Community election news: Lago Vista gets new mayor, 2 council members


Highlights

Williamson County voters eliminate the county surveyor’s office.

A $7.5 million bond fails in Bastrop County; would have paved miles of roads in Tahitian Village subdivision.

TRAVIS COUNTY

LAGO VISTA

New mayor, council members elected

Lago Vista voters ousted two City Council incumbents Tuesday.

Retired Coca-Cola sales executive David Williams unseated Council Member Mark Tippetts in Place 1 with 67 percent of the vote. Dick Weatherly, who worked as director of obstetrical anesthesia at a hospital before retiring, defeated Place 5 Council Member Stephanie Smith with 64 percent of the vote.

Council Member Ed Tidwell prevailed in the mayor’s race, defeating Council Member Kevin Sullivan with 67 percent of the vote.

Retired math teacher Arch Davila beat Enrique Lopez, a Realtor who runs the Lago Vista News Facebook page, with 70 percent of the vote for the Place 3 seat, which had been held by Tidwell.

— American-Statesman staff

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

HUTTO

EDC tax swap approved

More than twice as many voters were comfortable with the city slightly altering its economic development corporation, unofficial final voting results show.

Seventy-one percent of voters approved changing Hutto’s city corporation from Type A to Type B, while 29 percent voted against the change.

The A-to-B change allows the city corporation to help a wider variety of companies, including retail, small businesses and restaurants through tax abatements and other economic incentives.

“Today is a new day in Hutto,” Hutto City Manager Odis Jones said in a statement Tuesday night. “The citizens have sent a mandate that they want accountability with regards to their money, and that they are happy with the direction the City Council is leading our City.”

Hutto’s Economic Development Corporation is supported by a half-cent sales tax.

— Mike Parker, Round Rock Leader

GEORGETOWN

Surveyor job eliminated

In a special election to eliminate what county commissioners called an antiquated elected position, 66 percent voted to abolish the county surveyor’s office, while 34 percent voted to keep it.

The vote effectively ends the tenure of longtime county surveyor Joe Baker, who has held the elected position since the 1990s. Baker already has moved on for private work in Burnet County, according to county staff.

— Mike Parker, Round Rock Leader

HAYS COUNTY

SAN MARCOS

Council members coast to wins

Two members of the San Marcos City Council easily fended off challengers in Tuesday’s election, according to final results.

Place 3 Council Member Ed Mihalkanin ended up with 65 percent of the vote, beating challenger Amy Stanfield.

“Thank you, San Marcos! It is a honor to have your continued support,” Mihalkanin wrote on his Facebook page.

Council Member Jane Hughson retained her Place 4 seat with 81 percent of the vote, defeating challenger Joshua Simpson.

All of the San Marcos charter amendments also passed, many by more than 90 percent of the vote.

— Taylor Goldenstein, American-Statesman

BASTROP COUNTY

TAHITIAN VILLAGE

Road bond comes up short

About 62 percent of voters supported a $7.5 million bond to finish paving miles of gravel roads in the Tahitian Village subdivision, south of Bastrop — but that wasn’t enough for the measure to pass.

The proposition needed two-thirds of votes, or just over 66 percent, to pass.

Bastrop County Water Control Improvement District No. 2, which funds the road work in Tahitian Village, had planned to use the bond money to finish paving about 30 miles of gravel roads. Officials said if the measure failed, they would have to raise road fees from $13 per month to $21, and even then it will take a decade to complete the road work.

— Mary Huber, Bastrop Advertiser

BASTROP ESD NO. 1

Expansion, annexation approved

Bastrop County Emergency Services District No. 1 will expand its territory after voters approved the annexation of land along the Travis County border, according to election results.

The move will expand fire service to about 750 homes near Mason and Stony Point drives. Property owners there will pay 9 cents per $100 valuation for fire service.

The measure earned approval from voters in the ESD (57 percent) and those in the extraterritorial jurisdiction who would be joining the ESD (81 percent).

Emergency Services District voters also rejected a proposed 1.5 percent sales tax increase, which would have gone toward building a new fire station on Texas 71 and Still Forest Drive.

— Mary Huber, Bastrop Advertiser



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