Mayor Paul Harpole – Post Election Interview

A look at local election results with Mayor Paul Harpole.

Councilman Randy Burkett – Post Election Interview

A look at local election results with Councilman Randy Burkett.

Update 11/08/16 10:30 p.m.:

Amarillo voters rejected the idea of paying more in property taxes for all measures put forth by the Amarillo City Council except for improvements to streets and public safety, according to unofficial results released by Potter and Randall counties.

Results are unofficial until they are ratified by the council during an upcoming meeting. Potter and Randall counties operated the city election under a contract with the city.

The council placed seven ballot items before voters, outlining a collective $340 million in projects that would be funded by property tax increases that would be stepped in across the next five years.

Voters passed just Proposition 1 and 2, which proposed a total of $109.6 million in projects. 

Proposition 1 outlined a slew of planned street improvements worth $89.5 million. Proposition 2 recommended public safety upgrades, including new fire stations, police department changes and work for the Animal Management and Welfare Department.

With all votes counted in Potter and Randall counties, voters approved Proposition 1 by a total of 31,784 votes FOR and 25,214 votes AGAINST.

Vote totals show voters favored Proposition 2 by a total of 30,903 votes FOR and 25,821 votes AGAINST.

Proposition 4, which proposed $22.3 million for neighborhood park and recreation improvements, narrowly failed by fewer than 450 votes. Residents cast 28,980 votes AGAINST and 28,552 votes FOR.

Measures proposing municipal building upgrades, Amarillo Civic Center improvements, fleet services purchases and new athletic facilities all failed at the ballot box, according to results released by the counties.

Specifically, these are the results for those remaining measures:

  • Proposition 3$42.6 million for municipal building improvements — AGAINST 30,347, FOR 26,513
  • Proposition 5$83.4 million for Amarillo Civic Center improvements — AGAINST 32,998, FOR 24,430
  • Proposition 6$16.3 million for fleet services — AGAINST 32,291, FOR 24,975
  • Proposition 7$65.6 million for athletic facilities — AGAINST 31,230, FOR 26,565

Update 11/08/16, 8 p.m.:

With only early votes counted in both counties, Propositions 1 and 2, covering street upgrades and needs for fire and police improvements were the only two propositions clearly passing.

The Amarillo City Council placed seven ballot items before voters, outlining a collective $340 million in projects that would be funded by property tax increases, stepped in across the next five years.

In the early vote, Proposition 1, proposing $89.5 million in street improvements, was passing with 23,203 votes FOR and 18,373 votes AGAINST.

That breaks out to 8,696 votes FOR and 6,610 votes AGAINST in Potter and 14,507 FOR and 11,763 AGAINST in Randall.

Early voters favored Proposition 2, which proposes $20 million in funds for fire stations, and police and animal management projects -- with 22,544 votes FOR and 18,853 votes AGAINST.

That breaks out to 8,257 votes FOR in Potter and 6,976 votes AGAINST, and 14,287 votes FOR in Randall and 11,877 votes AGAINST.

Early voting results for the other propositions showed Propositions 3 through 7 being rejected by those who cast their ballots ahead of election day, although some counts were closer than others.

The early voting statistics, with Potter and Randall combined:

  • Proposition 3$42.6 million for municipal building improvements: FOR 19,264, AGAINST 22,216
  • Proposition 4$22.3 million for neighborhood park and recreation improvements: FOR 20,277, AGAINST 21,660
  • Proposition 5$83.4 million for Amarillo Civic Center improvements: FOR 17,893, AGAINST, 23,977
  • Proposition 6$16.3 million for fleet services: FOR 18,254, AGAINST 23,497
  • Proposition 7$65.6 million for athletic facilities: FOR 19,010, AGAINST 23,113

No precinct results have yet been reported by Potter or Randall county.

Most everyone knows that votes cast on Nov. 8, and in early voting leading up to Election Day, will decide the contentious U.S. presidential election.

In Texas, that ballot includes Republican nominee Donald J. Trump, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

But voters also will decide down-ballot congressional district and state races and, in Amarillo, voters will determine the fate of seven proposed bond issues that include projects totaling an estimated $340 million. 

Voters may approve all, some or none of the propositions. The bond election will authorize only the amounts and projects approved by voters.

If all propositions were to pass, the city’s property tax rate would increase by 4 cents per year for five years, for a total of 20 cents.

An example:

  • The average home in Amarillo has an appraised taxable value of $128,838.
  • If all propositions pass, the tax bill for that average home would rise from $434 to $484 in the first year.
  • Another 5 cents would be added to the tax rate in each of the subsequent four years.

Amarillo residents who are age 65 and older and whose residential property taxes are frozen would see no increase in their city property tax bill as a result of the bond election.

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Election Day Polling Places

 

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.

 

On Election Day, Potter County residents can vote at any Potter County voting center, and Randall County residents can vote at any Randall County voting center. But Amarillo residents must vote at a Potter or Randall county voting center that is inside the city limits.

 

Potter County

  • Amarillo Auto Supply & Off Road, 3601 E. Amarillo Blvd.
  • Bell Ave. Church of Christ, 1600 S. Bell St.
  • Buzula Furniture Outlet, 716 W. Interstate 40
  • Chaparral Hills Church, 4000 W. Cherry Ave.
  • Coffee Memorial Blood Center, 7500 Wallace Blvd.
  • The Church at Bushland, 1800 Farm-to-Market Road 2381, Bushland
  • Grace Community Church, 4111 Plains Blvd.
  • Highland Park Independent School District Administration Building, 15300 E. Amarillo Blvd.
  • Hillside Christian Church Northwest, 600 Tascosa Road
  • Kids Inc., 2201 S.E. 27th Ave.
  • Lighthouse Baptist Church, 5631 Pavillard
  • Pride Home Center, 3505 N.E. 24th Ave.
  • Second Baptist Church, 419 N. Buchanan St.
  • United Citizens Forum, 901 N. Hayden St.
  • Valle de Oro Fire Station, 23801 Farm-to-Market Road 1061, Valle de Oro
  • Wesley Community Center, 1615 S. Roberts St.

 

Randall County

  • The Cowboy Church, 8827 S. Washington St.
  • Comanche Trail Church of Christ, 2700 S.E. 34th Ave.
  • Randall County Justice Center, 2309 Russell Long Blvd., Canyon
  • Southwest Church of Christ, 4515 Cornell St.
  • Redeemer Christian Church, 3701 S. Soncy Road
  • Region 16 Education Service Center, 5800 S. Bell St.
  • Randall County Fire Department No. 2, 9451 Farm-to-Market Road 2186
  • Randall Elections Administration Office, 1604 Fifth Avenue, Canyon
  • Arden Road Baptist Church, 6701 Arden Road
  • Central Baptist Church, 1601 S.W. 58th Ave.
  • Paramount Baptist Church, 4100 Kristee St.
  • Oasis Southwest Baptist Church, 8201 Canyon Drive
  • Randall County Annex, 4111 S. Georgia St.
  • The Summit, 2008 12th Ave., Canyon
  • Coulter Road Baptist Church, 4108 S. Coulter St.

Source: city of Amarillo, Potter County, Randall County