Petrolia CISD makes fifth attempt at tax increase as early voting begins

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Editor’s Note: This article has been corrected to reflect additional polling places in Henrietta ISD Trustees’ election.

For a fifth-straight year, Petrolia CISD is asking voters for a property tax increase to raise maintenance and operations revenue. The previous four attempts to raise the rate have failed.

Early voting for the May 11 municipal and school elections in Petrolia and Henrietta began Monday, and continues through Tuesday, May 7.

PCISD wants to increase the maintenance and operations rate to $1.04 per $100 value to $1.17, while lowering the interest and sinking rates — revenue used to pay off a school construction bond — from 25 cents per $100 to 23 cents.

With the decrease in the I&S rate, the district will be able to collect enough to cover the districts bonded indebtedness, said Theresa Harrison, business manager for Petrolia schools.

If voters approve the measure, it will raise the total tax rate to $1.29 per $100.

PCISD voters also will elect at least one new trustee. Becky Mathews is running for Place 6, replacing Aaron Daniels of Byers. Daniels was appointed to the PCISD Board of Trustees to serve out the unexpired term of Gary Cray not long after the consolidation of the Petrolia and Byers school districts. One year remains on the term.

Place 5 is contested as Ricky Elledge challenges incumbent Joe Young. Incumbent Todd Anderson is unopposed for Place 4.

Six are running for Petrolia City Council. They are incumbents Mike McDonald, Mark Ivey and James Cline, and challengers Norrieca Dalton, James Shipley and Thomas Harrison.

Henrietta ISD voters have four on the ballot as Monte Marchman challenges incumbent Billy Johnson for Place 2 trustee. Penny Riordan, Place 1, and Lanny Evans, Place 3, are unopposed.

None of the candidates running for Henrietta City Council are opposed this time around, but voters will have a decision to make. Those casting ballots will vote on the reauthorization of the local sales tax, as required every three years. The tax rate of “one-fourth of 1 percent,” or 25 cents per $100 in value, provides revenue for maintenance and repair of city streets.

One new alderman will join the council. Mark Hill is running unopposed to replace Howard Raeke as Alderman, Ward 1. Raeke is running for mayor. He has served as mayor pro-tem since the resignation of Rob Robinson in April of last year. Mike Roberts will fill another term as alderman for Ward 2.

With all candidates running unopposed, the City of Bellevue and Bellevue ISD will not hold elections. Midway ISD does not hold May elections. Because the district does not lie within a municipality, MISD is required to hold elections in conjunction with county elections.

Polling Places

City of Petrolia

Early voting — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 29-May 7

  • Petrolia City Hall

Election Day — 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 11

  • Petrolia City Hall

Petrolia ISD

Early voting — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 29-May 3, May 6-7

  • Petrolia City Hall

Election Day — 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 11

  • Precinct 6 — Byers Community Center
  • Precinct 11 — Dean City Hall
  • Precinct 13, 14 — Charlie Community Center
  • Precinct 27 — Petrolia City Hall

City of Henrietta

Early voting — 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April 29-30

  • Henrietta City Hall

Early voting — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 1-3, May 6-7

  • Henrietta City Hall

Election Day — 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 11

  • Henrietta City Hall

Henrietta ISD

Early voting — 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April 29-30

  • Henrietta City Hall

Early voting — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 1-3, May 6-7

  • Henrietta City Hall

Election Day — 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 11

  • Henrietta City Hall
  • Lake Arrowhead VFD
  • Jolly Baptist Church
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