November ballot to ask Keller voters about liquor, street maintenance sales tax
Keller voters will soon decide whether to allow liquor stores within city limits as well as whether to reauthorize the city's street maintenance sales tax. Both items will appear on the Nov. 5, 2019 ballot.
Local Option Election
A special local option election for the purpose of considering "the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages, including mixed beverages" within Keller was added to the ballot after a privately sponsored petition collected nearly 7,850 signatures accepted by the Tarrant County Elections Division this spring.
If approved, standards for liquor stores would be added to the city’s Unified Development Code and their construction and operation could be approved through the city’s specific use permitting process. Additionally, this ballot measure would allow alcohol to be served on property along the western edge of town that was annexed after Keller’s most recent alcohol election in 1993. The City of Keller’s Specific Use Permitting process requires public hearings and votes by the Planning & Zoning Commission as well as the City Council.
November's sales and use tax election will ask Keller voters whether to continue the city's 1/4-cent sales tax dedicated to street maintenance. First approved as an 1/8-cent dedication in 2003 and raised by voters to a 1/4-cent dedication in 2007, this item is required by state law to go back to voters every four years.
Since the dedication was last reauthorized in November 2015, it has provided about $5.98 million earmarked for street improvements. That funding has contributed to work on more than 7.7 miles of repaving and/or reconstruction across 39 streets, including work on Rufe Snow, Pearson, Rapp, Willis, Ottinger, Shady Grove and Keller-Smithfield.
Early voting for the Nov. 5, 2019 election begins Monday, Oct. 21 and ends Friday, Nov. 1. Learn more at www.cityofkeller.com/election.