Breckenridge Texan

Commissioners certify election, continue burn ban

November 13
12:51 2017

During their meeting on Monday, Nov. 13, County Commissioners voted to certify the Stephens County vote totals for the Nov. 7, Texas constitutional amendment election.

Christy Latham, Stephens County Tax Assessor-Collector and Election Coordinator, told commissioners the election was a real simple election. She said there were only 204 total votes cast and no provisional or mail-in ballots.  The vote totals for each precinct were: Precinct 1 and 5, 21 votes; Precinct 2, 55 votes; Precinct 3, 21 votes; Precinct 4, 30 votes; and all precincts combined in early voting, 77 votes.

According to Latham, 3.73 percent of the 5,472 registered voters in the county voted in the election. She also said average age for those who cast their votes was 61.

All seven constitutional propositions passed in Stephens County and were approved by voters statewide. The total votes for Stephens County were: Proposition 1, For 174, Against 29; Proposition 2, For 149, Against 49; Proposition 3, For 181, Against 21; Proposition 4, For 146, Against 51; Proposition 5, For 108, Against 86; Proposition 6, For 170, Against 31 and Proposition 7, For 106, Against 93.

In other business, commissioners voted to continue the country-wide burn ban. They also approved the 2018 renewal for Stephens County, Medical Group #4439 and RX Group #4415 plans.  That gives an option for retired county employees to take a Medicare supplement. County Judge Gary Fuller said there are no costs or administration involved for the county; it just gives the retirees the option sign up for the plans.

Additionally, commissioners approved a request by Nate Lucas with DFW Welding Services for a road crossing of a two-inch water line embedded in sand on County Road 127. Precinct 1 Commissioner Ed Russell said that, in their application, the applicants agreed to maintain the line if it ever sinks or has problems.

Story by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan






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