Pursuant to Ordinance No. 19-03, the General Election to be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 for the purpose of electing a Mayor, one (1) Council Member Place 3, and one (1) Council Member Place 5 is hereby canceled. The City Secretary has certified to the City Council that the candidates are unopposed for election and are hereby declared duly elected, with each to serve a term of two years, terminating in May 2021.
The following candidates shall be listed on the ballot under the heading “Unopposed Candidates Declared Elected”:
Mayor - Thomas A. Schoolcraft
Council Member Place 3 - Norbert “Bert” Buys
Council Member Place 5 - Paul Friedrichs
On January 24, 2019, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 19-02 and ordered a special election to be held on May 4, 2019 on a proposition for the reauthorization of the Sales and Use Tax for street maintenance in the City of Helotes.
BACKGROUND: The City's 0.25 percent sales tax for street maintenance, also called one-fourth (1/4) of one percent (1%) tax, was first approved by Helotes voters on November 3, 2015. The tax took effect on April 1, 2016 and will expire on March 31, 2020 (the fourth anniversary of the date the tax originally took place) unless the City holds an election to reauthorize the tax as prescribed in Tax Code, Section 327.007. The sales tax is collected from everyone who shops in Helotes, unlike property taxes that are collected only from home and business owners in the City. This is not a tax increase, but the reauthorization of the current sales tax.
BALLOT LANGUAGE: The proposition on the May special election ballot will permit qualified voters of the City of Helotes to vote FOR or AGAINST the following proposition:
CITY OF HELOTES PROPOSITION 1: The reauthorization of the local sales and use tax in the City of Helotes, Texas at the rate of one-fourth of one percent to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets. The tax expires on the fourth anniversary of the date of this election unless the imposition of the tax is reauthorized.
A vote FOR Proposition 1 would allow for the continuation of funding, specifically dedicated for the maintenance and repair of municipal streets, for a four (4) year period taking effect on April 1, 2020 and expiring on March 31, 2024. The funding may only be used to maintain and repair municipal streets and sidewalks that existed on the date of the election to adopt the tax. It may not be used to build new streets.
A vote AGAINST Proposition 1 would allow for the expiration of the local sales and use tax and decrease funding for the maintenance and repair of municipal streets. If a majority of the votes cast in this election do not favor the reauthorization of the tax, the City may not call an election on the question of authorizing a new tax until after April 1, 2021.
Leaving the ballot blank or voting for both Option 1 and 2 will result in the authorization of Option 2.
Helotes City Hall will be an early voting location and an election day location.
Early voting will be held April 22, 2019 - April 30, 2019. Voters can visit any early voting polling site and cast their ballot. A full list of early voting locations and hours can be viewed HERE.
On election day, voters must visit their designated voting location. Below are the Helotes precinct numbers and respective polling place for election day:
Precinct No. 2154 SA MUD #1, 16450 Wildlake
Precinct Nos. 2095, 2101 & 2120 Helotes City Hall, 12951 Bandera Road
Precinct Nos. 3008, 3106, 3158 & 3160 Helotes Elementary, 13878 Riggs Road
IDENTIFICATION: When you take your vote to the polls, make sure to take a valid form of identification. The following are the seven (7) acceptable forms of photo identification: Texas Drivers License,Texas Election ID Certificate, Texas Personal Identification Card, Texas Handgun License, US Citizenship Certificate with Photo, US Military ID Card with Photo and US Passport Book or Card. If you do not possess one of these IDs, please visit VoteTexas.gov.
SPECIAL VOTING CONDITION: Each polling location has curbside voting for people who have difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time. Those voters can call the polling site where they plan to cast their early ballots, and a poll worker will bring the ballot to the car.
VOTER REGISTRATION: The voter registration deadline is April 4, 2019. Voters can check their registration status at the Bexar County Elections Department website.
MAIL IN VOTE: Some voters can also cast their ballots by mail. Those include people traveling on Election Day and during early voting, the sick or disabled, voters 65 or older and those confined in jail but eligible to vote. Applications requesting mail ballots must be delivered by mail to the elections department by April 23, 2019.