There has been a lot of talk about boundaries lately —Georgetown ISD school boundaries, city council district boundaries and state legislative boundaries. It is no surprise that the census showed large growth numbers in Williamson County, and now leaders are trying to plan how boundaries will be set and how areas will be represented.
There are other big decisions that will be made soon, and we all get an equal voice in the outcome. The May election does not get the grand-scale attention of the November election, but it is a very important event. I heard Georgetown City Manager Paul Brandenburg speak recently about how much of our daily lives are determined by local decision makers. Examples include electricity, water, wastewater, roads, public safety, stoplights, stop signs and local tax rates.
Sometimes it feels like more people talk about and vote for “American Idol” contestants than vote for their local leaders. Georgetown, Hutto and Taylor have city leaders up for election, and those decisions have an impact on your pocketbook and your quality of life. Georgetown has a bond election that will affect the public safety resources and future options for the city, and Hutto has an election that will determine higher education availability for generations of local residents.
If you aren’t paying attention to what is going on locally, you are missing the opportunity to make your opinions count. I encourage you to study our election guide on Page 16, follow our coverage at www.impactnews.com and make sure to vote May 14.