WIMBERLEY — Accountant Steve Thurber handily won election as Wimberley mayor on Saturday, taking nearly 50 percent of the vote in a three-way race against two of his fellow city council members.
Thurber received 411 votes, about 49.6 percent, to Wimberley Café owner Hershel “Mac” McCullough’s 223 votes, 28.9 percent. Council member Tom Talcott, program manager for a U.S. Air Force missile squadron, came in last with 195 votes, about 23.5 percent.
The section of the Texas Government Code governing general rule cities does not require the winner to take more than 50 percent of the vote. Consequently, Thurber won the election outright without the need for a runoff, despite falling four votes short of a majority.
“We have a plurality-based vote. There’s not going to be a runoff,” city manager Don Ferguson said.
Village voters resoundingly rejected a proposition to borrow $2.85 million to pay for street repairs and a drainage study. Residents rejected the sell of bonds by a nearly three-to-one margin with 208 votes cast in favor and 616 votes cast against.
To repay the 20-year note, the city would have levied its first property tax, estimated at four cents per $100 in property value. Since its incorporation in 2000, the tiny municipal government has subsisted primarily on tourist-generated sales and hotel occupancy taxes.
Also on Saturday, voters chose small business owner Cindy Anderson to fill the at-large council seat being vacated by McCullough and photographer Pam Showalter to fill the seat being vacated by Thurber.
CORRECTION: This story originally stated inaccurately that Thurber and McCullough would compete in a runoff.
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