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The City of Granite Shoals
2221 N. Phillips Ranch Road
Granite Shoals, TX 78654
Ph: 830-598-2424
May 6, 2017 City General Officers Election
Please contact City Secretary Elaine Simpson if you have any questions related to the May 6, 2017 City General Officers Election.  Her phone number is 830-598-2424 x 303.  

Ord. 706 Ordinance to Call the 5 6 2017 Election for General Officers (both in English and Spanish) passed on January 24, 2017.  You can view Ord. 706 here.  The Notice of Order of Election is here.  

The Burnet County Elections Administrator / Voter Registrar is Doug Ferguson.  His webpage for the May 2017 Elections is here.   

The Instruction Booklet for Candidates to file their Campaign Finance Reports has been updated.  The newest version 1 1 2017 is here

A Sample of the Ballot for Granite Shoals
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The City of Granite Shoals has two precincts, Precinct #3 and Precinct #18.  Both of our city precincts will vote on Election Day at the Fire Station on FM 1431.  The Ballot Proof is below.  The formatting will be redone so that the instructions to the voter do not cross the middle of the page.   The sample ballot as will be printed in the official newspaper of the City; the Highlander on April 21st and on May 5th, is here.  

Candidates for May 6, 2017 Granite Shoals General City Officials Election
The 'filing period' to apply for a place on the May 6, 2017 General Officers Election Ballot ended Friday, February 17, 2017 at 5:00 PM.  

For Mayor: 

Carl Brugger is running for re-election as Mayor.  He is serving as his own Campaign Treasurer, and has stated his intent to spend $500.00 or less on his campaign.  He has signed the Code of Fair Campaign Practices.  

Mike Steenbergen is running for election as Mayor.  He is serving as his own Campaign Treasurer.  

For City Council Member, Place #1 

Anita Hisey is running for re-election as Council Member for Place #1.  She is serving as her own Campaign Treasurer, and intends to spend $500.00 or less on her campaign.  She has signed the Code of Fair Campaign Practices.  

For City Council Member, Place #3 

Jim Davant is running for re-election as Council Member for Place #3 (a seat he was appointed to October 2016 after the resignation of Eric Tanner).  He is serving as his own Campaign Treasurer and has declared his intent to spend $500.00 or less on his campaign.  

For City Council Member, Place #5 

Todd Holland has filed for re-election to Place #5.  He has chosen to act as his own Campaign Treasurer and has declared his intent to spend $500 or less on his campaign.  

Since the Mayor race is contested, the city secretary conducted a drawing to determine the order of the names to appear on the ballot.  This drawing was held 2-21-2017 at 6 PM in the City Hall downstairs in the conference room.    

Here is a basic 'Mock Up' of the ballot after the drawing for order of names on the ballot.  

The last day to register to vote in the May 6, 2017 Election is April 6, 2017.  

Early Voting polling information for the May 6, 2017 Granite Shoals General Officers Election (Mayor Election) is here.  

November 8, 2016 Special Elections
Resolution #519 Canvass of the Election Results for the 3 Million Dollar Road Bond Election held 11 8 2016 

Resolution #520 Canvass of the Election Results for the Referendum Election on Ordinance #680 No Deer Feeding Ordinance 

Here are the OFFICIAL tabulation results from the Burnet County Election Office on 11-16-2016.  Tonight is the Special Called Canvass meeting held in order for City Council to approve the results of the elections.  The meeting will be held at 6 PM in the Council Chamber of City Hall on the 2nd floor.  All are welcome.  

Here are the unofficial tabulation results from Burnet County Election Office on 11-8-2016.  These results may change slightly, because there are provisional ballots and overseas mail ballots yet to be counted.  The official results will be considered by City Council at a Special Called meeting to canvass the election results, Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 6 PM.  All citizens are welcome to attend this meeting.  

November 8, 2016 Election Notices are here: 
Referendum Election 
Arterial Road Bond Election 
Posted 10/14/2016 es 

Here is the insert from the 10/26/2016 issue of the Picayune and the 10/28/2016 issue of The Highlander.  It is a Voter Information Sheet, in English and Spanish, related to information on the two Special Elections.  

Referendum Election regarding the No Deer Feeding Ordinance. 

On August 15, 2016, the City Council adopted Ordinance #696 to call a Referendum Election in order to place before the voters, the 'No Feeding the Deer Ordinance' (which is Ordinance #680).     This Referendum Election was called in response to a valid petition received on August 9, 2016.    To read all about the 'No Feeding The Deer Ordinance' please click here.     To see Election Polling Places, Dates and Times see here.     To read about the Deer Management Program, the Wildlife Advisory Committee and other information on Deer Management, see the Deer Management page of this website.   

