Election Day: Gregg County Polls and Polls | Elections

Gregg County polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday for municipal and school board elections.

Gregg County voters will see a variety of proposals on the ballot, including two statewide props that would affect property taxes for homeowners.

Longview residents will decide whether to approve a $45.6 million bond to help secure the Longview firefighters relief and retirement fund. If the bond proposal is not approved, officials said the city would consider other alternatives, with the most likely options increasing pension funding by gradually increasing the property tax rate, finding other sources of revenue or by reducing the funding of other municipal services. .

Residents of the city’s Spring Hill neighborhood will elect a new representative to council after Longview District 5 Councilor David Wright opted out of his third and final three-year term.

And Longview ISD stakeholders will vote on four bond proposals totaling $230 million. The measures fund everything from a new early learning center, high school renovations, a new events center and indoor training facility, renovations to Lobo Coliseum and Lobo Stadium and more. Officials said the bond package will not raise taxes.

Voting places

Residents of Gregg County can vote at any of these sites:

Longview Community Center, Small Dining Hall: 500 E. Whaley St., Longview

Judson Community Center, Main Hall: 1129 FM 1844, Longview

Pine Tree Community Centre, meeting room: 1701 Pine Tree Road, Longview

Greggton Community Center, Meeting Room: 3211 W. Marshall Ave., Longview

First Methodist Church of Gladewater, Gymnasium: 217 W. Quitman Ave., Gladewater

Sabine ISD, Old Elementary Cafeteria: 5219 Old Hwy 135 N, Gladewater

Meadowbrook Country Club, Dining Room: 1306 Houston St., Kilgore

Elderville Community Center, Main Hall: 10450 Texas 149, Longview

Longview ISD Education Support Center, Conference Room: 1301 E. Young St., Longview

For Longview residents who live in Harrison County, voting is also available at:

Woodland Hills Baptist Church: 2105 E. Loop 281, Longview

Gregg County

The two state proposals relate to homestead exemptions, which are currently state-imposed at $25,000:

For or against:

Proposal 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 public elementary and general secondary school purposes on the family residence of a person who is elderly or disabled to reflect any statutory reduction from the previous tax year in the maximum compressed rate of maintenance and operating taxes imposed for these purposes on homesteads.

The proposal would increase the homestead exemption to $40,000 for elderly and disabled homeowners whose school taxes are frozen under state law.

For or against:

Proposal 2: “The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the exemption of homestead property from ad valorem tax for public school purposes from $25,000 to $40,000.

Town of Longview

TOWN HALL DISTRICT 5

Three candidates are running for his seat:

Bernd “Dutch” Deblouw: Deblouw, 37, is from the Netherlands and came to the United States when he was 19 years old. He was previously a Longview firefighter. He now owns and operates Longview IT, an information technology company.

Michelle Gamboa: Gamboa, 27, was born in Mexico and raised in the United States after her family immigrated here when she was 7. She graduated from Spring Hill High School and went to Texas A&M University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. with a minor in psychology. Gamboa is the Operations Manager of Longview’s family business, Roof Care.

Jose Sanchez: Sanchez, 46, came to the United States from Mexico with his family when he was 5 years old. He lived in the same Spring Hill neighborhood he grew up in ever since. He went to law school at Texas Tech University and eventually earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University. He owns a law firm in Longview.

PROPOSAL A

Longview voters will consider allowing the city to take on $45.6 million in new debt to help secure the Longview firefighters relief and retirement fund. A consultant who studied the fund estimated that it would run out of money in 20 years if no action was taken to add funding to the plan, and state guidelines established new requirements that require the funds to pension in similar situations across the state to establish a plan within a certain period to consolidate the funds.

For or against:

“The issuance of $45,600,000 million in bonds by the City of Longview for the purpose of financing all or part of the City’s accumulated unfunded debt to the Longview Firefighters Relief and Retirement Fund, and to levy a tax sufficient to make payments of principal and interest thereon.

Town of Gladewater

TOWN HALL PLACE 4 (MANDATE NOT EXPIRED)

Jacob Jed Garland

Teddy W. Sorrells, Jr.

CIO Longview

Longview ISD is offering a $230 million bond package to fund various campus improvements and new facilities.

District officials said the package would not raise property taxes, despite mandatory state wording on the ballot indicating otherwise.

“Everything we talked about here today can be done without raising the tax rate,” Longview ISD Superintendent James Wilcox said at a meeting in February.

Wilcox also said in February that the district had enacted reduced property tax rates for each of the past three years, with a current tax rate of $1.4147 per $100 assessment. That’s down from $1,513 per $100 valuation in the 2018-19 budget year.

In paying the bond, the district is using the same approach it took with the $266 million bond package approved in 2008: it does not provide for an increase in the district’s net assessed value. Instead, it expects its net taxable value to remain at its current total of more than $4.9 billion for the foreseeable future, although historical taxable value information shows that the district’s tax base overall has increases.

PROPOSAL A

For or against:

“The issuance of $178,185,000 in bonds by Longview ISD for school facilities and school sites and the collection of taxes in payment thereof. This is a property tax increase.

PROPOSAL B

For or against:

“The issuance of $40,795,000 in bonds by Longview ISD for Extracurricular Facilities: A General Purpose Multipurpose Indoor Facility, Sports and Music and Baseball and Football Facilities and the collection of taxes in payment thereof this. This is a property tax increase.

PROPOSAL C

For or against:

“The issuance of $8,565,000 in bonds by Longview ISD for the renovation and equipping of Lobo Stadium and Lobo Coliseum and the collection of taxes in payment thereof. This is a property tax increase.

PROPOSAL D

For or against:

“The issuance of $2,440,000 in bonds by Longview ISD for the renovation and equipping of the neighborhood swimming pool and the collection of taxes in payment thereof. This is a property tax increase.

ISD pin

PLACE OF ADMINISTRATION 4

Frank T. Richards

Rob Woods

PLACE OF ADMINISTRATION 5

Tony Hawkins, Sr.

Cindy Gabehart

ISD white oak

PRIVACY PLACE 1

David Carr

Shelly Smith

Jackson Howard

PLACE OF PRIVACY 2

Jessica Hughes

Butler Sean

Kilgore ISD

PLACE OF ADMINISTRATION 6

Rachel Harington

Joe Parker

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