Who We Are

This group of determined Bell County residents was formed to end the practice of unilateral (forced) annexation under Texas State Law, Chapter 43, Texas Local government code. 

MISSION

The mission of Empower Bell County Texans is to give a voice to Texans who object to laws that give elected officials in municipal government organizations more constitutional rights than the voters who elected them to office.

VISION

To form partnerships at all levels (city, county, and state) that protect the constitutional rights of Bell County residents and create solutions to preserve our heritage and develop our community.
 

ORGANIZATIONAL GOAL

2018 GOAL:  Collect 20,000 registered voter signatures to petition the Bell County Commissioners to add a ballot measure for the November 6, 2018 election to END FORCED ANNEXATION IN BELL COUNTY, TEXAS!


 

Four Key Things You Can Do to Help

1. Get the word out

  • Write your elected officials, local media outlets, request public records and inform your neighbor.
  • Request to delay or cancel the 2017 Annexation Plan.
  • Ethical Issues Regarding the Notification of Affected Residents (including, but not limited to verification that all residents were notified in a language they could understand including elderly and Spanish speaking neighbors), City of Belton rushing the timeline to beat the new law going into effect on 1 December 2017, less than two weeks for residents provided Development Agreements to review and sign. 
  • Growth Study & 2030 Strategic Plan based on flawed assumptions:  availability of utilities, population studies, Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) agreements with surrounding cities, annexation map errors (coding Homestead Exemption Properties as Agricultural Exemption Properties). 
  • Belton track record in previous annexation efforts:  2016 Annexation, 2011 Dis-Annexation, 2009 Annexation, 2004 Annexation
  • Belton track record for municipal services to current residents:  roads, bridges, utilities, EMS, poorly constructed water line and fire hydrants, etc.


  • RECOMMENDED OUTREACH LIST:

  1. Attorney General Ken Paxton, Office of the Attorney General, PO Box 12548, Austin, TX 78711-2548, (512) 463-2100
  2. Senator Dawn Buckingham, 410 N. Main, Belton, TX 76513, (254) 939-3854
  3. Rep. Scott Cosper, 2916 Illinois Ave, Killeen, TX 76543, 254-680-5568
  4. Rep. Hugh Shine, 4 South 1st Street, Temple, TX 76501, 512-463-0630
  5. Bell County Commissioners, http://www.bellcountytx.com/county_government/commissioners_court/index.php
  6. Belton City Council Members, http://www.beltontexas.gov/government/city_council/index.php
  7. County and State Agencies involved in inspection, licensing, and regulation of water, sewer, electricity, fire and safety regulation for municipalities like the City of Belton
  8. Media Outlets:  Temple Daily Telegram, Killeen Daily Herald, Belton Journ

2. Volunteer

Assist in collecting petition signatures and seeking partner businesses to host petition binders for a county wide vote in November 2018.  Petitions are being printed by Bell County Clerks Office and should be available in early December 2017.

3. Show support

Attend city council and support group meetings.  See the Upcoming Events at the bottom of the page.

4. Elections and Candidates

  • Recruit eligible Bell County residents to run for Belton City Council or Mayor.
  • Next Election:  May 6, 2018
  • Candidate Filing Deadline:  No later than 5:00 p.m. 45 days before election day

Educate Yourself

Get Involved

Our current fight against annexation in the area South of Belton is just the beginning.  Other Bell County residents are at risk too.

Annexation without Representation

Belton Land Grab


Contact Your Representatives




Upcoming Events

Empower Bell County Texans Petition Kick-Off Event

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 5:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, Yetti Polk Park, 101 West Avenue A, Belton, TX  76513

Empower Bell County Texans Meeting & Petition Signing Event

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., at the Salado Public Library, 1151 N. Main Street, Salado, TX  76571