November packed with local elections

Jerrie Whiteley Herald Democrat

At a recent meeting of the Grayson County commissioner’s court, GC Elections Administrator Deana Patterson, shared the voting places, times, and dates for both early voting and Election Day voting for the Nov. 7 election.

Patterson said the city of Sherman is the only local city that has moved its municipal election to November in order to join with the county’s election. Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said he can’t see why more cities haven’t done so since it would save them money.

The county’s chief election official said all she can do is work with the ones who want to partner with the county. This November, that will include, the city of Sherman and the city of Tioga (for a local option election) and several school districts that are holding bond elections including Sherman Independent School District, Howe ISD, Pottsboro ISD and S&S Consolidated Independent School District. Patterson said the great thing about it is that anyone can vote at any location for any race for which they are qualified to vote.

Early Voting

Early voting for all elections will begin on Oct. 23 and go through Nov. 3. Voting will be scheduled as follows: October 23-27, 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.; October 28, 7 a.m. — 7 p.m.; October 29, 12 p.m. — 5 p.m.; Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.; and Nov. 2-3 Thursday-Friday 7 a.m. — 7 p.m.

Early voting locations include: The Grayson County Elections Administration Building, 115 W. Houston in Sherman; Grayson County Sub-Courthouse, 101 W. Woodard in Denison; Pottsboro ISD Administration Building, 105 Cardinal Lane in Pottsboro; Whitesboro City Hall, 111 W. Main in Whitesboro; and Grayson College, 1455 W. Van Alstyne Pkwy, in Van Alstyne.

Election Day voting

Election Day voting will last from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following location for all elections: Bells City Hall 203 S. Broadway in Bells; Collinsville Community Building 117 N. Main; Grayson College-Denison 6101 Grayson Dr. in Denison; Grayson County Sub-Courthouse 101 W. Woodard in Denison; Parkside Baptist Church 301 N. Lillis Lane in Denison; Southside Baptist Church 3500 S. Park in Denison; First Baptist Church 187 Gordonville Rd. in Gordonville; First Baptist Church 99 Gentle Creek Lane in Gunter; Howe Community Center 700 W. Haning in Howe; Pottsboro ISD Administration Bldg. 105 Cardinal Lane in Pottsboro; Sadler Baptist Church 419 S. Main, in Sadler (This is a new location); East Sherman Baptist Church 910 E. King in Sherman; Election Administration Building 115 W. Houston in Sherman; Faith Church 1800 N. FM 1417 in Sherman; Luella First Baptist Church 3162 Hwy. 11 in Sherman; Municipal Building 405 N. Rusk in Sherman; SISD Service Center 2701 Loy Lake Rd in Sherman; Texoma Council of Governments 1117 Gallagher Sherman; United Way of Grayson County 713 E. Brockett in Sherman; Southmayd City Hall 4525 Elementary Dr. in Southmayd; Tioga Fire Dept. Meeting Room 601 E. Main St. in Tioga; First National Bank-Tom Bean 109 S. Britton in Tom Bean; Grayson College-Van Alstyne 1455 W. Van Alstyne Pkwy. in Van Alstyne; Whitesboro City Hall 111 W. Main in Whitesboro; and Whitewright City Hall 206 W. Grand in Whitewright.

The city of Sherman election, Patterson said, only affects precincts 101, 102,103, 104, 106, 108, 301, 302, 303, 304,405, 408 and 409.

Sherman city and ISD elections

The Sherman municipal election will see two people replaced on the city council. The District 2 seat is being vacated by Council Member Terrence Steele. The District 4 seat is currently held by Charles H. Brown, Sr. who has indicated he was not planning to run again.

After voters struck down a $308 million bond in May, SISD has called for a $107 million bond election in November. The $176 million package will feature districtwide technology updates, a new high school facility, and the reconfiguration of the middle schools and elementaries in making use of the old Sherman High School building. The new high school will have a capacity of 2,300 students and will be over 453,000 square feet in size. The cost for the new facility is estimated at $157,871,390. The bond will be funded by a 21-cent increase in the tax rate. For those with a home valued at $100,000 this comes out to approximately an additional $17.50 per month. Tax rate increases were considered between 20 cents and 23 cents. The board settled at the 21-cent increase and said it would cover immediate concerns and allow some work to begin for the future.

Howe ISD bond

Howe ISD wants its voters to support a $17 million dollar bond to build a new elementary school to keep up with growth. The new school will have pre-K through second grade and serve up to 400 students. The bond will be funded through an increase in the district’s tax rate. The rate will be increased from $1.395 per $100 valuation to $1.569 per $100 valuation for next year if the bond passes.

Pottsboro ISD bond

Pottsboro ISD wants its voters to pass a $54.7 million bond package meant to update many of the district’s facilities. The Pottsboro ISD board also gave voters the option to select an additional $4 million multipurpose facility, if they would like to do so. The bond includes a host of projects, including a new elementary school, districtwide technology upgrades, and renovations and additions to the middle school, high school, athletic facilities and the old intermediary school, which will serve as the district’s new administration building.

The $54.7 million stand-alone package is expected to increase the district’s interest and sinking tax rate from its current 11 cents to 39 cents, placing the overall tax rate at $1.43 per $100 valuation. Should voters opt to add the multipurpose facility for another $4 million, the $58.7 million version of the package would raise the I&S rate from 11 cents to 42 cents, pushing the overall rate to $1.46 per $100 valuation.

S&S CISD’s bond

S&S CISD’s bond is for $20.5 million bond and will, if passed, allow the district to build a new middle school for grades 5 through 8. The construction will include a campus storm shelter and accommodate future expansion. It will be built on district-owned property in Sadler. Information on the district’s website said the bond will cost average homeowners $240 a year or $20 a month.

Tioga local option

The city of Tioga is holding a local option election on Nov 7. The city hopes to legalize the sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed drinks.

Herald Democrat reporters Rhea Bermel and Drew Smith and Managing Editor William C. Wadsack contributed to this report.