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Mark your ballots!

There may still be some of you out there who don’t realize early voting starts Monday in an election that will decide some of the most important issues facing our community in a long time.
A constitutional amendment election will give voters a chance to choose in favor or against authorizing the legislature to provide for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for public school purposes on the residence homesteads of the elderly or disabled to reflect any reduction in the rate of those taxes for the 2006 and 2007 tax years. This is an issue everyone should pay attention to. Everyone, unless the Good Lord takes them home first, will one day be 65 and this issue will affect them.
Ellis County officials are asking for the approval of the issuance of a $53,875,000 permanent improvement bond for a civil and criminal courts and detention center in downtown Waxahachie for the county and the acquisition of land and the levy of a tax in payment. Proponents of the bond say if passed, the resulting buildings would accommodate the growth of the area and the need of what are adequate administrative offices. They also say county residents need to consider three factors when deciding on the bond. Those factors are growth, aged facilities and capacity versus projected growth.
Opponents say the bond proposal was rushed and not very well thought out. And they say that even if it were a good idea to have more county offices crowded into the downtown Waxahachie area – which they say it isn’t – many of the citizens of Ellis County simply can’t afford to pay any more taxes for anything.
Ennis voters will cast ballots in a six-horse race for City Marshal sending the man with the most votes to the top-cop position for the City of Ennis. The candidates are John Erisman, Domingo Galban, Greg Housewright, Bill McBee, Sid Lopez and Daryl Ray Spence. A less crowded race is the one between incumbent Carolyn Frazier and challenger Ken Spicer for City Commission Ward 2.
Early voting begins tomorrow and will last through May 8. Ennis voters can beat the Election Day crowds by voting early and it is so much more convenient.
The Voters’ Guide that readers will find in this edition of the Ennis Daily News is a comprehensive section that includes information regarding the county bond election, the contested city commission and city marshal races, sample ballots and precinct and ward locations.
We hope our readers will find it useful and take time to study the issues and candidates. But most of all, we hope our readers will not only make it a point to vote, but to encourage everyone they know to vote as well.

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