. This changes the term limits of the city council and the mayor. It would change from 2 years to 3 years if it passes.

Another amendment would get rid of term limits. This will help keep the council seats filled and give the people a chance to know their council members when a seat changes. 

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