Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 121, No. 19, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 10, 2007 Page: 3 of 50
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Hondo Anvil Herald • May 10.2007 • 3A
The Charter’s time is now
Election Day is this Saturday, and here in the City of Honda
everything seems to be going pretty weU.
At least, our take on the matter is that, if no one filed to run
against any of the. three incumbent members of the Hondo
City Council, they must be doing a pretty good job.
Nothing's ever perfect when it comes to government, but
we should all consider ourselves blessed that the City of
Hondo is in the good shape it's in. Let’s hope that continues
through good, solid elected leadership because it doesn't take
long for a city to spin completely into chaos.
But while there are no council races on the ballot, there is a
city election going on this Saturday. Citizens of Hondo have
the opportunity to adopt a Home Rule Charter for the city.
TWice before, both times in the 1980s, Hondo voters rejected
the notion of a charter.
We think it’s time for Hondo to vote yes.
The charter, through the year-long diligence of the Home
Rule Charter Committee, would enable the city to enact its own
laws, as long as they are not in violation of the U.S. or Texas
Constitutions. Without a charter, a city is limited in its ability
to tailor its own rules for its own specific and unique needs.
The charter will ,.ot raise taxes, it will not serve as a carte
blanche for annexation, and it doesn’t mean the city will be
having recall elections every six months. Although it does
address those issues and puts in writing exactly how those
events would take place should they be necessary.
And, included among the proposed document’s many pro-
visions, is the establishment of a Charter Review Commission
every few years, to see if the Charter is serving the city well, or
if it needs a little fine-tuning. If the latter is the case, any Char-
ter amendments would then come before the voters again.
Cities are eligible to adopt home rule when their population
exceeds 5,000. Hondo has been eligible since the 1970 census.
Hondo still has its small-town charm, but it’s time to face the
facts that the city is growing. It's not booming (yet), but it's
steady. We feel it would be in Hondo’s best interest to adopt the
Charter now, so that H will be easier to deal with the certain
growth coming our way. We ask that you vote “For” the Charter.
Every Hondo citizen was sent a copy of the proposed Home
Rule Charter in the mail. If that printed version is no longer
sitting around the house, the entire text can be downloaded
from the Internet at www.cityofhondo.com and scrolling
down from the “Citizen Support” menu item.
Election Day voting will take place at Hondo City Hall, 1600
Avenue M, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday.
H1SD election also at City Hall
For Hondo Independent School District voters. Saturday 's
election will also take place at City Hall, with eight at-large
candidates vying for two open seats on the Board of Trustees.
Polling hours are the same as for the Charter election.
Consttutitional amendment needs approval
Also up for a vote on May 12, but not receiving nearly as
much attention, is a lone Texas Constitutional Amendment
item, which corrects an omission of the State Legislature,
when it passed its school property tax reduction in 2005. The
legislature foiled to incorporate the homestead exemption for
citizens 65 and over, and for persons with disabilities. While
the constitution caps their prc petty taxes, they did not receive
the same reduction when the 2005 tax cut was passed. This
amendment will correct that omission.
While it may seem that this affects only those 65 and older,
the truth is, and with a little luck, we’ll all be there someday.
So we feel it's in everyone’s best interest to vote “FOR" the
Polling places are different for this election, and across
Medina County, the 23 precincts have been consolidated into
five locations. Precincts 1,2,3, 4, 5, 7, 20 and 21 will vote at
the Rick Taylor Recreation Center in Hondo; Precincts 6, 10.
11,12 and 14 will vote at the County Building in Castroville;
Precincts 8 and 9 will vote at the Mico Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment; Precincts 17,18,19 and 22 will vote at the County Build-
ing in Devine; and Precincts 13,15,16 and 23 will vote at the
First Baptist Church Auxiliary Building in Natalia. Voting hours
are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday.
D’Hanis bond package will provide for future
Growth is here, and it’s going to stay, even in a place as small,
and seemingly out-of-the-way as D'Hanis.
Sometimes it becomes necessary for a school district to ex-
pand. That,time is now for the D’Hanis Independent School
District. The DISD has three bond proposals, totalling $4.3
million over the next several years, which would provide for
additional classrooms, a new cafetorium, a science center,
technology center, a maintenance center, a band hall, along
with other items which will serve the needs of the district for
the foreseeable future.
This bond issue looks like a good one, and appears to be
one that is needed. We encourage voters in the DISD to cast a
vote “FOR" the bonds, and for the kids.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Roy Kile
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Five Medina County voting
locations will be open Satur-
day for the State Constitu-
tional Amendment election.
The county’s 23 precincts
have been consolidated into
five for voters to decide on the
fate of a constituional amend-
ment which would extend a
school property tax reduction,
passed by the State Legisla-
ture in 2005, on to the state’s
senior citizens and disabled.
The two aforementioned
groups have had their prop-
erty taxes capped by previous
action, but the reduction in
taxes, which included all
other property owners in the
state, was omitted from the
2005 bill, which passed dur-
ing a third special session on
school finance reform.
Polls will be open Saturday
from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at five
sites around the county.
During early voting, which
concluded Tuesday, 422 county
residents turned out, but early
voting was conducted only at
the old jail, behind the Medina
County Courthouse in Hondo.
Medina County polling sites
20. & 21
12 & 14
7121 CR 271
209 S. Teel,
13,15,16 4 23
1st Baptist Church
301 Pearson St.
$4.3 million bond election
will take place Saturday, at the
Roy Kile Gymnasium. The
poll will be open from 7 a.m.
to 7 p.m.
The bond package would
include new classrooms, a
science and technology lab,
band hall and other improve-
ments to the district.
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Polling is expected to increase
with more localized voting sites
in use on Saturday. The county
has 24,864 registered voters.
Keep cool - you could
save a life
• Take frequent cooling-off
breaks in the shade or air
• Drink plenty of water before
starting any outdoor activity,
and drink water during the day.
Drink less tea, coffee and
• Wear lightweight, loose-
fitting, light colored clothes.
• Limit your physical activity
during the hottest part of the
• Kids, cars and heat make a
deadly combination. Never
leave a child • or pet • in a
vehicle even for ‘just a few
minutes." That’s long enough
for a closed vehicle to heat up
to dangerous levels, even on a
If someone has heatstroke-related
symptoms - nausea, fatigue,
muscle cramps, confusion,
dizziness - act rapidly: Remove
excess clothing and lower the
person’s temperature with cold,
wet sheets or a cool bath. Call a
doctor immediately and transport
the person to the nearest hospital
- this is an emergency. This
summer, don’t sweat it. Keep
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Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 121, No. 19, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 10, 2007, newspaper, May 10, 2007; Hondo, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth819580/m1/3/: accessed December 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hondo Public Library.