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Newcomb, Martin keep Trustee seats

From Staff 


Slaton Independent School District At-Large Trustees Kara Newcomb and Justin Martin were able to hold their positions Saturday evening (May 7) during the general election.

In unofficial election results, Martin received 243 votes for 41.82 percent and Newcomb received 222 votes for 38.21 percent of the votes.

Opponent Brad Gaydos received 116 votes for 19.97 percent of the votes.

A total of 581 votes were cast in the local election, which was moved to the Slaton Community Clubhouse for this cycle.

The City of Slaton cancelled their elections in April after neither Commissioner Ward II Jim Taliaferro nor Ward IV Valarie Cubit-Johnson drew an opponent.

Also on the ballot were two amendment proposals.

The county voted for Proposition 1, with 19,847 votes for and 2,838 against for 22,685 total votes.

This proposition reduces the amount of the limitation on total ad valorum taxes on homesteads of elderly or disabled for school maintenance and operations.

Proposition 2 was also voted in favor, with 19,226 for and 3,632 against for 22,858 total votes.

This amendment increased the homestead exemption for school district property taxes from $25,000 to $40,000.

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