UPDATED: Hutto residents pass all three city propositions

Three city of Hutto bond propositions are on the ballot today.

Three city of Hutto bond propositions are on the ballot today.

Update 11:30 p.m.: Hutto City Manager Odis Jones commented Tuesday night on the unprecedented voter turnout that helped pass the city's bond propositions.

"We think it’s an outstanding thing that Americans have expressed their will of governance. It’s exciting to be a part of that and witness that as a public servant," Jones told Community Impact Newspaper.

Jones said that he and city council will move forward "in the coming days and weeks" with the voter approved propositions after the city canvasses the vote. In particular, the city manager stated city council will work on creating plans for the city's parks projects.

Update 11:13 p.m.: All three city of Hutto bond propositions were passed by voter approval Tuesday night, with all three passing with at least 62 percent of the vote.

Williamson County officials released a document late Tuesday of vote totals after the county experienced technical difficulties while reporting voting totals. This document showed Hutto's bond propositions passed with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

Update 7:46 p.m.: Approximately 4,900 residents cast early voting ballots for each of the city of Hutto bond propositions this year. For reference, only 2,951 voters cast ballots across all three voting precincts that include portions of Hutto in the entirety of the 2014 midterm election.

Original post: With early voting results in, bond propositions for the city of Hutto are headed towards voter approval.

According to election returns, 71.37 percent of voters are in favor of Proposition A, which allocates $70 million for roadway construction and drainage improvements. The proposition specifically outlines roadway improvements at three intersections—North FM 1660 at Limmer Loop, FM 1660 at Hwy. 79 and South FM 1660 at Front Street.

Proposition C, which calls for $50 million in parks projects, is being favored by voters by 61.53 percent.

According to returns, 70.18 percent of voters are in favor of Proposition B, the fiscally smallest city of Hutto proposition. Proposition B dedicates funds for a communications center for Hutto police and emergency services.

Plans for the facility include planning, designing, constructing, purchasing, renovating, repairing, replacing, improving, expanding and equipping the communications facility with audio and visual technology and related software or hardware.

City officials said the communication center will increase efficiency and help the city’s expanding police and emergency crews take calls and route corresponding response teams.

Election Day results are expected to come in shortly after 7 p.m. Community Impact Newspaper will update results as they continue to come in. All results are unofficial until canvassed by officials.
By Iain Oldman

Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the reporter for Northwest Austin.


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