Ask the editor: How did recent ballot measures fare?


While the May 4 elections decided a school bond and the shape of several local city councils and school boards, voters also approved measures for residents of specific utility and emergency services districts.

Among the larger measures proposed for these special-use districts, voters approved a $140 million bond in Spring Creek Utility District for projects over the next 40 years in the district. The bond is not expected to result in a tax rate increase, according to the district. Spring Creek Utility District serves several communities north of the Grand Parkway, including Fox Run and Forest Village.

Another measure in the area was aimed at sales taxes. In the area served by Montgomery County

ESD 14 and Timber Lakes Volunteer Fire Department, a successful election means that an additional 1% of sales taxes will go to the district in areas not annexed by the city of Houston. The district already takes 1% of sales taxes, so that will bring it to 2% in those areas—an 8.25% tax rate overall, the maximum allowed by the state.

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Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of the paper in March 2017.
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