Texas Water Code
Sec. § 49.102
Confirmation and Director Election


(a)

Before issuing any bonds or other obligations, an election shall be held within the boundaries of the proposed district on a uniform election date provided by Section 41.001 (Uniform Election Dates), Election Code, to determine if the proposed district shall be established and, if the directors of the district are required by law to be elected, to elect permanent directors.

(b)

Notice of a confirmation or director election shall state the day and place or places for holding the election, the propositions to be voted on, and, if applicable, the number of directors to be voted on.

(c)

The ballots for a confirmation election shall be printed to provide for voting “For District” and “Against District.” Ballots for a directors election shall provide the names of the persons appointed by the governing body who qualified and are serving as temporary directors at the time the election is called. If the district has received an application by a write-in candidate, the ballots shall also have blank places after the names of the temporary directors in which a voter may write the names of any candidates appearing on the list of write-in candidates required by Section 146.031 (List of Write-in Candidates), Election Code.

(d)

Immediately after the confirmation and director election, the presiding judge shall take returns of the results to the temporary board. The temporary board shall canvass the returns and declare the results at the earliest practicable time.

(e)

If a majority of the votes cast in the election favor the creation of the district, then the temporary board shall declare that the district is created and enter the result in its minutes. If a majority of the votes cast in the election are against the creation of the district, the temporary board shall declare that the district was defeated and enter the result in its minutes. A copy of the order shall be filed with the commission not later than the 30th day after the date of the election.

(f)

The order canvassing the results of the confirmation election shall contain a description of the district’s boundaries and shall be filed with the executive director and in the deed records of the county or counties in which the district is located not later than the 30th day after the date of the election.

(g)

The temporary board shall also declare the persons receiving the highest number of votes for directors to have been elected as permanent directors.

(h)

Unless otherwise agreed, the elected directors shall decide the initial terms of office by lot, with a simple majority of the elected directors serving until the second succeeding directors election and the remaining elected directors serving until the next directors election.

(i)

A district, at an election required under Subsection (a), may submit to the qualified voters of the district the proposition of whether a plan as authorized by Section 49.351 (Fire Departments) should be implemented or entered into by the district.

(j)

The provisions of this section shall not be applicable to any district exercising the powers of Chapter 375 (Municipal Management Districts in General), Local Government Code, or any district created by a special Act of the legislature that does not require a confirmation election.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 715, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1423, Sec. 4, eff. June 17, 2001.
Amended by:
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 105 (S.B. 902), Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2013.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 608 (S.B. 911), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2019.
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