V.23 No.44 | 10/30/2014
The Obvious, the Important and the Inscrutable
The Alibi’s guide to amendments and advisory questions
By Ty Bannerman
Our guide to city bonds, constitutional amendments, and other mysterious items that await you at the bottom of this year’s ballot.
V.22 No.41 | 10/10/2013
Happy Voting Day!
Polls stay open until 7 tonight
By Lisa Barrow [ Tue Oct 8 2013 12:28 PM ]
Today, it’s your Burqueño right and responsibility to choose the mayor, approve or disapprove some bonds, and possibly select a councilor for your district. Polls stay open until 7pm, and you can vote at any of them. The city’s even provided a map of polling locations that includes wait times.
Remember, for city elections, an ID is required. According to the city’s website, though, they’re pretty liberal about what constitutes voter identification:
• Government-issued card containing the voter's name and photo
• Driver's license
• Student identification card
• Credit or debit card
• Insurance card
• Union membership card
• Professional association card
• City Clerk-issued identification
• Other membership cards with the voter's name and photo
It’s certainly nice to see that if you’re one of the folks who could be negatively impacted by a voter ID law, you can at least present your Costco card in lieu of a driver’s license.
Municipal elections aren’t the sexiest of the elections (and that’s really saying something), but they represent a chance for normal people like you and me to have a say in what happens close to home. Take a few minutes to vote today and you’ll be justified in complaining about the results for the next 364.
V.20 No.38 | 9/22/2011
General obligation bonds are debt the city takes on and promises to pay back with interest. These bonds are paid with property taxes, and typically, new ones are issued when old ones are paid off. That way, property taxes don’t increase.
V.19 No.43 | 10/28/2010
The Alibi endorses all bonds in 2010. Here's a quick rundown:
V.18 No.39 | 9/24/2009
The Alibi endorses all bonds proposed on the ballot. This year, all bonds are General Obligation (GO). Bonds are debt the city incurs for capital improvement projects. When a city takes out a bond, it promises to pay the balance back in full with interest. None of these bonds will increase property taxes. Here's what you're being asked to vote for.
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