Flash staff report
November 8, 2023
Polls have closed and November’s Election Day 2023 has passed. While there were no national candidates to vote for local and state elections will affect residents for years to come – both good and bad.
Proposed changes to the Stephenville City Charter received mixed approval, with Prop 1 being voted down by a noticeable margin, while Prop 2 was approved by less than 10 votes. Prop 1 would have allowed for the reduction of the number of council members from eight to six. Prop 2 will allow for the increase in the number of terms candidates can hold from 2 two-year terms to 3 two-year terms for a total of six years in office.
Texas voters weighed in on 14 proposed amendments to the state constitution Tuesday and approved 13 of them. Highest on the list of approvals was the $18 billion in property tax cuts, receiving 85% of the vote. Also moving forward are amendments for retired teachers’ cost-of-living raises, in investments in tech, energy, infrastructure, state parks and more.
As of 9 a.m. on Wednesday, 99% of the votes were accounted for in the state. The only proposition to not be approved by voters was Prop 13 which would have allowed state judges to retire later.