Cove Voting

Copperas Cove residents walk out of the Copperas Cove Civic Center after voting Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Tuesday’s ballots contained local races for Cove, Gatesville and Nolanville voters and state constitutional propositions for all state voters.

Eric J. Shelton | Herald

There will not be a Municipal Development District in Copperas Cove.

Voters in Copperas Cove overwhelmingly voted against the proposition for an MDD Tuesday night.

A total of 1,021 votes were cast against the proposition (66.1 percent) while 524 voted for it (33.9 percent).

Proposition A, as worded on the ballot, had called for: “The authorizing the creation of the Copperas Cove Municipal Development District and the imposition of a sales and use tax at the rate of three-eighth percent for the purpose of financing development projects beneficial to the district.”

If approved, the MDD would not have been funded until the Economic Development Corporation was dissolved. That would have taken a separate election.

Copperas Cove Council candidate Marc Payne campaigned against the proposition from the start.

“It was voted down by such a wide margin because people want primary, skilled jobs with higher pay,” Payne said Tuesday night. “We also want less waste.”

Under the current Texas structure, the sales tax is 8.25 percent, of which the state gets 6.25 percent. The remaining 2 percent amount is considered the local option. The economic development portion is three-eighths of 1 percent of sales and use taxes.

The primary purposes of an EDC is to create or retain primary jobs. A MDD is a special purpose district created for the purpose of generating economic development and growth opportunities within the boundaries of the district. The MDD would allow a government to use tax dollars for quality of life projects such as parks and sidewalks.

Vote for Proposition A in Copperas Cove
 FOR524 votes (33.9 percent) 
 AGAINST 1,021 votes (66.1 percent)

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