• September 15, 2014

Cove residents to vote on $6M fire station bond, council seat

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Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 10:34 am, Mon Nov 4, 2013.

Copperas Cove residents on Tuesday will have the opportunity vote on a $6 million bond issue and a council seat.

Azeita “Z” Taylor, 42, and Marty Smith, 67, are vying for the Place 4 seat currently held by Danny Palmer, who is term limited and ineligible to run again.

Taylor is a former Cove Leader-Press editor who sits on several city committees, including the Planning and Zoning Commission.

“I am running because I love this community, and I have become vested in its interests and its residents since moving here in 2007,” Taylor said. “I also feel that it is time for Copperas Cove to introduce new faces to its governmental body. I believe I could bring a fresh vantage point to the table.”

Smith is a former Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce president. She participates in a number of civic organizations and is a past president of Central Texas-Fort Hood AUSA and the USO.

“I have never been on the council, and I will bring a new prospective,” Smith said. “I have always been active in every community in which I have lived. I feel honored to be able to give back through public service.”

Bond election

A $6 million bond is on the ballot to fund the construction of a fourth fire station and a police substation on Old Copperas Cove Road and the future Charles Tillman Way between Robert Griffin III Boulevard and Constitution Drive.

If approved by voters, the building would take about two years to complete. The city would issue the bond in the 2015 fiscal year, which could increase property taxes.

The bond would amount to about 3.32 cents per $100 of property valuation if city revenues from property and sales tax remain the same during the next year.

“Depending on the economic environment, the increase could possibly be phased in over three years,” city documents stated. “The potential tax rate impact for a homestead with a $100,000 taxable value is $31.55 in 2015.”

Fire Chief Burney Baskett and City Manager Andrea Gardner said it is possible the costs will be offset based on development of properties such as Five Hills, the Narrows Business and Technology Park and the Copperas Cove Business and Professional Park.

School board

Copperas Cove Independent School District will have a contested seat on the ballot Tuesday. Jeff Gorres, 46, dropped out of the race against incumbent Doug Cook for the Place 5 seat on the school board, but it was too late to take his name off the ballot.

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