Early voting begins for November 5 elections

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October 21, 2019 - 9:36 am

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Early voting is underway for the November 5 election, which has a number of ballot issues for the state of Texas, the City of Austin, Travis and Williamson Counties, and local school districts. Here is a summary of the proposals being put before voters:

City of Austin Proposition A: This measure would call for an election to be held on any lease of city-owned property for use as a sports or entertainment venue. While this proposition began as a petition during the effort to lease city-owned land at McKalla Place to Austin FC for a Major League Soccer stadium, opponents say that the proposed language means any city venue and lease would come under its rules - including facilities such as the Long Center, Zach Theatre, North Ausitn YMCA, and Butler Park Pitch and Putt.

City of Austin Proposition B: This measure would require an election to be held for any expansion of the Austin Convention Center totaling $20 million or more. It would also require that no more than 34% of the city's hotel occupancy taxes go towards the facility.

Travis County Proposition A: Asks voters to put Travis County in line for funding from hotel occupancy taxes, in order to renovate the Travis County Expo Center. The City of Austin currently is taking about $20 million a year - 2 percent of the tax revenue - to pay down debt on the Austin Convention Center; those funds are expected to become available for other uses by 2029.

Williamson County Proposition A: Calls for $412 million in bonds for road projects across the county.

Williamson County Proposition B: Calls for $35 million in bonds for parks and recreation projects across the county.

Manor ISD: Voters will decide on a $280 million bond proposal to help modernize campuses, expand student programs, and pay for growing enrollment in the district.

Del Valle ISD: Voters will decide on a $284 million bond proposal, which would demolish and rebuild two elementary campuses and one middle school that date back to the 1970s. The bond would also provide funding for child development centers, athletic and safety improvements, and other updates to campuses.

Early voting runs through November 1, and Election Day is Tuesday, November 5.

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