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- Before I Go: The People Behind BCDCTX
I didn’t know a soul in Burnet County when I went to the inaugural meeting of the Burnet County Democratic Club a few years ago. I just knew I wanted to find people who believed that how a person lives their life isn’t anyone else’s business. I found them. Since then, I’ve served on the BCDC board alongside some phenomenal women who don’t always get the recognition they deserve. So, before I move out of Texas this week, I want to let you know who they are and why you should think about joining them. Christine Garcia Bowman – Christine gets people registered to vote. She sets up and runs booths at events like the Blue Bonnet Festival. She’s the person behind the Club’s Instagram account and some of the delicious food made for Club meetings. She’s gone out of her way to make speakers feel welcome and done many other things I’m sure I am neglecting to mention. Sandy Crosby – Whenever you see a meeting announcement in the Burnet Bulletin, the Daily Tribune or other local media outlet, thank Sandy. She writes press releases and gets them submitted on time. She also runs point on ads we create ourselves and ads we collaborate on with other groups (not an easy position to be in, believe me!). And she runs the Club’s Zoom meetings like she’s done it all her life. BJ Henry – BJ is the heart of the enthusiasm and positive attitude of the Club. She runs the board and membership meetings, recruits volunteers, works to support the county party, fixes great food, plans events, brings in money, leads strategic planning sessions and does everything else a president is supposed to do. And she’s turned into a Twitter phenom! It’s her drive (and a truly supportive spouse, David) that has gotten the Club to where it is today. Karen Mohan and Audrey Mohan – This mother-daughter team comprises the Club treasurer. Besides keeping track of money coming in, they file ethics reports with the state, reconcile bank statements, oversee accepting money at events, make sure bills are paid and people are reimbursed, and keep track of the budget. Audrey also created a Google Docs folder for the Club and is the go-to person for many digital questions. Mary Thompson – Mary recruits speakers for monthly meetings and entertainment for parties. She takes on special projects as needed and is the first to help on committees. She steps into the president’s role any time BJ is unavailable. And as a lawyer, she’s often able to give an educated opinion about things the rest of us are only guessing at. A few other mentions: Shirley Schmidt – Shirley had to leave the board recently, but I have to mention how much her political experience and life experience, along with her kind heart, help us get started. Herb Krasner and Charles Watkins – These two gentlemen heeded my call for blog posts and have written some fascinating articles. They are extremely committed to the cause, and it’s been my honor to be their editor. Keep an eye on them; they mean business. Other people just as great have joined the Club’s board and committees: Joan Altobelli is putting together the Club's newsletter. Teresa Hernandez is creating graphic designs and refreshing the website. Jody Karr is representing the Club with other Democratic groups. Martha Van Vleck is the new secretary. (We'd still love to have someone doing Facebook, since I'm leaving.) These are ones I've been lucky enough to meet. I hope you get to know them all. They have new ideas and talents and are determined to turn Burnet County blue. If anyone can do it, this group can – if you help! Thank you, BCDC board, for being my friends and fighting the good fight. I will miss you all. - Cindy Photo from my going-away party. These are seriously nice people.
- You Can Protest Property Valuation
My family's Burnet County Appraisal District (BCAD) property tax valuation basis statement (the appraised value of your property) arrived in the mail recently. Has yours? Property values have gone crazy lately, so taxes will follow. However, you can protest the appraisal district value if you do so by May 15 or 30 days after your notice is delivered to you, whichever is later. This is not to be considered legal advice on how you should proceed in your specific situation. This is just information about your right to protest if you choose to do so. The comptroller's office has the rules for appraisal protests. Or, if you prefer, you can get the necessary protest forms from the Burnet County Appraisal District. An alternative is to file a protest after you receive your tax bill in October. You could fill out a Property Owner’s Affidavit of Evidence to serve as your proxy, since you really don’t have to attend your hearing. Then, you could send a request for their evidence to be used against you 14 days or more before your scheduled hearing (the earlier the better). Of course, there are lots of details you will learn about the first time around. But maybe this is the year to start.
- 2 Warnings Before You Vote Absentee or In Person This Month
Voting again isn't simple for Texans. Take note of these two warnings. Warning #1: Two mailers instead of one. You will receive two separate absentee ballot mailers. They aren't duplicates; these are for two separate elections: one for the candidates, and one for the propositions. Why? Who knows. But it is causing a whole bunch of confusion and then extra work to prepare the return envelopes for mailing. So take your time and do it right. Warning #2: Proposition 1 isn't as complicated as it seems. Texas State Proposition 1 is one of the worst examples of language I have ever seen on a ballot. After some research, I was able to clarify the actual meaning of the proposition. To use (almost) plain English, this proposition will compress the tax rate for school maintenance and operations (M&O) for homeowners who have an exemption for being 65+ or disabled. (It's just like what HB 3 did for homeowners back in 2019: School taxes are going down because of HB 3, and now this Proposition 1 will help seniors and people who are disabled receive the same benefit.) So, a "yes" vote for Prop 1 supports amending the state constitution so that the legislature can lower the property-tax limit for school M&O taxes imposed on residents who are elderly or disabled so that the limit will reflect any tax-rate reduction enacted by law in the preceding tax year. A "no" vote opposes amending the constitution for this purpose. Read the full text of the proposed resolutions.
