Early voting continues in Silsbee with the Silsbee ISD bond proposal and a City of Silsbee proposition to allow for mixed drink sells at restaurants.
The widely publicized bond proposal for Silsbee ISD has overshadowed the city’s proposition that was put on the November ballot after signatures were gathered by Petition Strategies from Arlington, TX.
The city’s proposition will allow for the sell of drinks to eateries that currently hold a food and beverage certificate.
Chili’s restaurant hired the company Petition Strategies to help gather signatures to have the proposition to be allowed on the November ballot.
A deadline was set for signatures in July and the company gathered more than 950 signatures. The city verified 706 of the signatures, which was enough to add the proposition.
Silsbee city council voted unanimously to add the proposition in an August meeting.
If the proposition passes, only establishments with a current food and beverage certificate may apply for a mixed beverage license.
John Hatch of Petition Strategies said that Silsbee is considered a “wet” community but that liquor by the drink is not allowed. According to the law, a business must have a full menu, and food offered at all times to be eligible for an upgrade to its license.
Currently, Chili’s restaurant pays for a membership license in order to sell mixed drinks to its patrons.
The Silsbee ISD $29.9 million bond proposal will give the district a new elementary school if passed by voters.
The attempt by Silsbee ISD comes after a poor showing of voters in its last election in May that failed by 13 votes.
Early voting for the Silsbee ISD bond proposal will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Silsbee ISD administration building on Hwy. 327 each weekday through Nov. 1. Also, voting opportunities will be held at Kirby Elementary on Oct. 24 from 5:30-8 p.m. and at Read-Turrentine Elementary on Oct. 29 from 5:30-8 p.m. The Nov. 5 election day for Silsbee ISD will be at the First Assembly of God Church from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The city will be holding early voting through Nov. 1 at Silsbee City hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday. The Nov. 5 election for the city proposition will be held at Silsbee Community Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.