LA MARQUE — Today is the final day of early voting in the La Marque school district tax ratification election.
By the close of polls Monday, only 1,017 people had voted, a turnout of 5.2 percent
According to the Galveston County Elections Division, 19,442 people are registered to vote in the election but as of Monday evening only 964 voters had cast ballots in person and 53 had done so by mail.
The school district is attempting to close an approximately $2.9 million budget gap. The district is asking voters to increase the tax rate for routine operations by 13 cents per $100 of assessed property value.
Those looking to vote early can still do so today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the city of La Marque Community Room at 1109 -B Bayou Road in La Marque.
Election Day is Saturday. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. also at the La Marque Community Room.
Campaigning for and against the increase is in full swing.
Two ministers who previously said they would only support the tax increase if La Marque Superintendent Ecomet Burley was removed have set aside their dislike of Burley and are campaigning for the increase.
“I’m not going to risk the legacy of this district for my own personal feelings,” said the Rev. James Daniels.
He and the Rev. D.N. Benford Sr. would be out this week urging people to vote, Daniels said.