- BCDCTX | Burnet County Democratic Club | Texas
Thanks for attending the Democratic Convention Burnet County We had an excellent turnout of delegates, shared our Club's views and had a great time! Thanks to everyone who participated. WHAT WE DO ACTIVATE. EDUCATE. MOTIVATE . ACTIVATE • ACTIVATE • ACTIVATE 2021 Featured Speakers Watch a meeting! Subscribe to the our channel Americans United for Separation of Church and State Amplifying The Voice of Rural Texas Upcoming Election November 2, 2021 Learn more about the eight state constitutional amendments on the ballot. The amendments address topics ranging from religious freedom, taxes, to judicial eligibility. Read More LEARN MORE New ID Requirements Going to vote? Don't forget to bring your photo ID. Texas has new identification requirements. Be sure to take the right form of photo ID and/or one of the new acceptable forms of documentation. LEARN MORE Read More Get Involved What's your superpower? BCDC needs your talents! We are organizing volunteers to help text, call, bake, decorate, display signs, help with registering new voters, translate, and more! Learn more about volunteer opportunities with BCDC. LEARN MORE Read More Any person who supports democratic principles and ideals and is interested in building a grassroots movement to help support and elect Democratic candidates is welcome to join the Burnet County Democratic Club. Join BCDC Organizing, planning, and mobilizing a strategic grassroot effort requires a large network of volunteers doing a multitude of tasks and jobs. If you are motivated and passionate about turning Texas blue, please join us. Volunteer The Blue Swag Shop OFFICIAL BCDC GEAR SHOP ALL Hats, shirts, stickers, signs & more! Twin Pack Stickers BCDC Sticker BCDC Donkey Tee Turn TX Blue Cap BCDC BLOG Blue Voices Red County Interested in becoming a contributor? EMAIL US! READ THE BLOG Herb Krasner May 1 You Can Protest Property Valuation My family's Burnet County Appraisal District (BCAD) property tax valuation basis statement (the appraised value of your property) arrived... Herb Krasner Apr 29 2 Warnings Before You Vote Absentee or In Person This Month Take time to examine your absentee ballots and Prop 1's language. Cindy Dashnaw Mar 11 Have I Ever Been a ‘White Savior’? A LinkedIn post by a woman bragging about her daughter's anti-racism action is seen as problematic by BIPOC. " We're not going to have the America that we want until we elect leaders who are going to tell the truth — not most days, but every day. " ANN RICHARDS Get Involved! ACTIVATE. Subscribe
- Election Info | Burnet County Democratic Club | United States
2022 PRIMARY ELECTION Coming soon... Elections & Sample ballot NEW! Ballot Tracker Click here to track the status of your ballot by mail application or ballot. KEY DATES Last day to register to vote Thursday, April 7, 2022 Voter Registration Application Last day to apply for a ballot by mail Tuesday, April 26, 2022 (received, not postmarked) Application for Ballot by Mail (ENGLISH) Solicitud de boleta por correo (ESPANOL) First day of early voting Monday, April 25, 2022 Early Voting Schedule Last day of early voting Tuesday, May 3, 2022 Last day to receive voted ballot by mail Saturday, May 7, 2022 ELECTION DAY 7am - 7 pm (unless a late arriving deadline applies) AM I REGISTERED? ELECTION DAY Saturday, May 7, 2022 7am- 7pm Constitutional Amendment & Local Election ONLY THE FOLLOWING FIVE Election Day Vote Centers will be open: 1. Burnet County AgriLife 607 N. Vandeveer St., Burnet 78611 DIRECTIONS 2. Bertram Library 170 N. Gabriel St. Bertram 78605 DIRECTIONS 3. Briggs Community Center 215 Loop 308 Briggs 78608 DIRECTIONS 4. Granite Shoals Community Center 1208 N. Philips Ranch Rd. Granite Shoals 78654 DIRECTIONS 5. Marble Falls Courthouse Annex 810 Steve Hawkins Pkwy. Marble Falls 78654 DIRECTIONS Where to Vote! Election Day Vote Centers Burnet County has county wide polling locations known as Vote Centers. Registered voters in Burnet County may vote on election day at the nearest polling location that is open no matter where you live in the county. NOTICE OF VOTING ORDER PRIORITY You do not have to vote at your home precinct. Burnet County has 21 polling locations which are all Vote Centers. MAP OF ALL BURNET COUNTY POLLING LOCATIONS BE SURE TO CHECK FOR EACH LOCATION — POLLING LOCATIONS CHANGE DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF ELECTION. City of Burnet City of Bertram City of Cottonwood Shores City of Granite Shoals Kingsland MUD FIND ADDRESS OF POLLING LOCATION For more information on polling locations call 512.715.5288. VOTING MACHINES