Kerr County voters rejected a plan to upgrade the courthouse and the Hill Country Youth Event Center, but they said yes to a $5 million animal shelter on Tuesday night.
Voters overwhelmingly rejected Prop. A and Prop. B, but Prop. C passed by about 10 points. It was a validating moment for Kerrville Pets Alive, which had supporters at the polls throughout the election.
The defeat, however, will leave Kerr County commissioners with the challenge of resolving their unfunded mandates to improve the county's jury room. The state requires counties with six jurors to move to 12, but won't pay for it.
Kerr County's plan, three years in the making, was to spend hundreds of dollars on security upgrades to the courthouse and relocate the tax office to a church just north of the courthouse campus on Earl Garrett Street.
However, voters were unconvinced by the need and rejected Prop. A by 17% points — 58%-41%. They were also unconvinced by the plea for improvements to the agriculture barn at the Hill Country Youth Event Center. Voters said no by 15% points — 57%-42%.
In Precinct 4, voters re-elected William Ragsdale as the Justice of the Peace. Ragsdale defeated write-in candidate Dwight Snider.