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The City of Granite Shoals
2221 N. Phillips Ranch Road
Granite Shoals, TX 78654
Ph: 830-598-2424

Granite Shoals News

Posted on: September 9, 2019

Granite Shoals Special Elections coming November 5, 2019

November 5, 2019 Charter Amendments Election and Water Bond Election
On November 5, 2019 Granite Shoals voters will see two Special Election ballots: 
Proposed Water System Improvement Bond (7 Million) see ballot language here.    The Water System Improvements have been discussed for many months now.  Ordinance 766 Ordered the Election to place the Bond Proposition before the voters.  It also serves as the Election Notice for the Water Bond Election.  You can see it here. 

The Second Ballot that the voters will see on 11-05-2019  is 29 proposed Charter Amendments.  The ballot language is in English here and Spanish here.     To read (English Language) the Election Notice, click here.   

At their August 13, 2019 Regular City Council meeting, the City Council will called two Special Elections, to be held on November 5, 2019.  Granite Shoals city voters (along with all other Texas voters) will already be going to the polls to consider amendments to the Texas State Constitution.  For information on these 10 proposed amendments, visit the State of Texas Secretary Of State here. (This link will take you away from the City of Granite Shoals website) 

The last date to register to vote for the November 5, 2019 is Monday, October 7, 2019.  With questions for the Voter Registrar, please visit the website for the Burnet County Elections Administrator Doug Ferguson.   (this link will take you away from the City of Granite Shoals website).  

The city voters will be presented with 29 proposed amendments to the City's Charter.  These proposed amendments were recommended by the Charter Review Committee which was established by Res. 606 in December of 2018.  The Committee met from January of 2019 to May of 2019.  You can see the agendas and meeting minutes from their meetings here.   

The Charter was adopted in 2006.  The state has a constitution - the city has a Charter.  Similar to 'by-laws' for a company; the Charter establishes how the city will be organized and operated.  Cities customarily review their charters and recommend updates about every six years.  This will be the first time that the voters have considered updates to the Granite Shoals Charter.  

The city voters will also be presented with the proposed Water System bond.  

The City Council passed Res. 621 on August 1, 2019 to establish a special committee of citizens who will serve as the Election Education Committee for the November 5, 2019 Special Called City Elections.   They will hold their orientation meeting on Friday, September 13, 2019 at City Hall in Council Chambers at 6 PM.  Everyone is welcome.    

This Committee will be hosting a Special Town Hall meeting on the Special Elections.  There is also a special issue of the city's newsletter THE ROCK to provide the voters information about the proposed Charter Amendments and Bond Proposal. 

Additionally, there was a special 'Coffee With Council' held on September 7th and there will be another held on October 5th to discuss the Water Bond and the Charter Amendments.   Voters should also monitor the city's website, social media sites, and the city's official newspaper of record the HIGHLANDER NEWS.