Friday August 18, 2017
 

BOND ELECTION INFORMATION

Notice of Election - English  

 Notice of Election - Spanish  

Bond Information Brochure - English 

Bond Information Brochure - Spanish 

 


 

Community Meeting and Open House

 

A community meeting to discuss the upcoming Premont ISD bond referendum is scheduled at 6:00p.m. on Thursday, April 20th.

 

School officials will talk about the bond proposal, answer questions and give a tour of school facilities.

 

Architect David Brown with Ferrell, Brown and Associates and financial advisor Victor Quiroga with Frost bank will be making presentations on the campus design and financial impact.

 

The meeting will be held in the Premont Elementary School Cafeteria.


 

On February 16, 2017 the Board of Trustees of Premont ISD approved an order calling for a Bond Election.

 

 

 

NOTICE OF ELECTION

THE STATE OF TEXAS

COUNTies OF JIM WELLS and Duval

PREMONT INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

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TO THE RESIDENT, QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE

Premont INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

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TAKE NOTICE that an election will be held in the Premont Independent School District on May 6, 2017 CONCERNING THE ISSUANCE OF SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,600,000 FOR THE PURPOSES OF DESIGNING, CONSTRUCTING, RENOVATING, IMPROVING, ACQUIRING, AND EQUIPPING SCHOOL FACILITIES, AND THE LEVYING OF A TAX IN PAYMENT THEREOF, ALL in obedience to an order duly entered by the Board of Trustees of the Premont Independent School District on February 16, 2017, which order reads substantially as follows:


 

AN ORDER CALLING A BOND ELECTION TO BE HELD BY THE PREMONT INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, MAKING PROVISION FOR THE CONDUCT OF THE ELECTION, AND RESOLVING OTHER MATTERS INCIDENT AND RELATED TO SUCH ELECTION

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WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees (the Board) of the PREMONT INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (the District), located in Jim Wells and Duval Counties, Texas, hereby finds and determines that an election should be held to determine whether the District shall be authorized to issue bonds of the District in the amount and for the purposes hereinafter identified (the Election); and

WHEREAS, the District will conduct the Election in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas (the State) and applicable federal laws; and

WHEREAS, the Board hereby finds and determines that the necessity to construct various capital improvements within the District necessitates that it is in the public interest to call and hold the Election at the earliest possible date to authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds for the purposes hereinafter identified; and

WHEREAS, the Board hereby finds and determines that the actions hereinbefore described are in the best interests of the residents of the District; now, therefore,

BE IT ORDERED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE PREMONT INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT:

SECTION 1:     The Election shall be held in the PREMONT INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT on the 6th day of May, 2017 (Election Day), which is a uniform election date under the Texas Election Code, as amended, and is 78 or more days from the date of the adoption of this order (the Order), for the purpose of submitting the following proposition to the qualified voters of the District:

PROPOSITION

“Shall the Board of Trustees of the Premont Independent School District be authorized to issue and sell bonds of the District in the principal amount not to exceed $10,600,000 for the purposes of designing, constructing, renovating, improving, acquiring, and equipping school facilities (and any necessary or related removal of existing facilities), such bonds to mature serially or otherwise (not more than 40 years from their date) in accordance with law; any issue or series of such bonds to bear interest per annum at such rate or rates (fixed, floating, variable, or otherwise) as may be determined within the discretion of the Board of Trustees, provided that such rate or rates of interest shall not exceed the maximum rate per annum authorized by law at the time of the issuance of any issue or series of such bonds; and shall the Board of Trustees of the District be authorized to levy and pledge, and cause to be assessed and collected, annual ad valorem taxes on all taxable property in the District sufficient, without limit as to rate or amount, to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds and the cost of any credit agreements executed in connection with the bonds?”

SECTION 2:     One or more school election precincts are hereby established for the purpose of holding the Election, and one or more polling places are hereby designated for holding the Election in the school election precincts as identified in Exhibit A to this Order (which is incorporated herein by reference for all purposes).  At least 79 days prior to the scheduled Election Day, or as soon thereafter as is reasonably practicable, the President, Board of Trustees, the Superintendent of Schools, or the respective designees thereof, will identify and formally approve the appointment of the Presiding Judge, Alternate Presiding Judges, Election Clerks, and all other election officials for the Election, together with any other necessary changes to election practices and procedures and can correct, modify, or change the Exhibits to this Order based upon the final locations and times agreed upon by the District, to the extent permitted by applicable law.

