On November 3, 2020, the City of DeSoto will hold a General Election to elect a City Councilmember for Place 2 and a City Councilmember for Place 4. The candidates are as follows:
Candidates for Councilmember Place 2
Candidate for Councilmember Place 4
Andre Byrd, Sr.
In addition to the General Election, the City will hold a Special Election for the following Propositions:
Proposition A: The authorization for the abolition of the sales and use tax within the City of DeSoto for the promotion and development of new and expanded business enterprises pursuant to Section 504.251, Texas Local Government Code, as amended currently at the rate of 0.375 percent; and the adoption, in the place of such abolished tax, of local sales and use tax in the City of DeSoto at a rate of 0.375 percent to be used for the promotion and development of new and expanded business enterprises and all other public purposes pursuant to Section 505.251, Texas Local Government Code; all of which would result in no net increase in the sales and use tax collected by the City of DeSoto.
Additional information: A 0.375% local sales tax is currently collected in DeSoto to fund economic development programs that support primary job creation, known as a Type A sales tax. The City of DeSoto is asking voters to expand the list of economic development programs that can be funded with this local Type B sales tax to include primary job creation as well as projects considered to be community development initiatives such as land, buildings, equipment, facilities, expenditures, and improvements for professional and amateur sports facilities, park facilities and events, entertainment and tourist facilities as authorized by the Texas Local Government Code. The expanded use of sales tax is known as a Type B sales tax.
Proposition B: Shall Article II: Section 1 of the City Charter be amended to provide for the Mayor receiving compensation in the amount of $1,250.00 monthly and Council Members receiving compensation in the amount of $1,000 monthly for their duties effective January 1, 2021, and further requiring the Council to adopt in the Council Rules and Procedures a minimum attendance policy for such compensation.
Additional information: Annual financial impact is as follows:
- Mayor $20,000.00
- City Council $90,000.00
- Total Wages: $110,000.00
- Employer Share SS/MEDI $4,975.00
- Workers Comp $254.00
- Total Cost: $115,229.00
Proposition C: Shall Article II; Section 7 of the City Charter be amended to provide for the selection of the Mayor Pro Tem from among six (6) Councilmembers shall occur at the first regular meeting following either the general city election or run-off election if such occurs.
Early Voting by personal appearance will begin on October 13, 2020, through October 30, 2020, and be conducted at Disciple Central Community Church (DC3) located at 901 North Polk Street, Suite 101, DeSoto, Texas 75115.
On Election Day (November 3, 2020), the following Vote Center locations are available in the City of DeSoto (visit www.dallascountyvotes.org for all other Dallas County locations):
- Faith Bible Church – 1437 W. Pleasant Run Road (Gym)
- Ruby Young Elementary – 707 Young Blvd. (Gym)
- DC3 – 901 N. Polk Street, Suite 101 (Classroom 104)
- The Meadows Elementary – 1016 The Meadows Parkway (Gym)
- Cockrell Hill Elementary – 425 S. Cockrell Hill Road (Gym)
- DeSoto High School – 600 Eagle Drive (Gym)
- Belt Line Conference Center – 200 E. Belt Line Road (Conference Room)