A total of $219.7 million for transportation and street improvements in Fort Worth.
A historic $663.1 million school bond package for the Arlington Independent School District.
The renewal of the Fort Worth Crime Control and Prevention tax.
School board trustees and city council and mayoral elections in Fort Worth, Arlington and cities and districts across Texas.
A lot is at stake Saturday when more than 100 races, bond and tax issues will be in the hands of area voters.
Yes, that vague feeling of déjà vu is understandable.
Statewide party primaries where Texans began deciding representatives in Austin and Washington, D.C., were barely nine weeks ago.
And runoffs in those partisan races will begin May 19, week after next, and end May 27. Mark your calendars.
While another trip to the polling place Saturday may seem tedious, rest assured that it is worth your time and effort — in any election cycle — but in this one in particular, with hundreds of millions of dollars and the future direction of local governments and school boards in the mix.
For some local residents, exercising the vote this Saturday may require an extra step or an extra mile. Voters in some cities or districts that cross county lines (Burleson, Azle, Mansfield, Reno, Aledo schools and Godley schools, for example) may have to cast municipal election ballots and school board ballots in different locations. Be sure to check your precinct location before you leave to vote.
In Tarrant County, you can verify your precinct by calling 817-831-8683, or going online at tarrantcounty.com/elections.
The Star-Telegram has reported extensively on the upcoming elections; prepared a voter guide; published letters from citizens in support of and in opposition to candidates; and made its own editorial recommendations on several of the largest races and issues.
But just this week, chief deputy elections administrator for Tarrant County Stephen Vickers said he expected voter turnout to be only around 7 percent.
Texans can do better than that.
Rutherford B. Hayes, one of the lesser-known occupants of the White House, had this advice to offer when it comes to voting: “To vote is like the payment of a debt, a duty never to be neglected, if its performance is possible.”
Make it possible this Saturday.