A.        The Presiding Judge shall appoint not less than two resident qualified voters of the District to act as clerks in order to properly conduct the Election.  To the extent required by the Texas Election Code, as amended, or other applicable law, the appointment of these clerks must include a person fluent in the Spanish language to serve as a clerk to render oral aid in the Spanish language to any voter desiring such aid at the polls on Election Day.  If the Presiding Judge appointed actually serves, the Alternate Presiding Judge shall serve as one of the clerks.  In the absence of the Presiding Judge, the Alternate Presiding Judge shall perform the duties of the Presiding Judge of the election precinct.

B.         On Election Day, the polls shall be open as designated on Exhibit A.

C.         The main early voting location is designated in Exhibit B to this Order (which is incorporated herein by reference for all purposes).  The individual named as the Early Voting Clerk as designated in Exhibit B is hereby appointed as the Early Voting Clerk to conduct such early voting in the Election.  The Early Voting Clerk shall appoint the Deputy Early Voting Clerks.  This office or place shall remain open to permit early voting on the days and at the times as stated in Exhibit B.  Early voting shall commence as provided on Exhibit B and continue through the date set forth on Exhibit B, all as provided by the provisions of the Texas Election Code, as amended.

An Early Voting Ballot Board is hereby established for the purpose of processing early voting results.  The individual designated in Exhibit B as the Presiding Judge of the Early Voting Ballot Board is hereby appointed the Presiding Judge of the Early Voting Ballot Board.  The Presiding Judge shall appoint not less than two resident qualified voters of the District to serve as members of the Early Voting Ballot Board.

SECTION 3:     Electronic voting machines may be used in holding and conducting the Election on Election Day; provided, however, in the event the use of such electronic voting machines is not practicable, the Election may be conducted on Election Day by the use of paper ballots (except as otherwise provided in this section). Electronic voting machines or paper ballots may be used for early voting by personal appearance (except as otherwise provided in this section).  Pursuant to Section 61.012, as amended, Texas Election Code, the District shall provide at least one accessible voting system in each polling place used in the Election.  Such voting system shall comply with Texas and federal laws establishing the requirement for voting systems that permit voters with physical disabilities to cast a secret ballot.  Any legally permissible voting method may be used for early voting and Election Day voting by personal appearance.  Certain early voting may be conducted by mail.

SECTION 4:     The District shall also utilize a Central Counting Station (the Station) as provided by Section 127.001, et seq., as amended, Texas Election Code.  The Early Voting Clerk, or the designee thereof, is hereby appointed as the Manager of the Station, who will establish a written plan for the orderly operation of the Station in accordance with the provisions of the Texas Election Code.  The Board hereby authorizes the Early Voting Clerk, or the designee thereof, to appoint the Tabulation Supervisor and the Programmer for the Station and may appoint Station clerks as needed or desirable.  The Early Voting Clerk will publish (or cause to be published) notice and conduct testing on the automatic tabulation equipment relating to the Station and conduct instruction for the officials and clerks for the Station in accordance with the provisions of the Texas Election Code. Lastly, the District hereby appoints the Secretary of the Board or the designee thereof as the Presiding Judge of the Station.

SECTION 5:     The official ballot shall be prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Texas Election Code, as amended, so as to permit voters to vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” the aforesaid proposition which shall appear on the ballot substantially as follows:

PROPOSITION

“THE ISSUANCE OF NOT TO EXCEED $10,600,000 OF PREMONT INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS FOR THE PURPOSES OF DESIGNING, CONSTRUCTING, RENOVATING, IMPROVING, ACQUIRING, AND EQUIPPING SCHOOL FACILITIES, AND THE LEVYING OF A TAX IN PAYMENT THEREOF.”

SECTION 6:     All resident, qualified voters of the District shall be permitted to vote at the Election, and on Election Day, such voters shall vote at the designated polling place.  The Election shall be held and conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Texas Election Code, as amended, except as modified by the provisions of the Texas Education Code, as amended, and as may be required by law.  To the extent required by law, all election materials and proceedings relating to the Election shall be printed in both English and Spanish.

