Saturday is Election Day in Ellis County, with elections in most cities and school districts. Also up for votersí approval are an alcohol-related election in the city of Garrett, a school bond election in Red Oak ISD, a county facilities bond election, a special election for residents of Ellis County Emergency Services District No. 6 and a state constitutional amendment election.

Early voting ended Tuesday, with almost 2,300 votes cast on the county ballot, which includes the county facilities bond and the state constitutional amendment. The county ballot also contains the special election for ESD No. 6, which includes those voters residing in the area roughly equivalent to Waxahachie ISD.

The May 12 bond election is for the issuance of bonds in the amount of $53.875 million. This will cover the cost for the acquisition of real estate not currently owned by the county, all professional consultantís fees such as architects, engineers, surveyors, building permits and fees, building technology such as phone systems, voice and data cabling, security system, and access control, furniture, fixtures, and equipment, relocation of all county employees and their furniture, files, computers, and equipment from current multiple locations in the county into a single consolidated new facility, construction of a new two-story 78,799 square-foot administrative and justice office building and a new 273 bed county jail facility. The project will also include a 500-car parking garage located one block away from the courthouse square. The cost for this parking garage will be paid for by the City of Waxahachie and is not included in the bond package.

ESD proposition

ESD No. 6 is seeking to raise the tax rate for the district from 3 cents to 10 cents per $100 valuation, though a resolution from the districtís commissioners will cap the increase at 6 through at least 2008. The increase represents about $150,000 extra per year for the district, essentially doubling its annual funding for Waxahachie Rural and Forreston volunteer fire departments.

The state constitutional amendment would give seniors and disabled homeowners the same property tax reductions that all other homeowners received in 2006. If adopted, the current frozen tax rates for senior and disabled homeowners would be lowered and then locked in at the new, reduced rates.

Where possible, officials have tried to coordinate city and school election voting to occur at the same place as county voting. In some circumstances, voters may have to go to more than one location to cast ballots as a result of the different elections being held on the same day.

As an example, the city of Waxahachie and Waxahachie ISD voting sites will be at Marvin Elementary. County precincts 120, 129, 135, 144 and 145 also will vote at Marvin Elementary, with residents casting their ballots on the county bond and constitutional amendment, as well as ESD No. 6, if in that district.

Waxahachie residents in county precincts 111 and 136, will vote in the city and school board election at Marvin Elementary and then cast their county ballot at Waxahachie Bible Church. Waxahachie residents in county precincts 113, 114, 115, 119 will cast their county ballot at Graham Street Church of Christ.

For more information, contact the Ellis County Elections Office at (972) 923-5195.

County polling places listed

Pcts. 101, 102, 107, 108, 142

Midlothian Conference Center

100 Community Way

Midlothian

Pcts. 103, 137

Ovilla City Hall

105 Cockrell Hill Road

Ovilla

Pcts. 104, 109, 110, 139 and 140

Red Oak City Hall

200 Lakeview Parkway

Red Oak

Pcts. 105, 106, 143

Ferris Junior High School

301 E. Fifth St.

Ferris

Pcts. 111, 134, 136

Waxahachie Bible Church

621 N. Grand Ave.

Waxahachie

Pcts. 112, 118

Maypearl ISD Administration Building

300 Panther Lane

Maypearl

Pcts. 113, 114, 115, 119

Graham Street Church of Christ

304 Graham St.

Waxahachie

Pcts. 116, 117, 128

Fundamental Baptist Church

220 W. Jefferson St.

Palmer

Pcts. 120, 129, 135, 144, 145

Marvin Elementary School

110 Brown St.

Waxahachie

Pct. 121

Austin Elementary School

1500 Austin Drive

Ennis

Pcts. 122, 126, 127

San Jacinto School Auditorium

501 N. Gaines St.

Ennis

Pct. 123, 141

Bright Morning Star Baptist Church

1007 N. Daffan St.

Ennis

Pct. 124

City Community Center

301 W. Crockett St.

Ennis

Pct. 125

Travis Elementary School

200 N. Shawnee

Ennis

Pct. 130

Milford Community Center

111 S. Main St.

Milford

Pct. 131

Italy Community Center

100 E. Main St.

Italy

Pcts. 132, 133

Avalon High School Library

111 E. Main St.

Avalon

Pct. 138

Oak Leaf City Hall

301 Locust

Oak Leaf

Garrett Municipal Election

Garrett City Hall

208 N. Ferris St.

Garrett