The Wording of the Referendum Issue on the ballot will be: 

In English 

            Shall the City Code be amended to include Ordinance No. 680, “No Deer Feeding Ordinance,” the effect of which would be: (1) to prohibit the feeding of deer in the city limits, which is an essential component of the city’s comprehensive deer management program; (2) to adopt a city policy that enforcement of deer-feeding regulations should occur first through education, then through warnings, then through the imposition of civil penalties, and then through the initiation of criminal proceedings only if all of the previous methods prove ineffective; and (3) to provide due process protections for persons accused of violating the ordinance?

__          YES

__          NO

In Spanish 

¿Debería modificarse el Código de la Ciudad para incluir la Ordenanza Nº 680, "Ordenanza para no alimentar venados", cuyos efecto serían: (1) prohibir que se alimenten venados dentro de los límites de la ciudad, lo cual constituye un componente esencial del programa general de control de venados; (2) adoptar una política en la ciudad para que se cumplan los reglamentos sobre alimentar venados, primero por medio de campañas de información públicas, seguido por advertencias, y después por la aplicación de sanciones civiles; y finalmente, por procedimientos penales sólo en caso de que los métodos anteriores no sean eficaces; y, (3) establecer garantías procesales para las personas acusadas del incumplimiento de la ordenanza?

__ SÍ

__ NO

Here is the Notice of Order of Referendum Election, as will be posted on the bulletin boards.   For the Referendum Election, the entire ordinance will have to be published in the Highlander News, the City's newspaper of record.  This will be published within the month before the election.  

Here is Ordinance 680 in English. 

Here is Ordinance 680 in Spanish.  

Arterial Roads Infrastructure Bond Election. 

On August 22, 2016, the City Council adopted Ordinance #698 to call a Special Election to place a Road Bond before the voters.  This will be a Proposition, worded 'For' or 'Against' 'The Issuance Of $3,000,000 Tax Bonds for Improvements to Phillips Ranch Road, Prairie Creek Road and Valley View Lane.'  

The Arterial Road Infrastructure Project has been the subject of Council discussion for the last year and a half.  A 'Town Hall Meeting' was held  Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 9 AM at the Fire Hall during which the Streets and Water Advisory Group (SWAG) and City Council held TOWN HALL MEETING for everyone who would like to discuss public improvements: specifically Road Issues. Here is the agenda for the meeting. Here is a copy of the PowerPoint slide show that was presented at the meeting. Here is an excerpt from the City's Comprehensive Plan, which covers the Transportation Plan (this plan was adopted in 2010 and is the city's 'current' plan).    Since this TOWN HALL Meeting was held, city staff has continued to research monthly fees on water bills as a means of financing the Arterial Road Infrastructure Project.  Legally, this cannot be done, a road fee can only be added to utility bills if it is based on an Engineering Study.  Also, to sell a city park, the voters must first vote to allow the sale of the park, then, if approved, any proceeds would have to be placed back into the city budget in a fund restricted to use for the benefit of the Parks.  These two financing ideas have been eliminated from options under consideration.  

The City Council also decided on March 8, 2016 to adopt Resolution # 506.  This Resolution authorizes the City Manager to apply for a United States Department Of Agriculture Grant (USDA Grant) through the office of Rural Development, to share the expense of the Arterial Roads Infrastructure Project.  The City Council authorized the City Manager to apply for up to five million dollars in a grant.  The Road Infrastructure project was a main subject of Mayors column in the April 2016 city newsletter, see page 2.  

Citizens have indicated that they would like all three arterial roads included in this project. Many Council Workshops have been held, and engineers have been consulted. 

At their July 26, 2016, Council held a workshop about this proposed project.  Please see the workshop item from the meeting minutes, especially 'Exhibit B' to the meeting minutes.  

The ballot wording for the Bond Special Election will read like this:

November 8, 2016 (8 de Noviembre 2016)
City of Granite Shoals
Bond Election (Ciudad de Granite Shoals Eleccion de Bono)

Place an "x" in the square beside the statement indicating the way
you wish to vote. ((Coloque una "x" en el cuadrado al lado de la frase que
corresponde a su votación).



Here is the Ordinance that called the Road Bond Election.  

Here are 10 of the most FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS regarding the Road Bond that is proposed for November 8th.  

1. How did the City arrive at the $3,000,000 bond amount? 
a. Our engineer estimated the cost (including a contingency) for rebuilding the full length of the City’s three arterial roads (Valley View, Prairie Creek, and Phillips Ranch) to be approximately $6,900,000 dollars.
b. The City’s contribution will be $3,000,000, and it has applied for a grant with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the difference.

2. Is it feasible to use only grant monies to rebuild the roads? 
a. Grants, including the USDA’s, generally come with matching requirements. Grants are different from gifts.
b. Because of the City’s small size and lower than average annual income of our citizens, the City is eligible for 55% matching grants, which means that for each dollar the City requests from the USDA, it will receive 55 cents.

