Murphy residents will go to the polls this week to cast their vote during early voting.
Early voting begins statewide Monday, April 25 and concludes Friday, May 3. Election day will be held Saturday, May 7.
Residents will cast ballots in city and state constitution elections.
There will be four city council places on the ballot, Place 1, Place 2, Place 4 and Place 6.
Place 1 is currently held by Elizabeth Abraham, who was first elected in 2019 and is seeking her second term. Abraham is being challenged by Karan Chetal, an eight-year resident of Murphy and 11-year resident of Texas. Jennifer Berthiaume currently serves in City Council Place 2 and was first elected in 2016. She is seeking her third term and is currently running unopposed.
Place 4 is currently held by Ken Oltmann, who also serves as mayor pro tem. He was elected in 2019 and is seeking his second term. Oltmann is also running unopposed.
Place 6 is currently held by Jene Butler, first elected in 2019 and seeking her second term. Butler is being challenged by resident Michael Padilla.
The mayor and councilmembers are elected at-large in Murphy therefore they represent the entire city rather than districts and all registered voters cast a ballot for all seven places.
Additionally, residents will be asked to vote for two propositions for the state constitution.
Proposition 1 is asking residents to approve a reduction to the overall amount disabled or elderly homeowners would pay in ad valorem taxes. Property tax bills for elderly or disabled homeowners are currently frozen in accordance with the state’s constitution.
In 2019, the Legislature passed a reduction in property taxes for homeowners, but they did not apply to elderly or disabled homeowners. The reduced rates were not given to elderly or disabled homeowners because of their frozen tax rate.
Proposition 2 is asking voters to allow for an increased tax exemption for a resident’s primary residence for public school allocation. Current law allows homeowners to deduct $25,000 and the resolution would increase that amount to $40,000.
Early voting across Collin County will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. from Monday, April 25, through Saturday, April 30. There will be no early voting Sunday, May 1.
Polls will open again Monday, May 2, at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. with the same hours for Tuesday, May 3.
The last two days of early voting will be from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. May 2-3.
Collin County residents can check early voting locations and other information at collincountytx.gov/elections.