The town of Nolanville canceled its November city council election because there are no opposing candidates.
The city is, however, proposing a sales tax increase that requires a vote from residents.
Early voting begins October 18 and will last until October 29. Election day is November 2.
The ballot will show a street sales tax of 0.25%. City manager Kara Escajeda told the Herald that municipalities can impose the tax with voter approval every four years, as long as the combined local sales tax does not exceed 2%.
Escajeda said: “These funds are to be spent on street rehabilitation, preventive maintenance and repair and can also be used to build sidewalks.
The city classifies maintenance activities into three categories: (1) Reconstruction is planned after a road is about 20 years old. This is considered a life cycle replacement and is the most expensive remedy.
(2) Preservation consists of a variety such as fog, slurry and micro-surfacing.
(3) Sealing cracks and spot repairs are the least expensive, but should be done consistently for best results.
Road repairs are given priority when there is evidence of base failure or public safety is an issue.
Nolanville combines funds from street sales tax and operational public works funds to perform residential road preservation treatments every seven years. Approximately 3.5 linear miles of streets must be treated each year to meet the schedule.
This preventive maintenance activity is necessary to prolong the life of an asphalt street. Without a waterproofing coat every 8 to 10 years, the asphalt will oxidize, dry out and lose its flexibility.
This loss of flexibility results in cracks, water infiltration, potholes and failure of structural components of the platform.
The sealant can consist of several different types of material applicators, all designed to be quick and economical and to rejuvenate the existing asphalt wear surface.
The waterproofing coating can be used to rejuvenate heavily oxidized asphalt surfaces. Poly-Modified Masterseal (PMM) is the City of Nolanville’s preferred product.
Escajeda said: “The dedicated sales tax also helped fund repairs resulting from winter storm Uri. Other activities included using the funds to meet the twinning requirements of projects such as Old Nolanville Road and the Safe Routes to School project.
In addition to the sales tax issue, voters in Nolanville will also vote on eight proposed Texas Constitution amendments, as will voters across the state.
Nolanville City Manager Kara Escajeda contributed to this report.