City early voting ends Tuesday

Early voting for May 8 city elections continues weekdays through Tuesday at City Hall.

The early balloting started Monday and 51 votes were cast through 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Voters will choose a new mayor and east ward council member in contested races and will also decide a contested race between an incumbent west ward councilman and a challenger.

Voters are also being asked to abolish the half-cent sales tax in the Rockdale Hospital District, dissolve the Municipal Development District (MDD) created just one year ago and replace it with a new MDD whose boundaries would include all of Rockdale plus the city’s extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

Early voting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday and Monday and Tuesday will see extended early voting hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Candidates Dr. Larry Don Jones, Collier Perry and Darrell R. Greer are running for the office of mayor being vacated by John Shomake.

Joyce Dalley and Roger Whitmore, are seeking the east ward council seat being vacated by J. T. Talley

In the west ward incumbent Tom Fisher is challenged by Toby Johnson.

Sales tax

There are three sales tax proposals on the ballot. Object is to transfer a half-cent sales tax which had been collected for the past 16 years by the Rockdale Hospital District to the city for economic development.

If a ll t hree proposa ls a re approved, a new Municipal Development District will be created, enabling one entity to collect and administer sales taxes formerly going to the hospital district.

Not everyone who votes in the sales tax election will vote on all three proposals, depending on where they reside.

For instance, only those residing inside the 1994 Rockdale city limits will be able to vote on abolition of the hospital district tax.

Election officials at City Hall will assist voters with determining which proposals they are eligible to vote on.

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