Public Notice - THE STATE OF TEXAS , COUNTY OF FRANKLIN MOUNT VERNON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT TO THE RESIDENT, QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF SAID DISTRICT - 4/10/2014
- Category: Public Notices
- Published on 09 April 2014
- Written by Mount Vernon Optic-Herald
TAKE NOTICE that an election will be held in said District as provided in an ORDER CALLING A BOND ELECTION duly passed by the Board of Trustees of said District, which Order is substantially as follows:
AN ORDER calling a bond election to be held in the Mount Vernon Independent School District, making provision for the conduct of the election and resolving other matters incident and related to such election
THE STATE OF TEXAS & COUNTY OF FRANKLIN
MOUNT VERNON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
WHEREAS, Board of Trustees (the “Board”) of the Mount Vernon Independent School District (the “District”) has, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 45, Texas Education Code, the power to issue bonds for the construction, acquisition and equipment of school buildings (including the rehabilitation, renovation, expansion and improvement thereof), the purchase of the necessary sites for school buildings and the purchase of new school buses; and
WHEREAS, the Board hereby finds that an election should be held to determine whether the District shall be authorized to issue bonds of the District in the amounts and for the purposes hereinafter identified; and
WHEREAS, it is hereby found and determined that said election shall be held on a uniform election date established by Section 41.001(a), Texas Election Code, as amended, as required by Texas law; and,
WHEREAS, the Board, pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Texas Election Code, has agreed to enter into a Joint Election Agreement with the City of Mount Vernon, Texas (the “City”); and
WHEREAS, the Board finds and declares that the meeting at which this Order is considered is open to the public, and that public notice of the time, place and purpose of said meeting was given, pursuant to Texas Government Code, Chapter 551 ; Now Therefore,
BE IT ORDERED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE MOUNT VERNON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT:
SECTION 1: Findings. The statements contained in the preamble of this Order are true and correct and are hereby adopted as findings of fact and as part of the operative provisions hereof.
SECTION 2: Election Ordered; Date; and Voting Hours on Election Day. An election (the “Election”) shall be held for and within the District on May 10, 2014, (“Election Day”), which is seventy-one (71 ) or more days from the date of the adoption of this order (“Order”), and is a uniform election date pursuant to the Texas Election Code, Section 41.001. All resident, qualified electors of the District shall be entitled to vote in the Election. The Board hereby finds that holding the Election on such date is in the public interest. The hours during which the polling places shall be open for voting on Election Day shall be from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
SECTION 3: Election Precinct, Voting Location and Voting Hours on Election Day. The District shall be divided into multiple election precincts for the Election and the polling places designated for each election precinct are as follows:
Precinct #101 Mount Vernon City Hall
109 North Kaufman Street
Mount Vernon, TX 75457
Precinct #102 Hagansport Community Center
10284 Texas Hwy. 37 North
Talco, TX 75487
Precinct #402 South Franklin Community Center
3150 FM 1448
Scroggins, TX 75480
SECTION 4: Early Voting Locations, Dates and Times. (a)Early voting by personal appearance shall be conducted at Mount Vernon City Hall, 109 North Kaufman Street, Mount Vernon, Texas 75457 and Kirsten Grigsby is hereby appointed as early voting clerk and shall appoint and designate deputy clerks to assist with such early voting.
Early voting for this election shall be conducted each weekday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. beginning on April 28, 2014 and ending on May 6, 2014.
(b) Ballot application for Early Voting by Mail shall be addressed to the District’s Early Voting Clerk at the following address:
Kirsten Grigsby % Mount Vernon ISD
P.O. Box 98
Mount Vernon, TX 75457
Ballot applications for Early Voting by Mail must be received no later than the close of business on May 1, 2014.
SECTION 5. Proposition. At the Election the following proposition (the “Proposition”) shall be submitted to the qualified voters of the School District in accordance with law:
“SHALL the Board of Trustees of the Mount Vernon Independent School District be authorized to issue bonds of said District in the aggregate principal amount of $14,000,000.00 for the construction of a new gym/fieldhouse with concession stand, road improvements, renovation and extension of band hall, construction of a science lab with classroom, and renovations as needed; and shall the Board of Trustees be authorized to levy, pledge, assess, and collect annual ad valorem taxes on all taxable property in the District sufficient, without limit as to rate or amount, to pay the principal and interest on said bonds and the costs of any credit agreements executed in connection with the bonds; said bonds to mature not more than twenty (20) years from their date?”
