By large margins, Nolanville residents Tuesday voted to keep an incumbent council member in office and passed a proposition to reauthorize a local sales and use tax to fund road repairs and maintenance.

J. Lynn Bilberry will retain his Seat 5 position for a second two-year term after defeating former mayor Dennis Biggs.

Bilberry won 76 percent of the vote in garnering 70 votes to Biggs’ 22.

The Herald spoke to Bilberry by phone Tuesday night and got his reaction to the election results.

After thanking those who served on his campaign, he said, “Serving as a councilman has given me the opportunity to be involved in several great accomplishments in the city.

“What’s great about being re-elected is that you get to continue with the work and see these projects completed. I was hopeful that people had seen what I had accomplished on the council and were appreciative of it.”

Concerning his future as a councilman, Bilberry said, “I’m really excited about the park, the downtown renovation, and the expansion of Old Nolanville Road down to Warrior’s Path. The most important thing we need to do as city is to improve our infrastructure and head for a brighter future.”

The Herald also spoke with Biggs, who said, “I would have expected a larger voter turnout but I guess the people who did vote made their choice. That will not change the fact that I will try to help the city in anyway I can. I’d also like to congratulate Lynn for winning the seat again.”

Voters also overwhelmingly approved a proposition to reauthorize a local sales and use tax.

The measure, which continues a 0.25 sales and use tax, passed with 89 votes in favor to 12 votes against.

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, “I’m thrilled voters supported the passing of the proposition. The use tax portion of the proposition will be used for road repair. It will help us continue our seven-year road maintenance plan.

“We will immediately begin spot repairs and this will make the older streets in town easier to navigate and will help with our ongoing TxDOT projects on Main Street and Old Nolanville Road,” she said.

“I’m thrilled to have Councilman Bilberry back in Seat 5 for the next two years,” Escajeda said. He’s been a very positive member in the past and I look forward to working with him.”

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