Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Special Election to Continue Funding for Crime Control and Prevention Programs

At their February 1, 2017, meeting, the Southlake Crime Control and Prevention District Board called for a special election to be held asking voters to consider a twenty-year continuance of the current 1/8 cent sales tax that supports crime control and prevention programs and capital purchases.

The Southlake Crime Control and Prevention District has been in place since 1997, and during those 20 years, in addition to the School Resource Officer program, the sales tax has funded the construction of the City’s three public safety facilities and the purchase of necessary equipment such as radio upgrades, body and dash cameras, SWAT equipment, security cameras, rifles, technology upgrades, and town square security. For more information about the District, please visit the City’s website.

In calling the election, the Board also established strategies for the District that will be used to guide future District investments, should the continuation be approved by Southlake voters:

  1. Achieve the highest standards of school safety and security through the School Resource Officer program.
  2.  Achieve the highest standards of safety and security through:
    • public education, community engagement, and specialized programs that support a low crime rate and effective emergency response;
    • modern technology and equipment; and, through
    • a well-trained, well-equipped and professional police department
  3. Invest to provide high quality public safety facilities.

Early voting begins Monday, April 24, 2017, and concludes Tuesday, May 2, 2017. During the period of early voting, voters may vote at any polling location within their county. Voters who are unsure if they are registered to vote are asked to check the appropriate county website (Tarrant or Denton) for verification. In order to vote in the May 6th election, persons must be registered by April 6th.

All voters are required to present an approved form of identification in order to vote in any Texas Election.

Election Day takes place May 6, 2017.  Southlake voters must go to their county precinct polling location on Election Day.

Please check the City’s election webpage for updated information. Questions regarding early voting and Election Day may be directed to the Southlake City Secretary’s office (817) 748-8016.

 

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