SECTION 6. Required Statements. Pursuant to Texas Election Code §3.009(b), the District provides the following statements:
• If the debt obligations are authorized, the estimated ad valorem debt service tax rate for the District is expected to be $.2991 per $100 valuation based on the market conditions at the time this election is ordered. Such estimated tax rate is the maximum rate currently projected by the District and is based on various assumptions relating to the factors that contribute to the District’s tax rate for its bonds, including current and projected tax roll values for the District, current State law relating to tax rates that may be levied by the District for payment of debt service, assumed credit ratings for the proposed bonds and the proposed issuance schedule for the bonds. Such estimated tax rate could be affected by material changes in the assumptions used including changes in economic and legal environments that are beyond the control of the District. The estimated total tax rate is provided as a matter of information, but is not a limitation on the tax rate that may be levied to pay debt service on the proposed bonds.
• The aggregate amount of the outstanding principal of the District’s debt obligation, as of the beginning of the fiscal year in which this election is ordered is $17,605,000;
• The aggregate amount of the outstanding interest on the District’s debt obligations, as of the beginning of the fiscal year in which this election is ordered is $7,402,347;
• The ad valorem debt service tax rate for the political subdivision at the time the election is ordered is $0.1 865 per $100 valuation of taxable property in the District.
SECTION 7. Official Ballot. (a) A voting system or systems meeting the standards and requirements of the Texas Election Code, as amended, is hereby adopted and approved for early voting by personal appearance and by mail and for election day voting.
(b) Official ballots shall be prepared in accordance with the Texas Election Code so as to permit the electors to vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” the aforesaid measure, which shall appear on the ballot substantially as follows:
|THE ISSUANCE OF $14,000,000 OF BONDS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW GYM/FIELDHOUSE WITH CONCESSION STAND, ROAD IMPROVEMENTS, RENOVATION WITH EXTENSION OF BAND HALL, CONSTRUCTION OF A SCIENCE LAB WITH CLASSROOM, AND RENOVATIONS AS NEEDED, IN AND FOR THE MOUNT VERNON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE LEVYING OF THE TAX FOR PAYMENT THEREOF.|
SECTION 8. Joint Election. The District has agreed to participate in a joint election with the City who is also holding an election on Election Day.
SECTION 9. Appointment of Election Officers. Prior to the Election Day, the persons appointed to serve as Presiding Judge and Alternate Presiding Judge for each polling place shall be appointed by separate order of the Board of Trustees of the District. Each Presiding Judge shall appoint not less than two (2) nor more than four (4) qualified clerks to serve and assist in holding said election; provided that if the Presiding Judge actually serves as expected, the Alternate Presiding Judge shall be one of such clerks.
SECTION 10. Conduct of Election. The Election shall be held and conducted in accordance with the Texas Election Code, except as modified by the provisions of the Texas Education Code, and the extent required by law, all election materials and proceeding shall be printed in both English and Spanish.
SECTION 11. Election information to be provided in Spanish. The District shall be responsible for the preparation of notices, instructions, orders, ballots and other written material pertaining to the Election and shall cause each such document to be translated into and furnished to voters in both English and Spanish.
SECTION 12. Notice of Election. Notice of the Election shall be provided to the county clerk of each county in which the District is located not later than the 60th day before the Election Day. Notice of the Election shall also be given by:
(i) publishing a substantial copy of this Election Order, in both English and Spanish, at least one time not more than thirty (30) days or less than ten (10) days before the Election in a newspaper of general circulation in the District; and
(ii) by posting a copy of this Election Order, in both English and Spanish:
a. on a bulletin board used for posting notices of Board meetings, not later than the twenty-first (21st) day before the Election, or, if the twenty-first (21st) before the Election falls on a weekend or holiday, on the first business day thereafter;
b. in a prominent location at each polling place on Election Day and during early voting by personal appearance;
c. in three (3) public places in the boundaries of the District, not later than the twenty-first (21st) day before the Election; and
d. on the District’s Internet website, prominently and together with the notice of the election and the contents of the proposition, during the twenty-one (21) days before the Election.
Issued this 24th day of February, 2014
Signature of Presiding Officer