Amarillo voters face petitions at early voting

Early voting began Monday, April 29 for Amarillo voters. Early voting will continue until May 3rd, from 8 a.m. to 5 Amarillo City Hall.

On the way way into polling locations some voters were met with opposition from petitioners.

Amarillo petitioner William Summerford was vying for signatures for petitions against city ordinances.

"First is the drainage fee petition, it's double taxation. The city added it to the monthly water bill last October and it's also on their annual property tax," said Summerford.

Summerford also asked for residents to consider a petition against the 40% growth of Amarillo City Government, in terms of city employment and budget.

"The second petition is to limit that growth to the economy of Amarillo. If they want more money than that, you're and my vote is required," said Summerford.

Petitions must follow certain rules to be considered for city commissioner approval.

"5 people have to sign a petition saying they would like to start one, and then they go out and get signatures, after they've turned it in," said Amarillo City Secretary Frances Hibbs.

Once signatures are verified, petitions must contain 25% of the number of voters in 2011, in signatures.

"Any petitions that they wanted, they would need 3920 signatures," said Hobbs. "Signatures on a petition are only valid for 180 days, so they start dropping off after they're 180 days old."

I f requirements are met, the petition forces the city commission to consider removing the ordinance, or call for a special election.

"If they have enough votes they we have to have a special election and it generally costs the same amount as it would cost for any regular election , " said Hibbs.

Early voting locations and times for the Amarillo city, Amarillo College and Amarillo Independent School District bond elections are as follows (not all locations will have ballots for all elections based on varying boundaries):

Randall County Annex

4111 S. Georgia St .

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday through Friday)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (May 6 and 7)

Amarillo City Hall

509 S.E. Seventh Ave., Room 305

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday through Friday)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (May 6 and 7)

Randall County Justice Center

2309 Russell Long Blvd., Suite 100, Canyon

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday through Friday)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (May 6 and 7)

There will be no weekend voting locations.

Locations and times for other school district elections are as follows:

Bushland Independent School District Administration Building

2300 Wells St., Bushland

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ( Monday through Friday )

M ay 6 and 7

Highland Park Independent School District Administration Building

15300 E. Amarillo Blvd.

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Monday through Friday)

May 6 and 7

River Road Independent School District Administration Building

9500 U.S. Highway 287 Nort h

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Monday through Friday)

May 6 and 7