Nolanville voters will go to the polls Tuesday to consider a contested council race and a proposition to fund road repairs and maintenance.
Though no city election is on the ballot in Harker Heights voters can weigh in on seven proposed amendments to the state constitution.
Today is the last day for early voting across Bell County, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In the race for Seat 5 on the Nolanville City Council, incumbent J. Lynn Bilberry will face off against former mayor and councilman Dennis K. Biggs.
Two other council seats are uncontested. They are held by Mayor Pro Tem Lawrence “Butch” Reis in Seat 2 and David C. Williams, II, in Seat 4.
Also on the ballot is a proposition asking residents whether they favor reauthorization of a local sales and use tax for roads.
The proposition states: “The reauthorization of the local sales and use tax in the City of Nolanville, Texas at the rate of ¼ 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.”
City Manager Kara Escajeda said, “Passage of this is critical to keep moving forward with repairs and preventative maintenance over the next several years.”
Seat 5 candidates Bilberry and Biggs both have council experience.
Bilberry also said he worked with a variety of people while in the military and in public school administration, giving him an appreciation of a variety of ideas people bring.
Biggs cited his experience as a councilman, mayor and in business. He said his leadership experience gave him an idea of how the city works and helped him make contacts needed to take action.
Both candidates say planning for growth is important.
Bilberry said developing a strong infrastructure was a priority and developing recreation for residents was important.
Biggs said bringing businesses to the area is important and developing a library, theater and local transportation would help attract them.
For more information about the Nolanville election, go online to http://ci.nolanville.tx.us/page/Elections or call 254-698-6335.
Following is a list of the proposed state amendments that will appear on the ballot.
The changes to the Texas Constitution were first proposed by the Legislature through joint resolutions that received a minimum of 100 votes in the House and 21 votes in the Senate. The amendments must be approved by a majority of voters come Election Day.
Proposition One: If approved, this will allow a partially disabled veteran or their surviving spouse to a partial property tax exemption if the home was donated at no cost to the veteran, according to the League of Women Voters of Texas. The percentage of the tax exemption would correlate to the percentage of disability of the veteran.
Proposition Two: The proposed amendment would ease restrictions on borrowing against home equity, according to the Texas Tribune.
Proposition Three: Under this proposal, if an unsalaried appointee’s term expires when the Legislature is not in regular session, the person will continue to serve until the next legislative session has ended.
Proposition Four: Under this proposition, courts would be required to notify the Texas attorney general of any constitutional challenges to state laws.
Proposition Five: This would expand the definition of a “professional sports team” to allow team-connected foundations to hold charitable raffles.
Proposition Six: Should voters approve this proposition, surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty would be eligible for a property tax exemption. The spouse would be eligible only if they have not remarried. If the spouse moves to a new home, they are still eligible for an equivalent tax exemption.
Proposition Seven: Like proposition five, this would allow banks and other financial institutions to hold a raffle or award prizes to encourage savings.