3. What is the present method of paving the roads, and what is the present condition of the roads? 
a. The present paving method is called chip seal, where a layer of oil is covered with a layer of rock.  Chip seal does not provide as strong of a base for the final layer as asphalt. Prairie Creek Road, which was chip sealed in 2015, is already breaking down due to the condition of the base and heavy traffic levels (including trucks). 
b. Some of the arterial roads, Phillips Ranch Road in particular, have as many as three layers of chip seal on top of each other, resulting in movement between layers.
c. If the City’s roads are not built with an adequate road base to support the road’s wear surface, the result can be buckling and pot holes.

4. What part of Phillips Ranch Road, Prairie Creek Road and Valley View Land will be rebuilt?
a. Plans are to do each the full length of each arterial.
i. Valley View from FM 1431 to Leeway
ii. Prairie Creek from FM 1431 to Sherwood Forrest
iii. Phillips Ranch Road from FM 1431 to Live Oak

5. Who is the City using for the road design?
a. The City used two engineering firms to obtain primary estimates, but selected KC Engineering, Inc.
b. Mr. Greg Haley, a retired TXDOT district engineer, is the owner of KC Engineering, Inc.
c. Mr. Haley, while with TXDOT, designed that portion of RM 1431 that runs through Granite Shoals. It has lasted more than 20 years. He will be using the same design standards for our arterial streets.

6. What will rebuilding the arterial roads involve?
a. Grinding up the existing roadway and base using a process called Bomag.
b. Install a new road base compacted to 9 inches.
c. Add a prime and tack coat.
d. Add up to 2 inches of compacted asphaltic pavement.
e. To prevent the edge of the new pavement from crumbling, there will be a ribbon curb along Phillips Ranch Road.

7. What will be the cost for the new roads?
a. Valley View Lane
i. Design will use a ditch for drainage, assuming ample right of way is available.
ii. FM 1431 to Kingsoak, $633,000.
iii. Kingsoak to Leeway, $676,000.
b. Prairie Creek Road
i. FM 1431 to Forrest Hills
1. Design will use a curb and gutter for drainage. Preliminary drainage plans call for draining the water down to the lake and away from the houses along Prairie Creek.
2. Curb & gutter with storm sewer, $2,038,000
3. Water line replacement $653,000.
ii. Forrest Hills to Sherwood Forrest
1. Design will use a ditch for drainage.
2. $268,000
c. Phillips Ranch Road
i. Design will use a ditch for drainage, assuming ample right of way is available.
ii. FM 1431 to Newcastle, $768,000.
iii. Newcastle to Bluebriar Dr., $472,000.
iv. Bluebriar Dr. to Live Oak, $550,400.

8. When will the road project be complete?
a. Since 55% of the cost of the road project will come from grant funds, construction cannot start until the grant is approved and received.
b. The process of applying for and receiving grant funds from the USDA can take anywhere from two to four years.
c. Construction time may also be affected by the level of inconvenience to drivers:
i. The closing of both lanes of an arterial for construction will reduce the construction time.
ii. The closing of only one lane at a time will lengthen the construction time.
9. When and by how much will my taxes go up?
a. The bonds will not be issued and City will not start repaying the debt until the USDA grant is received.  Therefore, the bonds may not be issued until 2018 or 2019.
b. The bond proposal gives the City latitude to obtain the best interest rate for the Citizens of Granite Shoals.  Bonds can have be issued for as long as 40 years, but a 15 year life is currently being considered (The roads will be designed for a 20 year life).
c. The interest rate on bonds will be dependent on the time of issuance. Conservatively, the bond proposal is based on a 4.9% interest rate. 
d. Bonds issued at 4.9% interest with a 15 year life, would raise taxes on a $100,000 home by $76.10 per year.
e. Residents whose taxes are frozen will see no change to their taxes as a result of this project.

10. Why are the voters being asked to consider approval of bond money at this time? 
a. Application for a matching grant requires that information be supplied in sufficient detail to satisfy the grant requirements, such as environmental studies, surveys, and detailed cost estimates. 
b. Preparing this information requires expenditures of City funds.


Both Special Elections will be administrated, as customary, under a contract with Doug Ferguson, the Burnet County Election Administrator.  

What ID should I bring to vote?

Please see the below links to the following updated materials:

The updated PowerPoint on Voter Identification -

  1. Updated Election Advisory 2016-17 -
  2. The updated Inspector Handbook -
  3. The updated Poll Watchers Handbook -
  4. The updated Early Voting Ballot Board Handbook -
  5. The updated Qualifying Voters Handbook (
  6. The updated template press release in English and Spanish - and
  7. Updated Forms 7-7, 13-1, 5-11a, 5-8, and 5-22 -


These materials should be used to the extent reasonably possible going forward.  


