Vote Tuesday for city council and more

2017 Election

Two San Marcos City Council seats, about two dozen city charter amendments and seven amendments to the Texas Constitution are on the ballot for Tuesday’s election.

Place 3 incumbent Ed Mihalkanin faces Amy Stanfield for his place on the city council, while Place 4 incumbent Jane Hughson is running against Joshua Simpson for her spot on the council.

The proposed amendments to the city charter cover numerous issues, including changes to the Personal Interest and Code of Ethics section, corrections of grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors, changing the phrase “municipal government” to “city government,” and changing “city secretary” to “city clerk.” One amendment would give the city’s Ethics Review Commission the authority to hold hearings and make recommendations regarding alleged violations of the charter. Another amendment would require the vote of at least five members of the city council, rather than four, to remove the city manager. Yet another amendment would add, among the goals of the San Marcos city government, “to promote high quality affordable housing; and to conserve and protect the San Marcos River, its springs, aquifer and tributaries.”

There are 23 proposed amendments to the San Marcos City Charter on the ballot.

The proposed constitutional amendments involve issues ranging from tax exemptions for partially disabled veterans and/or their spouses, and surviving spouses of first responders who are killed in the line of duty, to raffles held by professional sports team charitable foundations.

Last week, Hays County Elections Administrator Jennifer Anderson said that early voting turnout had been low. As of Friday evening, Anderson said, 3,794 early voting ballots had been cast countywide, and 146 mailin ballots had been received. Kyle, Buda and San Marcos have municipal elections on the ballot. Dripping Springs and Wimberley voters are just voting on Constitutional Amendments.

On Election Day, voting locations will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. A list of voting precincts and their voting locations is available online.

San Marcos Daily Record

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