Early voting ends today, November 2. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 6 and for Leon Valley voters the fate of the Crime Control District rests with their decision.
The Crime Control District was started five years ago, November 5, 2013 when voters approved the dedication of an 1/8 of a percent sales and use tax increase to fund the program.
This tax is part of the statewide sales and use tax people pay when they purchase goods and some services in the State of Texas. The tax raises an estimated $273,000 a year.
Money raised by this tax must be used to provide crime control and prevention within the city limits of Leon Valley. The money collected allows the City of Leon Valley to employ 4 additional police officers to patrol the city.
The officers hired under this program are a vital part of the mission of providing our citizens the customer service and fast response that you currently experience. In addition, these officers provide homeowners and businesses free crime prevention surveys, citizen training on active shooter programs, and develop plans to combat and investigate crimes in our community.
This is not a new tax or a tax increase as voters in Leon Valley approved this program in 2013 and on Tuesday evening voters will determine if the program will continue.
For every $100 you currently spend at a store in Leon Valley on taxable goods and services, approximately thirteen cents (.13) goes toward crime control programs in Leon Valley.
On election day, November 6, voters must place their ballots in their voting precincts.
If you are unsure of your voting precincts, you may log onto the Bexar County voter website https://www.bexar.org/1568/Elections-Department to locate your precinct.