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More than 1,100 Port Arthur ISD stakeholders turned up to vote on a tax increase proposed by the school district on and in advance of Election Day — Saturday, Aug. 5. With more than 57 percent of the vote, or 654 ballots, the tax increase passed.

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Vidor voters resoundingly rejected a $73.5 million school bond proposed to build a new high school at a new location in the city.

Approximately 60 percent of voters said “no” to the proposition, while about 40 percent marked their ballots in favor of the measure on May 6. The measure would have caused an annual increase in property taxes, 40 cents for every $100 not provided for by homestead exemptions. VISD estimates the average annual increase would be about $180.  

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“I truly believe we are fighting for the heart and soul of our country,” Jefferson County Democratic Chairman Cade Bernsen said of the passion he has for getting out the vote in the Nov. 8 General Election. “This is a defining moment for the future of America.”

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Voters lined up at polling place

Jefferson County Tax Assessor-Collector/Voter Registrar Allison Nathan Getz, PCC, is calling on residents to assist with the electoral process.

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July 27, 2015, the Boy Scouts of America announced that its National Executive Board had voted to end its ban on openly gay troop leaders.

Chartered organizations will continue to select their adult leaders, however, and religious chartered organizations may continue to use religious beliefs as criteria for selecting adult leaders, including matters of sexuality, Boy Scouts of America said in a press release.

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Nov. 1, Texas voters passed Proposition 1, the amendment authorizing annual disbursements from the state’s oil and gas production tax collections to the State Highway Fund — an estimated $1.7 billion in the first year alone. In Jefferson County, the proposition passed with 84 percent for and 15 percent against.

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Former Beaumont City Councilwoman Bobbie J. Patterson is now spearheading a drive she calls “Operation One Vote,” which is an outreach mission encouraging citizens to register to vote and to actually go to the polls and cast a ballot in coming elections.

In conjunction with a host of other entities, the group is sponsoring a “Meet-the-Candidates Forum & Voter Registration Drive,” which is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Hall located at 3390 Sarah Street in Beaumont.

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