Incumbent will continue to serve

by | May 12, 2022 | Latest

Murphy residents will see no change on the dais as all incumbents were re-elected to city council.

There were four places on the ballot, Place 1, Place 2, Place 4 and Place 6.

In Place 1, Elizabeth Abraham received 675 votes over challenger Karan Chetal, who received 288 votes.

“I am very honored to be re-elected for a second term on Murphy City Council,” Abraham said. “I hope to address many of the issues that residents discussed with me while I was block walking or at the polls for early voting/election day. I appreciate the opportunity to be your voice on Council and represent all the residents of Murphy.”

In Place 2 and Place 4, Jennifer Berthiaume and Ken Oltmann will continue to serve. Neither candidate faced a challenger in the election.

Jene Butler retained Place 6 with 566 votes against challenger Michael Padilla, who received 319 votes.

“It is an honor to continue to serve on city council. I applaud any citizen that steps up and wants to serve and represent the citizens of Murphy,” Butler said. “I have enjoyed campaigning and talking one on one with residents as I block walked. City elections are important because the decisions made by local elected officials directly affect residents’ daily lives.”

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.

Voters also approved two amendments to the Texas Constitution, both of which concerned property taxes.

Proposition 1 approves a reduction to the overall amount disabled or elderly homeowners would pay in ad valorem taxes. Texas voters approved the amendment with 1,118,313 voting in favor and 168,398 voting against the measure.

The amendment allows for additional reductions for elderly and disabled homeowners whose property taxes were already frozen but not accounted for in 2019 legislation passed by lawmakers to offset rising property tax bills.

Proposition 2 increases the homestead exemption for a homeowner’s primary residence from $25,000 to $40,000.

The proposition was approved with 1,102,907 votes in favor and 197,254 against.

The state will reimburse school districts for the lost property tax revenue to ensure schools do not lose funding.

Lawmakers outlined a plan to use $4.4 billion in surplus funds to cover initial costs. It is unsure how the state will cover the cost past 2026.

All election results are unofficial until canvassed by the city and state.

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