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Early Voting Begins: VIA Bus Service In Castle Hills, Judson ISD Bonds At Stake

Chris Eudaily | Texas Public Radio
Texas Public Radio

Early voting begins Monday for a May 7 election that will decide whether Castle Hills keeps VIA bus service, and whether property owners in the Judson Independent School District are willing to pay more for their schools.

In Castle Hills voters will decide if they want to continue using a half-cent of the collected sales tax for VIA bus service, or if they instead want to redirect the nearly $500,000 to a municipal development district that would use the money for street repairs and other infrastructure. 

If voters eliminate VIA service, some 900 riders who daily board buses in Castle Hills would have to find other transportation options. VIA also provides the community with transportation for disabled riders.

Also on the Bexar County ballot are Judson Independent School District proposals for four bond issues totaling almost $266 million. The money would be used for upgrading technology, retiring old debt, and facility construction, including construction of two new elementary schools.  Judson ISD estimates the average homeowner with a $150,000 home would pay $100 more in a taxes a year.  

Numerous school districts in Bexar County are electing trustees and communities are electing city councils.

In Texas House District 120, voters will chose among four candidates who want to fill retired state Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon’s vacant seat through the end of this year.  A runoff race between two Democrats competing to take over the seat for the next full term is set for May 27. 

Early voting extends through May 3.   The Bexar County Elections Department has posted polling locations and hours or operation. 

Shelley Kofler is Texas Public Radio’s news director. She joined the San Antonio station in December 2014 and leads a growing staff that produces two weekly programs; a daily talk show, news features, reports and online content. Prior to TPR, Shelley served as the managing editor and news director at KERA in Dallas-Fort Worth, and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.