Grayson, Agan re-elected, voters pass bond
Monday, 04 June 2012 by Matthew Girard
Residents of Belton and the Belton Independent School District looked toward the future during Saturday's general election.
On Saturday, voters re-elected Mayor Jim Covington and city council members Marion Grayson and John Agan to two-year terms, and also approved a $60 million bond for the addition of three new schools.
Covington, who ran unopposed, received 412 votes and will served his last two-year term as Mayor. Two seats on the city council were up for election with incumbents Grayson and Agan running against Michael Ware. Agan received 431 votes and Grayson received 397 votes, while Ware received 211 votes.
Grayson said she was honored to be re-elected to the council and commended Ware on running for city council.
"The fact that somebody got involved in the process is great," Grayson said. "The fact that somebody else wanted to be on the council is good for our community."
Agan said he was thankful to the citizens of Belton.
"I appreciate the confidence of the citizens of Belton that voted for me," Agan said. "It's a privilege and I'm humbled by that. I look forward to the next two years as we continue to move Belton forward and carry out the plans that we have in place and build on what we have already got accomplished."
Although Agan said he also commended Ware for running, having himself and Grayson back on the council helps the continuity of the city council.
"There really is a learning curved involved in being on the city council and both of us having experience, I think we are ahead of the game," Agan said.
A total of 606 residents voted in this year's election with 256 of those voting early, 349 voting in person on election day and one curbside voter.
With 1,844 votes for, the BISD $60 million bond for the construction of two elementary schools and one middle school, while 1,564 voted against the action.
BISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon said the residents in the BISD school system understood the need for the nearly 400 new students per year to the district.
"We just want to say thank you to the entire BISD community for their support of this bond election," Kincannon said. "Three new schools will take care of our capacity needs at the elementary level, as well as, the secondary level.
"Our citizens understand the enrollment growth of the district and what those needs are. We were pleased that the community understood the needs."