Keith Ingram

Director, Elections Division

Office of the Secretary of State



May 7, 2016 City General and Special Elections

Here is Resolution #509.  It makes the May 7, 2016 General and Special Elections results 'official'.  It passed May 17, 2016 at a Special Called Canvass meeting of the City Council. 
Re-elected officials will take their Oaths and be awarded their Certificates of Election at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 6 PM.  

May 7th Unofficial Results - posted 8:54 PM 
In PDF format

General Election - Candidates 
King, Place 2 (ran unopposed) 
Tom Dillard, Place 4 
Mark Morren, Place 6 

Both of the Propositions on the ballot passed. 

Canvass meeting will be 5/17/2016 at 6:00 PM downstairs conference room at City Hall.  


May 7, 2016 is Election Day for the City of Granite Shoals for General and Special Elections!  Here is a Sample Ballot.   City Council called the Election(s) at their second meeting in January. Here is the official calendar that applies to all cities having a May election.  Election Calendar for May 7, 2016, as updated Dec. 2015.  

Here is the Ordinance #679 Calling the General Election for City Officers for May 7, 2016 for City Council places 2, 4 and 6.  Attached to this Ordinance are the Joint Election Agreement and the Contract for Election Services that the City Council approved January 26, 2016.  The Burnet County Elections Administrator Doug Ferguson will serve as Election Administrator. Here is Ordinance #679 in English and Spanish (the contract is not attached to this version)

Here is Ordinance #681, Calling the Granite Shoals Special Election for Sales Tax for May 7, 2016.  The ballot proposition wording can be found on Exhibit 'A'.  Mr. Ferguson and his office will also provide Election Services for this election, under the same contract adopted with Ord. 679.   This Sales Tax Election is being called, in part, to ask the voters to 're-authorize' the current Sales Tax that is dedicated to Street Maintenance, also to increase the amount dedicated to Street Maintenance.    Here is Ordinance #681 in Spanish.  Here is the Spanish version of the ballot wording.  

Here is the Notice of the Orders of Election, for both the Special and the General Elections to be held May 7, 2016.  The Order Notices are in English and Spanish.  There are four total pages.  

This year, the following City Council seats are up for re-election:
Place 2 currently held by Mayor Pro Tem Shirley King 
Place 4 currently held by Tom Dillard 
Place 6 currently held by Mark Morren 

Shirley King has filed her application for a place on the 5-7-2016 City General Officers Election for re-election to place #2.  Mayor Pro Tem King will serve as her own Campaign Treasurer, and she has signed the Code of Fair Campaign Practices.  

Arturo Rubio has filed to run for place #4.  He will serve as his own Campaign Treasurer, and has subscribed to the Code of Fair Campaign Practices.  
Tom Dillard has filed for re-election to place #4.  He will serve as his own Campaign Treasurer and has subscribed to the Code of Fair Campaign Practices. 

Will Skinner has applied to run for place #6.  Brittany A. Skinner is his Campaign Treasurer. 
Mark Morren has filed for re-election for place #6.  He will serve as his own Campaign Treasurer. 
Michael Lee Steenbergen has filed to run for place #6.  He will serve as his own Campaign Treasurer and has subscribed to the Code of Fair Campaign Practices.  

Code of Fair Campaign Practices is a voluntary pledge.  
All candidates have chosen to conduct their campaigns with a $500 limit.  This is called 'Modified Reporting'.  It means that so long as the campaign neither raises, nor spends, more than $500, the Campaign Treasurer is not required to file certain Financial reports.  

On February 23, 2016, a Drawing For Order of Names on the Ballot was held.  Here is the ballot for the General Officers Election: 

Place #2: Shirley King  

Place #4: Tom Dillard 
Arturo Rubio 

Place #6: Mark Morren 
Michael Steenbergen 
Will Skinner 

Here is the ballot language for the Special Election (for Sales Tax options)

PROPOSITION 1:         The adoption of a local sales and use tax in the City of Granite Shoals at the rate of one percent, the adoption of a local sales and use tax in the City of Granite Shoals at the rate of three fourths of one percent to provide revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets, and the abolition of the additional sales and use tax within the city.

PROPOSITION 2:         The reauthorization of the local sales and use tax in the City of Granite Shoals at the rate of one fourth of one percent to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets. The tax expires on the fourth anniversary of the date of this election unless the imposition of the tax is reauthorized.

Applications for ballot by mail can be requested from and should be returned to:   Doug Ferguson, Burnet County Elections Administrator, 220 S. Pierce ST, Burnet, TX  78611.   

For information regarding Voter Registration please contact Voter Registrar and Elections Administrator for Burnet County: Doug Ferguson    Elections Administrator (note: this link takes you away from the City of Granite Shoals website) 512-715-5288.  

If you have questions about the election, please call the City Secretary.  She is glad to assist with all election related matters.