November 2015 Election Information Guide

 

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The ballot for the joint Elections, being held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, includes seven Texas Constitutional Amendments, a Special Election for State Representative, District 118; San Antonio River Authority (SARA) Director, District 3; a $499,950,000 Bond Election for North East ISD; City Elections in Converse, Helotes, Hollywood Park, Schertz, Von Ormy, and Windcrest and other propositions.

The following information is provided as a handy reference guide. Do your homework and vote your conscience!

Early Voting: Monday, October 19 – Friday, October 30

Election Day: Tuesday, November 3

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CLICK HERE for Bexar County Election Info

CLICK HERE for Comal County Election Info

CLICK HERE for Guadalupe County Election Info

CLICK HERE for Kendall County Election Info

CLICK HERE for Wilson County Election Info


Texas Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot: Propositions 1-7

CLICK HERE to review Analyses of Proposed Constitutional Amendments

CLICK HERE to review Pros and Cons of the 2015 November Election Constitutional Propositions

CLICK HERE for recommendations on 2015 November Constitutional Propositions | Empower Texans℠

CLICK HERE for recommendation on Proposition 7 | Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom


NEISD Bond

Information provided by Northeast Independent School District

NEISD Virtual Townhall Meeting Set for Tuesday, October 20, at 4 PM: CLICK HERE to Register

From the Express-News Editorial Board: “The latest NEISD bond proposal does not carry a tax hike, and it is anticipated it will not require higher taxes for at least five years.” Read the Express-News article here.

From Kenric Ward, Texas Bureau of Watchdog.org, “Media mash-up: More school debt, higher taxes”: CLICK HERE.

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From Birds Eye View (Col Cliff Bingham, USAF Ret.), “Guest Commentary on the NEISD Bond,” published on SATP’s website: CLICK HERE.

SATP Supporter Dave Ramos spoke 20151015_201437 2to the True NORTH Neighborhood Group on October 15, concerned about future tax increases as a result of the bond and questioning why these school bond elections are held on off years versus Presidential election years. He noted that the last school bond passed by a total of 558 votes. He expressed concerns about a number of itemized expenditures that appeared to be excessive: for example, replacing bleachers versus repairing/restoring the bleachers.  CLICK HERE to read Dave’s “Food for Thought” on the NEISD Bond.

SATP Supporter Beverly Adams shared the following information from local friends familiar with the needs of the school district:

I remember someone asked about the district finances so I think the following may be of interest:  look for the Superintendent’s Message dated 9/11/15, Re. Accounting and Accountability/ Transparency. There is a search box on the top right of the screen where you can type the above if you can’t find it from the main page.Bond Information link is on the main page: details the planned projects and the PROJECTED $$$ for each project.  Many of the projects are directly connected to upgrading old facilities, old technology AND SAFETY issues.

A few points of info:

IF a project is completed early, the district saves $$$.
The earlier a project is started, we get to use today’s $$ project expenditure values, and not a inflated price. The later a project is delayed, the more the project will cost, as inflation and labor $$ will go up.

Virtual Town Hall Meeting 10/20/15 @ 4:00 pm

Also, see the bottom of the main page and take a look at the link for Transforming the Future… there is lots of information on district planned projects/ goals and Community Forum Videos.

You were asking about Common Core or C-Scope.  You can access the Dept. of Instruction from the Parent link on the main page. Also use the search box when you don’t find what you want.

Jo Ann works for the Dept. of Special Education, where she does specialized student related data entry.

We LIVE in the NEISD and we live in one of the older parts of the school district.  We see daily, the renovations that are needed. Some of the security upgrades are in direct relation to making each campus more secure in case of armed attack or assault.  We do have police officers assigned for every Middle School and High School, but only enough officers to rotate/cruise the Elem. campus and respond there when called.  I personally would like to see an Officer assigned to EVERY campus.  Oh and these are NOT security officers, but are commissioned police officers.

We hope the above information helps our NEISD neighbors understand the bond issues better.

Rodney and Jo Ann


SPECIAL ELECTION: State Representative for District 118

From MySanAntonio.com, 30 Jul 15: “Farias vs Uresti matchup shaping up in House District 118 race.”

From MySanAntonio.com, 3 Sep 15: “Field set in Texas House District 118 special election.”

From Express-News, 22 Aug 15: “Special Election a test for GOP strength in District 118.”

Candidates in the race (with links to their websites or Facebook pages):

Democrat Republican
Gabe Farias John Lujan
Tomas Uresti Robert Casias
Anthony Alcoser    aaa   Michael Holdman

 


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