Como chooses new mayor; Cumby voters sales tax hike
By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor
May 12, 2008 - Voters in Como and Cumby Saturday cast ballots for their choices for city officers, and approved two propositions in Cumby.
In Cumby, Jeff Strickland will again serve as mayor and Travis Baxley will fill the Place 2 city council seat. Both men ran unopposed, with Strickland garnering 116 votes and Baxley 105.
In another Cumby city council election, Leon Higginbotham defeated Thomas Jenkins for Place 1. Higginbotham received a total of 107 votes and Jenkins 27 votes.
Voters also in Saturday's election approved Propositions 1 and 2, with each receiving 103 votes for and 18 against the proposals.
Proposition 1 allows for the reauthorization of local sales tax in the amount of 0.25 of 1 percent to provide revenue for street repairs. Proposition 2, for the same amount, will allow for reduction of city property taxes, according to officials at City Hall. Those results will be canvassed at the next meeting.
Como resident selected a new mayor Saturday. James Carroll defeated Donald Meeks in what city officials called a "close" race. City officials, because the figures are so close and the results will be unofficial until canvassed during Tuesday night's city commission meeting, declined to release the vote totals Monday morning.