SECTION 7:     A substantial copy of this Order shall serve as proper notice of the Election.  This notice, including a Spanish translation thereof, shall be published at least one time in a newspaper of general circulation in the District, with such publication occurring not more than 30 days and not less than 10 days before Election Day.  Additionally, this notice, including a Spanish translation thereof, shall be posted (i) on the bulletin board used for posting notices of Board meetings not later than 21 days prior to Election Day, (ii) in three public places within the District’s boundaries not later than 21 days prior to Election Day, and (iii) in a prominent location at each polling place on Election Day and during early voting.  In addition, during the 21 days prior to Election Day, the District shall, in a prominent manner, maintain such notice on its Internet website.

SECTION 8:     As required by and in accordance with Section 3.009(b)(5) and (7) through (9) of the Texas Election Code, the District, as of its fiscal year beginning September 1, 2016, had outstanding an aggregate principal amount of debt equal to $1,560,000; the aggregate amount of the interest owed on such District debt obligations, through respective maturity, totaled $302,318; and the District levied an ad valorem debt service tax rate for its outstanding debt obligations of $0.1566 per $100 of taxable assessed valuation.  Based on the bond market conditions on the date of the Board’s adoption of this Order, the maximum interest rate for any series of bonds authorized at the Election is 5% (expressed as a net effective interest rate applicable to any such series of bonds).  The bonds that are the subject of this Election shall mature serially or otherwise over a specified number of years (but not more than 40 years from their date), as prescribed by applicable Texas law, though the District estimates that, based on current bond market conditions, such bonds will amortize over a 30-year period from their respective date of issue.  The foregoing estimated maximum net effective interest rate and amortization period are only estimates, provided for Texas statutory compliance; they do not serve as a cap on the per annum interest rate at which any series of bonds authorized at the Election may be sold, or the amortization period for bonds that are the subject of this Election.

SECTION 9:     The Board authorizes the President, Board of Trustees, the Superintendent of Schools, or the respective designee of either of such parties, to negotiate and enter into one or more joint election agreements, election services contracts, and/or similar contracts or agreements with the County, if desired or if required to comply with applicable law, as permitted and in accordance with the provisions of the Texas Election Code, as amended.  In addition, the Board authorizes the President, Board of Trustees, the Superintendent of Schools, or the respective designee of either of such parties to make such technical modifications to this Order that are necessary for compliance with applicable Texas or federal law or to carry out the intent of the Board, as evidenced herein.

SECTION 10:   The recitals contained in the preamble hereof are hereby found to be true, and such recitals are hereby made a part of this Order for all purposes and are adopted as a part of the judgment and findings of the Board.

SECTION 11:   All orders and resolutions, or parts thereof, which are in conflict or inconsistent with any provision of this Order are hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict, and the provisions of this Order shall be and remain controlling as to the matters ordered herein.

SECTION 12:   This Order shall be construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas and the United States of America.

SECTION 13:   It is officially found, determined, and declared that the meeting at which this Order is adopted was open to the public and public notice of the time, place, and subject matter of the public business to be considered at such meeting, including this Order, was given, all as required by Chapter 551, as amended, Texas Government Code.

SECTION 14:   If any provision of this Order or the application thereof to any person or circumstance shall be held to be invalid, the remainder of this Order and the application of such provision to other persons and circumstances shall nevertheless be valid, and the Board hereby declares that this Order would have been enacted without such invalid provision.

SECTION 15:   This Order shall be in force and effect from and after its final passage, and it is so ordered.

YOU WILL, THEREFORE, take notice of all the matters and facts set out in the foregoing Notice of Election.

 

   /s/  Naida Martinez                                     
Secretary, Board of Trustees
Premont Independent School District

 

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Exhibit A

ELECTION DAY PRECINCT AND POLLING INFORMATION

Election Day:  May 6, 2017

Election Day Polling Locations open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Presiding Judges:  Michelle McCleery

District
Precincts

Jim Wells County
Precincts

Duval County
Precincts

Polling Place

1

4, 11

3 (partial), 4 (partial)

Premont High School
400 South Elaine
Premont, Texas 78375

 

 

Exhibit B

EARLY VOTING

Early voting begins Monday, April 24, 2017 and ends on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Early Voting Clerk
Toni Kuhlman
Jim Wells County Courthouse, Room 104
200 N. Almond Street
Alice, Texas  78332

Presiding Judge of the Early Voting Ballot Board:  Angelita Salinas

Voters entitled to vote an early ballot by personal appearance may do so at any Early Voting site.

