Early voting begins October 18th and continues through October 29th. Election day is November 2nd.
Items on the Ballot for the City of Horseshoe Bay Special Election:
Proposition A) The City is proposing an increase of 0.25% in the sales tax rate. This will contribute to the City’s General Fund without increasing the property tax rate and will make our rate equal to most other cities. The ballot will show a 1.25% tax rate, but that is the total the rate will be after the election. The proposed increase is for only ¼ of a penny.
(Actual ballot language: The adoption of a local sales and use tax at the rate of one and one-fourth percent (1.25%). This will result in an increase of only 0.25% in the sales tax rate for the City of Horseshoe Bay.)
Proposition B) The reauthorization of the current 0.25% street maintenance tax that voters have approved every 4 years since 2009. The city is required to ask voters to reauthorize this ¼ cent tax every four years.
(Actual ballot language: The reauthorization of a local sales and use tax in the City of Horseshoe Bay at the rate of one-fourth of one percent (0.25%) to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets. The tax expires on the fourth anniversary of the date of this election unless the imposition of the tax is reauthorized.)
Early voting begins on October 18th and ends on October 29th. See main polling locations below:
HSB Citizens in Llano County: Horseshoe Bay City Hall, 1 Community Drive
HSB Citizens in Burnet County: Marble Falls Courthouse South Annex, 810 Steve Hawkins ParkwayHorseshoe Bay Ballot Items (this only shows the City of HSB portion of the overall election ballot)
Llano County Sample Ballot
Burnet County Sample Ballot
Notice of the November 2, 2021 General Election - The incumbent candidates were unopposed, so the general election has been cancelled. Elected to office: Mayor Cynthia Clinesmith and Council Members Frank Hosea and Randy Rives, for terms ending November 2023. (Click here for the Ordinance canceling the general election) Visit the Secretary of State's VoteTexas.gov website to make sure you can vote on election day! The last day you can register to vote in the November 2, 2021 election is October 4, 2021. If you aren't sure if you are registered, or what your precinct is, just visit the Secretary of State's website at VoteTexas.gov.
Are you registered to vote?
If you reside in Llano County, contact the Llano County Elections Office for voter information:
Cindy Ware, REO, Elections Administrator
1447 E. St. Hwy 71, Ste A
Llano, Texas 78643
If you reside in Burnet County, contact the Burnet County Elections Office for voter information:
Doug Ferguson, REO, Elections Administrator
106 W. Washington St.
Burnet, Texas 78611
Interested in Running for Office? Visit the Secretary of State’s website for candidates to learn more about the process. Candidate packets for the 2021 election are available at the bottom of this page and at Horseshoe Bay City Hall (1 Community Drive), or by clicking here: 2021 Candidate Packet
City of Horseshoe Bay Elections
General Elections for the City of Horseshoe Bay are held in November each year. Mayor and two Council Member seats are elected in odd years, and three Council Member seats are elected in even years. Texas Election laws limit the role of the City and the City Secretary’s Office to providing public notices related to the Election and accepting and filing the candidate application with the applicable County Elections Administrator. Questions regarding election laws and procedures, including how to run for office, are to be directed to the Secretary of State at 512-463-5650 or you may visit their website at www.sos.state.tx.us. Questions regarding campaign finances, reporting procedures, and contributions or expenditures related to elections are to be directed to the Texas Ethics Commission at 512-463-5800 or you may visit their website at www.ethics.state.tx.us. The City of Horseshoe Bay follows the Texas Election Code laws for elections, with the specific qualifications for candidates as listed below.
The first day to file for a place on the ballot for the November 2, 2021 General Election is July 17, 2021. The last day to file for a place on the ballot for the November 2, 2021 General Election is August 16, 2021 at 5:00pm. By law, applications cannot be accepted prior to July 17th or after 5:00pm on August 16th.
The following individuals have applied for a place on the ballot (listed in order by the date/time the application was received by the City Secretary):
Randy Rives (for the position of Council Member)
Frank Hosea (for the position of Council Member)
Cynthia Clinesmith (for the position of Mayor)
The deadline to register to vote in the November 2, 2021 election is October 4, 2021. Early voting begins on October 18, 2021 and ends on October 29, 2021. Voting/Polling locations, dates, and times are available on your respective County websites. For Llano County residents, click here: LLANO COUNTY For Burnet County residents, click here: BURNET COUNTY
If you are interested in running for City Council in the future, please visit the Texas Secretary of State’s website for: information on how to run for office, deadlines, an application for a place on the ballot and all other required forms, legal requirements, financial reporting regulations, and other election information. You may also find this brochure from the Texas Municipal League called A Guide to Becoming a City Official, a useful resource.
Qualifications for City Council Candidates:
1) Must be a United States citizen;
2) Must be 18 years of age or older on the date of filing;
3) Must have not been determined by a final judgement of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be:
a) totally mentally incapacitated; or
b) partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
4) Must have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;
5) Shall have resided continuously in the City of Horseshoe Bay not less than twelve (12) months immediately preceding election day;
6) Must be a registered voter of the City of Horseshoe Bay as of the filing deadline;
7) Must satisfy/meet any other requirements prescribed by law and the Texas Election Code.
Candidates may file an application for a place on the ballot for the Mayor or Council Member place, not both. If elected, each Council Member and the Mayor must continually reside within the city limits during their term of office, and any removal of their residence from the city limits during their term of office shall constitute a vacancy in their office, and such vacancy shall be filled as provided by Section 3.05 of the City Charter.
Click HERE for a packet of information for potential candidates, which includes information and forms that may be helpful for those interested in running for office. Please see the additional resources at the bottom of this page.
Click HERE to find important election dates for the years 2020-2022 on the Texas Secretary of State’s website.
Click HERE for important information about the November 2, 2021 Election.
2020 Election Related Documents and Notices
- 2021 Notice of Filing Deadline - July 17th - August 16th
- 2021 Candidate Packet
- Application for a Place on the Ballot
- Campaign Finance Guide
- Notice of Drawing for a Place on the Ballot - August 23, 2021
- A Guide to Becoming a City Official
- Handbook for Mayors and Council Members
- Key Legal Requirements for Texas City Officials
- Understanding Your Personal Liability as a City Official
- Notice of Voting Order Priority.pdf