Commissioners Court meetings still not televised

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Update: It was due to no fault of Commissioners Court that I was unable to navigate the new Parker County Government website well enough to locate Commissioners Court Minutes. They are there for public viewing. Thank you County Judge Mark Riley for following through on your commitment to make county government as transparent as possible.

However…

Taxpayers are STILL waiting for Commissioners Court to televise their meetings like so many other counties across Texas are doing.

Why not? Is it because we lack the intellectual capacity, the technical skills, or the money? I think not! I believe it is no more complicated than getting signatures on a contract!

Question: What is the maximum effect range of an excuse!

Enough  excuses…we expect results!

 

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by Lenny Leatherman –

Another four years have passed and Commissioners Court (CC) meetings are still not televised…WHY?

It cannot be because it would be too expensive. County employees spend more driving County owned vehicles to and from their homes in one year than it would cost to televise all CC meetings.

So…why aren’t CC meetings televised? Is it because some on the court are “not ready for prime time”? We wouldn’t want the voters to see how ‘qualified’ some of our elected representatives really are, and how business is actually conducted – would we?

Does anyone know how much we spent getting the County website online, and how much it costs to maintain it annually? Actually, I think it is quite impressive.  Unfortunately, it will never be any better than the data that is entered…. or not entered.

Speaking of data entry – Has anyone been able to find ANY Commissioners Court minutes on the county website? Meetings not televised and minutes not posted on the website? WHY

Are we trying to minimize exposure of the court to the voters? Sure looks that way.

Many Counties across Texas televise their Commissioners Court meetings so taxpayers can see how their taxes are being spent and to enable voters to stay informed on the activities of their elected officials.

Why not Parker County?

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2 responses

  1. All very good questions Lenny, would love to hear from Judge Riley in response to your question.

  2. Surely you jest, Jack. A straight answer from a Parker County Official? They brag about “Transparency in Government”, and hide everything they can. There is a very good reason for that. Several, as a matter of fact. Property appraisals being lowered by $100K and more, new ag exemption on acreage measuring 0.441 acres. Who is kidding who??
    Someone is either very stupid or very crooked, and I intend to find out which.
    Jack Cavenah

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