Deadline March 11 to file in Bertram Mayoral race


By Catherine Hosman

BERTRAM — Citizens considering a run for Mayor of Bertram have until March 11 to apply for the special election on May 11.

Incumbent Mayor Dickie Allen is running to fill the unexpired term of mayor that began in November 2012 when Mayor Winette Morris moved out of the city. Allen was elected to city council in May 2011 and was mayor pro-tem at the time of his appointment to mayor.

Four candidates have stepped forward to fill the three alderman seats on the council that come to term this May during Bertram’s at-large elections. Running for seats are incumbents Glen Hopkins, Kim Klose and Patricia Turner. Retired peace officer and park ranger Christopher Simons, a three-year resident of Bertram has also filed.

Council members are elected at-large, meaning members are elected to represent the entire city as opposed to one district of the city. In an at-large election, the candidates with the highest votes are placed on the council in no specific order of seats.

Other items slated for the May ballot include a proposition establishing a Municipal Development District that would be funded by a one-quarter percent increase in the sales tax and the reauthorization of the sales tax for Street Maintenance Fund.

Although similar to the Economic Development Corp., an MDD is more flexible in how its money can be spent within the city to draw new commercial developments as well as benefit established businesses. The Street Sales Tax will bring in tax revenue for the maintenance and repair of municipal streets.