Smith, Hicks win Katy City Council seats – both city bonds pass

By R. Hans Miller | News Editor
Posted 5/1/21

Gina Hicks has won the race for the Katy City Council Ward B seat against incumbent Jenifer Stockdick with just more than 62% of the votes in the race. In the Ward A race, Dan Smith has defeated …

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Smith, Hicks win Katy City Council seats – both city bonds pass

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Gina Hicks has won the race for the Katy City Council Ward B seat against incumbent Jenifer Stockdick with just more than 62% of the votes in the race. In the Ward A race, Dan Smith has defeated opponent Diane Walker with about 72% of voters marking their ballots in his favor. The city also passed both of its bond propositions which total out to $6 million.

“For my election and then really the bond elections as well, I think that the people of the city had their say and said it with a pretty loud voice,” Smith said. “So that makes me excited about my campaign that what I had to say resonated with voters and got people excited to turn out and vote and make a selection.”

In the city’s unofficial election results, Smith received 446 votes to Walker’s 172. Hicks pulled in 476 votes to Stockdick’s 291 out of 767 votes.

Both of the city’s bond propositions were passed by the city’s voters.

Proposition A, a $1.8 million bond, will be used to reimburse the city for repairs to Fire Station 1 at 1417 Ave. D in downtown Katy. The structure has a long history of mold contamination and roofing issues that the city is in the process of repairing. Additionally, Proposition A will provide the city with a means of building a training tower for the Katy Fire Department and an expansion to the city’s fleet maintenance facility. Improvements to Katy Police Department facilities may also be funded through Proposition A.

Proposition B, a $4.2 million bond, will allow the city to plan, design and construct a parks administration building, upgrade parks throughout the city, develop trails and paths that could improve walkability citywide, and supplement construction of all of those projects that are not included in the parks administration facility, according to City Planner Anas Garfaoui.

All updates and changes to the Katy City Charter which were on the ballot also appear to have passed. Details regarding those changes can be found on the city’s elections page, but generally the changes eliminate outdated verbiage or align the charter’s verbiage with state law.

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