Houston-area voters handed a victory to Mayor Sylvester Turner as his $1 billion pension bond referendum passed, securing the mayor’s landmark reform package. The propositions, which carried decades-long implications for the city’s financial health, will now infuse $750 million into the police pension and $250 million into the municipal workers’ pension to improve their funding levels and lower Houston’s annual payment into its pension funds.
Voters headed to the polls to decide seven state propositions, city council races in Baytown, Bellaire and Missouri City, as well as billions in city and school bonds and trustee races for school districts and community colleges.
Another closely watched race saw Houston ISD incumbent board members hanging on to their seat.
Six of Houston ISD’s nine Board of Trustees seats were up for election as the district faces a possible state takeover, a years-long storm recovery process and a strained budget. All six board members, including chair Wanda Adams, held onto their seat.
Harris County, home to 2.2 million registered voters, recorded just shy of 59,000 early and absentee votes, and political scientists predicted a comparably anemic turnout on Election Day.