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February 12, 2014

MEET THE CANDIDATES: The race for Parker County Judge

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But this is exactly what happens in an election year. My opponent doesn’t want any bad press; this is pure politics, and it is not transparency. The people and the press should be outraged by these moves. This is, after all, the citizens court.

My predictions for the coming fiscal year are that the current $1.3 million deficit will become far worse especially based upon all of the snow and ice we have experienced this year in Parker County. This deficit will be much, much larger. This all goes back to poor management, poor budgeting and poor leadership. What do you expect from a court that rarely meets throughout the entire year on budget matters?

Do you have any strategies to limit tax increases as the county grows? If so, what are they?

As the county grows, new properties and improvements are added to the tax roll. Our county government should not expand faster than the increase in tax revenue that growth allows. Poor budget management has led to general fund tax increases in seven of the last 10 years.

The county judge is the budget manager and submits his proposed budget. Continually submitting a budget that requires a tax hike to fund it and not holding budget meetings with Commissioners Court until a couple of weeks before the deadline is not the way it should be done. I will work closely with all elected officials and department heads to provide the best services as efficiently and economically as possible. But this takes time and teamwork – something that has been sorely lacking for two decades.

What are the duties and responsibilities of the county judge?

The county judge should lead our county with principled vision. I will represent ALL citizens. I will consistently provide truthful, clear, inclusive leadership. Since the specific duties are numerous, here is a good link for those who would be interested: http://vgyi.tamu.edu/files/2011/09/County-Judge-1.pdf.

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