It is with great excitement and anticipation that I look forward to beginning 2010. I have been honored to serve as your County Judge for eleven years. As I enter the final year of my term, it is also the beginning of campaign season. The Republican Primary is March 2, 2010.
During my service as judge, Parker County has experienced explosive growth. The single most important issue facing the county has been transportation. In early 2008, we employed the services of an engineering firm to develop a transportation plan. By August of that year, after meeting for many hours with citizens, school districts and cities, the plan was a reality. In November 2008, the voters overwhelmingly approved the bond election.
As a member of the Regional Transportation Council (RTC), I am pleased that Parker County received additional funding in the amount of $13 million from the RTC to enhance what the voters authorized.This money is not a loan. Work began seven months after the election. Some projects are complete, others continue to move forward. While road construction is inconvenient and never moves quickly enough, the pace at which this project has moved is considered unprecedented by many professionals. We have created a partnership with TXDOT, the RTC, cities and school districts and that has been important to our success.
Our engineering firm and I have personally met with the Federal Highway Administration in Washington to inform them of our projects that will connect to the Federal Highway System. That meeting will be important when we have to discuss environmental issues and other matters involved in connecting with the highways.
Your tax dollars are always a concern of mine. My budgets have been prudent, conservative and responsible. Parker County was recently recognized by the Texas State Comptroller for being one of two counties (there are 254) that have met the criteria for a “Gold Star” award for transparency in government. Our bond rating has been upgraded to a AA-. That upgrade will save taxpayers over $600,000.00 in interest on the transportation bond.
There are many other positive things that we have accomplished. I want to invite you to contact me by email, by regular mail at the address below, or by phone, 817-584-8902 if you have any questions or comments.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message. Your past support and future support is appreciated.
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