Election Day is tomorrow

by | May 6, 2022 | Latest

Murphy voters will head to the polls Saturday, May 7 to cast their ballots in the city and Texas Constitutional election.

Voting locations across the state will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Nearby voting locations include the Murphy Community Center, 205 North Murphy Road; The Wylie Senior Recreation Center, 800 Thomas Street; Collin College Wylie Campus, 391 Country Club Road; and The Michael J. Felix Community Center in Sachse, 3815 Sachse Road.

Voters can also cast their ballot at any polling location in the county in which they are registered to vote, which can be found on collincountytx.gov.

In the city elections, four city council places will be on the ballot — Places 1, Place 2, Place 4 and Place 6, although races are only competitive in Place 1 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.

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