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Here's Everything You Need To Know To Vote In Central Texas

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Texas' seven constitutional amendmentsaren't the only thing on the ballot this Election Day. 

Voters across Central Texas will decide the fate of school bond propositions, charter amendments and plenty of city council elections on Nov. 7. Here's a roundup of everything on the upcoming ballot. 

Travis County – Austin ISD's billion-dollar school bond will be top-of-mind for Austin voters, in addition to a countywide improvement bond.

  • Austin ISD – The bond would allow the district to fund the first phase of a 25-year maintenance and upgrade plan, modernizing 11 schools and providing money for the construction of two new schools. Supporters say the plan wouldn't trigger a rise in taxes. Opponents argue the revamp would favor more affluent schools on the city's West Side.
  • Travis County – Voters will also decide whether to approve $185 million in bonds to fix longstanding problems like neglected roads and efforts to extend services to eastern stretches of the county outside Austin, Pflugerville and Manor's city services.
  • Municipal utility districts – Residents will also decide whether to create two new municipal utility districts in Travis County.  
  • Manor – Rita Jonse is running uncontested for mayor of Manor, and Gene Kruppa and Anne Weir are running unopposed for Manor City Council, places 1 and 3, respectively. 
  • Pflugerville – Jeff Marsh and Adeline Bui are running for Place 2 on the Pflugerville City Council; George Lueck and Rudy Metayer are vying for the Place 4 seat; and Jim McDonald and Victor Johnson are up for the Place 6 seat.
  • Sunset Valley – Ketan Kharod, Marc Bruner and Rudi Rosengarten are all on the ballot for places on the Sunset Valley City Council.
  • Lake Travis ISD – Voters will decide on a $253 million school facility bond. 
  • Leander – Leander ISD's $454.4 million bond would go toward buying land for future schools, building four new schools, expanding two schools and improving several others. It would also go toward new school buses. 
  • Lago Vista ISD – The school district is seeking $2.9 million in bond money for new school buses and facility construction-related costs.

See the Travis County sample ballot here.

Learn more about the proposed municipal utility districts here.

See the full list of Travis County's city and school measures here.

Find a place to vote using the interactive map below.

Williamson County – Top ballot items in Williamson County include a proposition to abolish the office of county surveyor and a $454 million Leander ISD school facilities bond. Pflugerville will elect three city council places, and residents of Northwest Williamson County and North San Gabriel will decide whether to create municipal utility districts. 

  • Pflugerville – Jeff Marsh and Adeline Bui are running for Place 2 on the Pflugerville City Council; George Lueck and Rudy Metayer are vying for the Place 4 seat; and Jim McDonald and Victor Johnson are up for the Place 6 seat.
  • Hutto – Hutto will vote on a redirection of a sales tax that aims to expand business attraction and development to the city.
  • Leander – Leander ISD's $454.4 million bond would go toward buying land for future schools, building four new schools, expanding two schools and improving several others. It would also go toward new school buses. 
  • Northwest Williamson County and North San Gabriel – Residents could approve creation of a municipal utility district, certify a property tax rate and set aside millions in bond propositions to build out utility infrastructure.

See a full breakdown of the Williamson County ballot here.

Hays County – San Marcos, Buda and Kyle will all elect city council members, while the latter two will elect their next mayor.

  • San Marcos – Ed Mihalkanin and Amy Stanfield are running for the Place 3 seat, while Jane Hughson and Joshua Simpson square off for the Place 4 seat. Voters will also decide on the structure of the council, with a proposal to expand the council from four seats to five and eliminate the position of city manager. In total, San Marcos voters have 21 city propositions on the ballot. You can read them all here.
  • Kyle – The District 1 seat in Kyle will be decided by a special election between Marco Pizana and Dex Ellison. Tracy Scheel is running uncontested in District 2. Alex Villalobos and Tim R. McHutchion are running for the District 4 spot. Bill Sinor, Jaime Sanchez, Nicole Romero-Piche and Travis Mitchell are all running for mayor. See the full sample ballot here.
  • Buda – George Haehn is running uncontested for mayor. Jose Montoya and Paul Daugereau are running for Place 4 on the Buda City Council. That place was vacated by Haehn after he decided to run for mayor. Clark Beach and Remy Fallon are running for Place 5. Evan Ture is running in an uncontested race for Place 6. Buda city propositions include a measure to resume fluoridation of the drinking water and whether to transition the City Council to six, single-member district positions, as well as 18 other measures that deal largely with the city's charter and governmental operations. Read all 20 propositions here

Bastrop County – Bastrop ISD's $88 million bond proposition is at the top of the ballot. In addition, voters will weigh in on a $7.5 million bond for the Bastrop County Water Control and Improvement District 2 and whether to add stretches of the county to Austin's extraterritorial jurisdiction. Ward 3's seat on the Elgin City Council will be decided, as well. 

  • Bastrop – The school district bond would put $88.5 million toward construction and renovation of schools within Bastrop ISD. You can read the ballot language here, and visit BISD's website for more information on the bond proposal.
  • Elgin voters will choose between James Mark Jones and incumbent Daniel Lopez for the Ward 3 seat on the Elgin City Council

See the full Bastrop County ballot here

Here's a list of all polling locations in Bastrop County.

Blanco County – Other than the constitutional amendments, Blanco County has no measures on the ballot. In Johnson City, you can vote early at the City Hall at 303 E. Pecan St.  

Caldwell County – Voters in Lockhart will have a mayoral race and two city council races on the ballot this November, as well as a slew of charter amendments to tweak everything from residency and age requirements for city candidates to setting aside a rainy day fund. 

Homer "Papa" Shaw faces off against incumbent Mayor Lew White, while Ray Sanders and Kara McGregor are running for the District 3 seat. Jeffry Michelson is running unopposed in District 4.

Voters will vote on nine propositions, as well. Most of them are civic housekeeping-minded measures – adjustments to the city manager-nomination process, the budget proposal process and election-related changes. Proposition I, however, would set aside 3 percent of the city's budget annually for contingencies.

Read the entire list of propositions here

Here's a full list of polling locations in Caldwell County.

Clarification: The Leander ISD bond would also go toward building four new schools. A previous version of this post omitted that information. 

Correction: This story incorrectly stated Hutto's tax election would increase the city's sales tax. There will be no net increase.

Andrew Weber is a general assignment reporter for KUT, focusing on criminal justice, policing, courts and homelessness in Austin and Travis County. Got a tip? You can email him at Follow him on Twitter @England_Weber.
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