Main Early Voting Polling Place, Dates, and Times

Jim Wells County Courthouse, Room 104
200 N. Almond Street
Alice, Texas  78332

Dates

Times

Monday, April 24, 2017 through Tuesday, April 25, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 through Thursday, April 27, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 28, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 through Sunday, April 30, 2017

closed

Monday, May 1, 2017 through Tuesday, May 2, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Permanent Branch Early Voting Polling Place, Dates, and Times

Premont ISD C.A.S.E. Center
439 S.W. 4th Street
(directly behind the Administration Office)
Premont, Texas  78375

 

Dates

Times

Monday, April 24, 2017 through Tuesday, April 25, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 through Thursday, April 27, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 28, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 through Sunday, April 30, 2017

closed

Monday, May 1, 2017 through Tuesday, May 2, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 


 

Early Voting By Mail

Applications for voting by mail should be received no later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Applications should be sent to:

Jim Wells County Elections Administrator
Toni Kuhlman
P.O. Box 2188
Alice, Texas 78333
email: elections@co.jim-wells.tx.us

 

 

AVISO DE ELECCIÓN

EL ESTADO DE TEXAS

CONDADOS DE JIM WELLS y Duval

DISTRITO ESCOLAR INDEPENDIENTE DE PREMONT

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PARA LOS VOTANTES HABILITADOS QUE RESIDAN EN EL

DISTRITO ESCOLAR INDEPENDIENTE de Premont

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SE NOTIFICA que se llevará a cabo una elección en el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Premont el 6 de mayo de 2017 RESPECTO A LA EMISIÓN DE BONOS PARA LA CONSTRUCCIÓN DE ESCUELAS POR UN MONTO DE $10,600,000 CON EL FIN DE DISEÑAR, CONSTRUIR, RENOVAR, MEJORAR, ADQUIRIR Y EQUIPAR INSTALACIONES ESCOLARES, Y LA IMPOSICIÓN DE UN IMPUESTO PARA PAGAR LOS MISMOS, TODO conforme a una orden debidamente impartida por la Junta Directiva del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Premont el 16 de febrero de 2017, que dispone sustancialmente lo siguiente:


 

ORDEN DE CONVOCATORIA A ELECCIÓN PARA LA EMISIÓN DE BONOS A REALIZARSE EN EL DISTRITO ESCOLAR INDEPENDIENTE DE PREMONT, QUE ESTABLECE DISPOSICIONES PARA LA REALIZACIÓN DE LA ELECCIÓN, Y LA RESOLUCIÓN DE OTROS ASUNTOS DERIVADOS Y RELACIONADOS CON DICHA ELECCIÓN.

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VISTO que la Junta Directiva (en adelante, Junta) del DISTRITO ESCOLAR INDEPENDIENTE DE PREMONT (en adelante, Distrito) ubicado en los Condados de Jim Wells y Duval, Texas, por el presente encuentra y determina que se debe realizar una elección para determinar si el Distrito deberá estar autorizado a emitir bonos del Distrito por el importe y para los fines identificados a continuación (en adelante, Elección); y

VISTO que el Distrito llevará a cabo la Elección conforme a las leyes del Estado de Texas (el Estado) y las leyes federales aplicables; y

VISTO que la Junta considera y determina por el presente que la necesidad de introducir diversas mejoras sustanciales dentro del Distrito exige que en interés del público se convoque y celebre la Elección en la fecha más pronta posible, con el fin de autorizar la emisión de bonos de obligaciones generales para los propósitos establecidos a continuación; y

VISTO que la Junta considera y determina por el presente que las acciones descriptas precedentemente son las más convenientes para los residentes del Distrito; luego, por lo tanto,

LA JUNTA DIRECTIVA DEL DISTRITO ESCOLAR INDEPENDIENTE DE PREMONT ORDENA LO SIGUIENTE:

ARTÍCULO 1:  La Elección se llevará a cabo en el DISTRITO ESCOLAR INDEPENDIENTE DE PREMONT el 6 de mayo de 2017 (el Día de la Elección), que es una fecha de elección uniforme conforme lo dispuesto en el Código Electoral de Texas y sus enmiendas, fijada un mínimo de 78 días a partir de la fecha de adopción de esta orden (la Orden), con el fin de someter la siguiente propuesta a los votantes habilitados del Distrito:

