Borger council calls election

The Borger City Council has officially called an election for this May.During its regular meeting Tuesday, the council approved an order and notice calling the 2012 General City Election. The election will be held for one spot on the Borger City Council, Place One. This place is currently held by council member Leon DeWeese.The election is set for May 12, 2012. Early voting for the election will take place from Monday, April 30-Friday, May 4 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and May 7-8 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at City Hall in Borger. Applications for ballots by mail must be received no later than the close of business May 4, 2012. These ballots are to be mailed to City Secretary Stella Sauls.On Election Day, Precinct 11 voters will cast ballots at Borger Middle School, Precincts 33 and 42 will cast ballots at Paul Belton Learning Center, and Precincts 14 and 23 will cast ballots at Fairlanes Baptist Church.The council also approved a 2012 Joint Election Agreement between the City of Borger, Borger Independent School District, Frank Phillips College, and the Hutchinson County Hospital District. Several years ago, the City of Borger began sharing resources with the other political entities in the city in order to facilitate voting at one place instead of four. An election can be canceled if each candidate for an office that is to appear on the ballot is unopposed. However, entities must wait until March 5, which is the last day for a write-in candidate to declare candidacy, before they can opt out of the election process.The cost of the election for each entity will be determined by the number of those participating. It can range from $2,600 to $10,000 or more. A resolution calling the 2012 Regular General City Election was also approved by the council. The City of Borger has purchased the election equipment at a cost of $35,897.40. The cost of the equipment will be shared over a five-year period with Borger ISD, FPC, and HCHD.. The city’s portion of the 2011 election shared with Borger ISD was $7,916.30.HCHD has officially called its election. Dr. Jock Lee, DVM, and Joe Mihm are current members of the board whose terms are up this spring. The FPC board of regents will approve its election order and joint election order at its regular meeting this month. The Borger ISD board is set to take action on calling an election at its regular board meeting this evening.