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On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the City of Clear Lake Shores will hold a special election to re-authorize a one-fourth of one percent (1/4%) sales and use tax according to Chapter 327.007 of the Texas Tax Code to continue to provide revenue for the maintenance and repair of municipal streets.
Early voting begins today, June 29, 2020 and will continue through Friday, July 10, 2020 (No voting on July 3, 4 and 5, 2020)
Early voting will be held at City Hall, located at 1006 South Shore Drive, Clear Lake Shores, Texas 77565 as follows:
Election day voting will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at City Hall from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Please take a look at this FAQ list that explains the importance of this upcoming special election:
Q: Is this a new tax?
A: This is not a “new" or additional tax. It is a vote to re-authorize an existing tax that is already collected for the City of Clear Lake Shores.
Q: Who is responsible for the City streets?
A: The City is responsible to fund the city streets and drainage, just as we are required to maintain and improve.
Q: Why are we voting for this now instead of in November with the Council positions?
A: The May 2 election for council positions was already moved to November 3, 2020 by prior Governor’s order due to COVID-19, and was statewide in coverage. This special election is authorized by Governor proclamation for this item only on July 14, 2020, and is specific to Clear Lake Shores. The tax was set to expire on June 30, 2020. The Texas State Comptroller’s Office authorized a single extension of 90 days to expire on September 30, 2020. Placing on a November ballot would not allow the tax to remain in place, since it had a September 30 date.To learn more, please visit www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/clselections. If you have additional questions, please contact the City Secretary’s Office at 281-334-2799.
Q: How often is this voted on?
A: This is voted on every four years. If it is not re-authorized or allowed to expire, we will no longer collect this ¼% sales tax revenue. It cannot be brought to a vote for at least another 12 months following if not voted on now.
Q: If residents vote no, where will the money for roads come from?
A: If residents vote no, maintenance and repairs will come from the general fund and this would impact not only roads and drainage but also other items coming from the general fund. It is part of our overall budget plan to have the R&D tax funding.
Q: How much money does this equate to each year?
A: Annual collections of R&D tax is approximately $260,000. This is combined with a transfer from the City’s General Fund of $100,000. If the tax is not re-authorized and sales tax remains at current levels, funding would be $100,000 instead of the combined $360,000.
To learn more, please visit www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/clselections. If you have additional questions, please contact the City Secretary’s Office at 281-334-2799.