Local issues among November decisions

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Tuesday, Oct. 11, is the deadline to register to vote in the November election, which will decide a number of local issues.

Within Pearland, a local option election will decide whether liquor stores could be allowed within the city. City council and staff have pointed out that, should the item pass by voters, the city still retains control of where liquor sales are located.

“Liquor sales in the wrong place and the wrong location is probably not in keeping with what we want in Pearland,” Mayor Tom Reid said.

“As you grow as a city, and try to be a cosmopolitan community, there are a lot of things that don’t belong there. They can go down the road another three miles and be outside city limits. There is a feeling there is some economic benefit from having them in the community.”

For those in the Pearland ISD, a $220 million bond referendum will be decided. A public meeting on the topic takes place Oct. 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the Education Support Center, to be held during the Pearland Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon.

Proposed bond projects include expansions and upgrades to both technology and individual campuses in the district.

The maximum tax impact of the bond package has been estimated at 7 cents per $100 of valuation.

To vote in the November election, residents must be registered in Brazoria County and living in Pearland ISD before Oct. 11. Early voting will begin at 8 a.m. Oct. 24 and run through Nov. 4. Pearland early voting locations include the Tom Reid Library, 3522 Liberty Dr., Westside Event Center, 2150 Countryplace Dr., and the Westside Library, 2803 Business Center Dr.

In Brazoria County, the Nov. 8 election will include the local positions of sheriff, tax assessor-collector, treasurer, commissioners for precincts 1 and 3, four justice of the peace seats and four constable positions.

For more information or to register, visit brazoriacountyvotes.org.

Story by Nicole Jones

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