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By John E. (Jack) Cavenah Sr.

Wasting your money...

Wasting your money…

Our local school systems are financed through the collection of property taxes on the basis of Value as appraised by the Parker County Appraisal District (PCAD).  The same is true of our county roads, community colleges, regional hospital districts, EMS districts, volunteer fire departments in the form of subsidies, and many other services too numerous to mention here.  This is not cheap as you very well know each time you look at your appraisal and write the check for the payment of the taxes on your property.

Why then would the PCAD Chief Appraiser allow an agricultural exemption to be “passed” from one owner to another when property changes ownership? (in direct violation of state mandated guidelines)  This causes Parker County to lose millions of dollars in lost revenue each and every year. This Chief appraiser also has granted appraisal reductions amounting to many millions of dollars in lost revenue, at a time when according to Texas State Property Publications indicate property in Parker and surrounding counties is increasing in value at a rate far surpassing the rest of the state. See link below.

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Guest ed: Brinkley supports County Judge Mark Riley

by Joe Brinkley, Commissioner, Precinct 2

First appeared in Weatherford Telegram

Posted Monday, Feb. 22, 2010


Occasionally in this life we meet someone who consistently believes their individual wisdom is greater than the wisdom of the whole.

Fortunately, this happens only occasionally. My fellow Commissioner John Roth of Precinct 3 used this space last week in an attempt to convince Parker County residents that he alone knows what is best for you, the taxpayer.

Considering this, I would like to summarize for you some, but not all, of the positive actions of Parker County Government under the leadership of County Judge Mark Riley.

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Candidates for County Judge respond to questions

Published by The Community News

Submitted by Lori Cope on Fri, 02/12/2010 – 13:40

Two people are seeking the County Judge for Parker County position: Cary McKay and Mark Riley. Both are on the Republican ticket.

[Photo of McKay not available] McKay is a small business owner. Previous jobs that will assist in the position of county judge include being a business owner and real estate professional, and a business intern for Chick-Fil-A corporate.

Riley is the incumbent in the race. He has served as Parker County Judge for 11 years and Precinct 4 Commissioner from 1987-1994 and did not seek re-election. He was President of Weatherford Chamber of Commerce when elected County Judge in 1998. “I have extensive Judicial training and preside over Probate Court including guardianships and mental competency hearings. My background before holding elected office was in media,” he said.

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Commissioners court seeks esd No. 3 board applicants

Parker County Judge’s office

County Judge Mark Riley

Parker County’s Commissioners Court is seeking applicants from within the boundaries of Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 3 to fill a vacated seat on the board.

ESD 3 encompasses the Hudson Oaks area, just east of Weatherford.

Any person interested, who qualifies can submit a resume and brief cover letter explaining why they have interest in serving to Parker County Judge Mark Riley at esdresumes@gmail.com or by mail at One Courthouse Sq., Weatherford, Texas 76086.

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County Judge Mark Riley makes County Government totally transparent

Kudos to County Judge Mark Riley for following through with his commitment to make County Government totally transparent to all Parker County citizens.

You can now go to  http://www.co.parker.tx.us/ips/cms and examine the official 2009-2010 Adopted Budget, 2008 Certified Annual Financial Report, Check Register and Budget Charts.

Thanks to the persistent efforts of County Judge Mark Riley, you can now read Commissioners Court’s agenda and minutes.  You can now follow the actual weekly activities of Commissioners Court, and see how your own Commissioner voted on issues that may be of interest to you.

Thank you Judge Riley, for keep your promise to make County Government totally transparent!

County Judge summarizes accomplishments and looks forward to 2010

To Parker County Citizens:
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.