Last chance to vote: Saturday for CISD Trustee election

Tomorrow:  School Board and Texas Propositions
Saturday, May 7
7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

 

Saturday has two contested races and two propositions on the ballot.  Be informed, and above all else, vote! 

In the CISD race, we are opposed to efforts to bring social equity policies into CISD.  As a result, we urge CISD residents to vote against any candidate who voted for the CISD resolution that gets away from a focus on the basics of education.  It is a dangerous effort to indoctrinate children rather than teaching them critical thinking skills.

In the Dallas County Community College race, here is an article that outlines the differences in the candidates.  
https://dallasexpress.com/phil-ritter-challenged-in-college-board-election/

Coppell Sample Ballot


How to pull up YOUR Sample Ballot – 
  • go to https://www.dallascountyvotes.org/
  • put cursor over ‘Voter Information’
  • scroll down and click on ‘Voter Lookup and View Personal Sample Ballot’
  • type in First Name, Last Name & Date of Birth, OR your VUID (Voter ID) Number as shown on your Voter Registration Card; then click on ‘Search’
  • click on ‘View Sample Ballot’, and/or ‘View Vote Center Locations’ 
 
You can also click on these link to see Election Day polling locations. Polls should be open 7am-7pm.  Hopefully nothing will change between now and the election.   
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Explanation of the Propositions:

State of Texas Proposition 1

"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for the reduction of the amount of a limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for general elementary and secondary public school purposes on the residence homestead of a person who is elderly or disabled to reflect any statutory reduction from the preceding tax year in the maximum compressed rate of the maintenance and operations taxes imposed for those purposes on the homestead."
 
Here’s an explanation of Prop 1 by Texas Scorecard -  Special Election Propositions Could Lower Some Texans’ Property Taxes - Texas Scorecard
The first proposition included on May’s ballot would lower the property tax rate on homesteads for both disabled residents and those over the age of 65. Specifically, the amendment would limit the amount of school maintenance and operations taxes those residents are required to pay.
 
State of Texas Proposition 2
"The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $25,000 to $40,000."
 
The explanation by Texas Scorecard states - 
This amendment proposes to increase the homestead exemption from $25,000 to $40,000. According to State Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R–Houston), who proposed both amendments, Proposition 2 will lower property taxes for homestead owners by close to $175 per year.


Texas Scorecard also states – 
“If passed, both of these propositions will cut independent school district property tax bills by increasing homeowner exemptions that will save money for all 5.67 million homesteads in the State of Texas,” said Bettencourt. “Over 65 homeowners will see their freeze values actually decline, and lifetime savings from both bills in the many thousands.”
Election Day Volunteers Needed
If you're available to help on May 7, please contact Jean Shiflett-Kenas at jkenascrc@outlook.com