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May 9, 2014

Local 4B, other area elections set for Saturday

Polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. as fate of Baker Hotel could rest in voters’ hands

By TODD GLASSCOCK

Polls Saturday will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for various county-wide elections, including a 4B sales tax proposition to decide the Baker Hotel’s fortune.

For the 4B sales tax vote, ballots can be cast at the Palo Pinto County Annex building, 109 N. Oak Ave.

On Saturday’s ballot is the proposition for the imposition of the 4B sales tax to determine whether $4 million in public funds paid for using sales tax revenues will be dedicated to a $56.2 million Baker Hotel restoration project at a rate of one-eighth of 1 percent. The proposition also calls for a reduction in sales and use tax collected by the City of Mineral Wells for property tax relief from one-half of 1 percent to three-eighths of 1 percent.

Early voting totaled 1,074 votes for this election, and based on that number, city officials seem optimistic voter turnout will be high. There are 7,697 Mineral Wells residents eligible to cast ballots, according to elections officials. Ballots cast in early voting represented 14 percent of registered eligible voters. For this special election, only those living within Mineral Wells city limits may vote.

Mineral Wells Mayor Mike Allen said he hopes voters will make a positive statement to investors on the Baker’s restoration project team.

Voters in Gordon’s city and school elections will cast ballots at the Gordon ISD library. Open seats are for mayor and two aldermen and three open school board spots.

Strawn voters will go to the polls at Strawn City Hall for both city and school elections. Open seats are for mayor and two aldermen-at-large spots and three open school board trustee spots.

Polls for two open school board seats for Graford ISD will be at Graford Lion’s Club and Possum Kingdom Lake Lion’s Club and city elections for mayor and two city council posts will be at the Graford Lion’s Club.

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