PROPUESTA

“¿Deberá autorizarse a la Junta Directiva del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Premont para que emita y venda bonos del Distrito por un importe de capital que no podrá superar $10,600,000 con el fin de construir, renovar, mejorar, adquirir y equipar instalaciones escolares (y la remoción necesaria o conexa de las instalaciones existentes), y dichos bonos vencerán en serie o de otro modo (antes de los 40 años a partir de su fecha de emisión) de acuerdo con lo que establece la ley; que cualquier emisión o serie de dichos bonos devengará intereses anuales a la tasa o tasas (fijas, flotantes, variables o de otro tipo) que se pueda determinar, sujeto al criterio de la Junta Directiva, siempre que dicha tasa o tasas de interés no superen la tasa máxima anual que se autorice por ley al momento de emisión de cualquier emisión o serie de dichos bonos; y deberá autorizarse a la Junta Directiva del Distrito para que imponga y comprometa, y disponga la valuación y el cobro de impuestos anuales ad valorem sobre todos los bienes imponibles en el Distrito que sean suficientes, sin limitación en cuanto a la tasa o monto, para pagar el capital y los intereses sobre los bonos y el costo de cualquier acuerdo de crédito que se celebre en relación con los bonos?”

ARTÍCULO 2:  Por el presente, se establecen una o más circunscripciones electorales escolares con el propósito de celebrar la Elección, y se designan uno o más lugares de votación para llevar a cabo la Elección en las circunscripciones electorales escolares, que figuran en el Anexo A de esta Orden (que se incorpora al presente por referencia a todos los efectos). Al menos 79 días antes del Día de la Elección programado, o tan pronto como sea razonablemente posible, el presidente de la Junta Directiva, el superintendente de escuelas, o las personas que estos designen respectivamente, identificarán y aprobarán formalmente la designación del juez presidente, jueces presidentes suplentes, secretarios electorales, y todos los demás funcionarios electorales para la Elección, junto con cualquier otro cambio necesario a las prácticas y procedimientos electorales y podrán corregir, modificar o cambiar los Anexos de esta Orden en función de los lugares y horarios definitivos acordados por el Distrito, en la medida que lo permita la ley aplicable.

A.        El juez presidente designará al menos dos votantes habilitados residentes del Distrito para actuar como secretarios a efectos de llevar a cabo correctamente la Elección. En la medida exigida por el Código Electoral de Texas y sus enmiendas, u otra ley aplicable, al designar estos secretarios deberá incluirse una persona que hable español con fluidez a fin de que cumpla las funciones de secretario, para proporcionar asistencia verbal en español a cualquier votante que la solicite en las urnas en el Día de la Elección. Si el juez presidente designado de hecho está en funciones, el juez presidente suplente deberá cumplir las funciones de uno de los secretarios. En ausencia del juez presidente, el juez presidente suplente deberá cumplir con los deberes del juez presidente de la circunscripción electoral.

B.         En el Día de la Elección, los lugares de votación deberán estar abiertos tal como se indica en el Anexo A.

C.         El principal lugar de votación anticipada se indica en el Anexo B de la presente Orden (que se incorpora al presente por referencia a todos los efectos). La persona nombrada como secretario de la votación anticipada según lo indicado en el Anexo B, se designa por el presente como secretario de la votación anticipada para llevar a cabo la misma en la Elección. El secretario de la votación anticipada deberá designar a los secretarios adjuntos de la votación anticipada. Esta oficina o lugar permanecerán abiertos para permitir la votación anticipada los días y horas que se indican en el Anexo B. La votación anticipada comenzará tal como se establece en el Anexo B y continuará hasta la fecha establecida en el Anexo B, como lo disponen el Código Electoral de Texas y sus enmiendas.

Por el presente se crea el Comité de escrutinio de la votación anticipada con el fin de procesar los resultados de la votación anticipada. Por el presente se designa como juez presidente del Comité de escrutinio de la votación anticipada a la persona que se indica en el Anexo B como juez presidente de dicho Comité. El juez presidente deberá designar al menos a dos votantes habilitados que sean residentes del Distrito para que actúen como miembros del Comité de escrutinio de la votación anticipada.

ARTÍCULO 3:  En el D

 

 
 

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