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KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas — Kaufman County voters will begin heading to the polls on Monday to weigh a number of issues — several multi-million dollar countywide and school district bond referendums and 10 Texas constitutional amendments, including a proposition to limit the imposition of an individual income tax.

Early voting in the November 5, 2019, Election begins on Monday, October 21, 2019, and continues through Friday, November 1, 2019. See below for a complete list of polling locations and times.

One of the bigger issues facing statewide voters, and probably the most confusing on the ballot, is Proposition 4 which proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax. Passage of Proposition 4 would make it more difficult for future legislators to enact a personal income tax because it would require a future two-thirds vote from the Texas Senate, House, and a majority of statewide voters.

On the ballot, the proposition reads, "The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income." So, if you are against a state income tax, you would vote yes, or "for," to prohibit the imposition of such a tax. If you are for a state income tax, you would vote "against" the proposition.

Locally, voters in the Forney Independent School District and throughout Kaufman County will weigh multi-million dollar school, transportation, and facilities bonds.

The Forney Independent School District is seeking a $623 million bond in anticipation of a 70-percent enrollment growth estimate over the next 10 years — to fund, among other things, new campuses, campus expansions and improvements, and a College and Career Center. For more information on the Forney ISD bond election, click here.

Kaufman County is seeking two bond referendums, Proposition A and Proposition B, totaling $154.1 million. Proposition A calls for $104.1 million for transportation improvements throughout the county. Proposition B calls for $50 million for the construction of a new $37-million Kaufman County Justice Center and various improvements to the county's facilities throughout the county. For more information on Kaufman County's proposed bond elections, click here.

City of Crandall voters will weigh an option to chose a commission to frame a new charter which would being the process of transitioning the city from a General Law city to a Home Rule city, governed by a charter. If approved, the Charter Commission will prepare a proposed charter, present it to the city council, and, upon council's approval, will place the proposed charter on a future ballot to be voted on by the citizens.

City of Mesquite residents residing in Kaufman County will vote on a Mayoral election between challenger and current city council member Bruce Archer and incumbent Stan Pickett. District 6 voters will decide on the Place 6 council member seat between Daniel Aleman Jr. and Christina M. Sowells.

Voters near Hearltand and Cottonwood will decide on two new Special Assistance Districts, 2 and 3, respectively, and imposition of a Sales and Use Tax at the rate of two percent. Kaufman County Assistance District 2 is generally located in the central and northwestern portion of Kaufman County near the Heartland development and adjacent County Road 260 in Precinct 1. Kaufman County Assistance District 3 is generally located in southern Kaufman County in the area commonly known as Cottonwood in Precinct 4.

Voters in the Becker-Jiba Water Supply Corporation area will decide whether to convert the water supply corporation into the Becker-Jiba Special Utility District and, simultaneously, will vote on three director positions should the conversion be approved.

The Kaufman County Emergency Services District 6 is proposing an increase to the maximum ad valorem tax rate within their district at a rate not to exceed 10 cents per $100 valuation. Ad valorem taxes collected in the district fund fire protection and emergency medical services. The district encompasses the Forney ISD boundaries, portions of the Rockwall ISD boundaries within Kaufman County, and excludes the city limits of Forney.

Kaufman County Fresh Water Supply District No. 7 proposes creation and propositions to function as a road district, maintain the district's sewer and waste, and impose and levy a maintenance tax not to exceed $1 per $100 home valuation.

Early voting hours:

Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Monday October 21, 2019 through Friday October 25, 2019.

Hours: 7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. Saturday October 26, 2019

Hours: 1:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Sunday October 27, 2019

Hours: 7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. Monday October 28, 2019 through Friday November 1, 2019

Locations:

Kaufman County Courthouse Annex Forney Sub Courthouse

100 N. Washington Street 200 E Main St.

Kaufman, TX 75142 Forney, TX 75126

Kemp Sub Courthouse Terrell Sub Courthouse

103 N. Main 408 E. College

Kemp, TX 75143 Terrell, TX 75160

Lewis Elementary Criswell Elementary

1309 Luckenbach 401 FM 740

Forney, TX 75126 Forney, TX 75126

Crosby Elementary Blackburn Elementary

495 Diamond Creek Dr. 2401 Concord

Forney, TX 75126 Forney, TX 75126

Henderson Elementary

12755 FM 1641

Forney, TX 75126