Author: Pete Oppel

The Kyle Report: That Pesky Rollback Tax Thing

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. The rollback tax rate was instituted, I’m guessing (I researched the “why” of the rate and came up with nothing) to prevent taxing authorities from raising taxes exorbitantly high every time a new budget was due. If the taxing authority raises the rate above the rollback amount, the citizens could petition for an election during which voters could decide to...

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The Kyle Report: Mitchell Easily Wins Council Runoff

Challenger Travis Mitchell soundly defeated incumbent Diane Hervol Saturday collecting 58.6 percent of the vote in a runoff in which more residents voted than cast ballots in the original May election, although, still, only 7 percent of Kyle’s registered voters turned out. The May 7 election ended in a tie with each candidate receiving 510 votes. Hervol actually wound up with one less vote, 509, this time around. Mitchell was favored by 722 voters. Hervol is a two-term council member, having won her seat for the first time in 2010. Mitchell, making his first foray into politics, is the...

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The Kyle Report: Hervol-Mitchell Vote Still Tied After Recount, Council to Order Runoff for June 11

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. According to a Facebook posting from Kyle business owner Travis Mitchell, one of the two Place 1 City Council candidates whose race ended in a tie, and subsequently confirmed by a City official, a recount of that May 7 conducted today reaffirmed that tie vote which means the Council will be forced to proceed with an item on its agenda...

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The Kyle Report: City Charter, in its own way, Addresses Tie Vote

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. Let me state at the outset, I don’t expect this Place 1 City Council election between incumbent Diane Hervol and business owner Travis Mitchell to end in a tie. A recount of yesterday’s votes will be conducted and I have never, ever, in my lifetime seen a recount in which the results weren’t altered. Most of those times those alternations...

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The Kyle Report: Huge Financial Disparity Between Two City Council Races

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. Place 1 incumbent Diane Hervol and her challenger Travis Mitchell reported they had raised $3,755.81 in campaign contributions (most of that raised by Hervol) and had spent a combined $8,603.70 (most of that spent by Mitchell), while over in the Place 3 race incumbent Shane Arabie and challenger Randall Lloyd raised a grand total of $125 and spent $100, according...

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