Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hensarling speaking in Quitman

Notice for your Calendars
Majority Whip, U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling will be speaking
Tuesday, August 30 in Quitman. 
He will be talking and answering questions about the Budget deal,
and his role as Chairman of the Super 12 Committee.
Great opportunity, if you have the time!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
10:45 AM
Carroll Green Civic Center
602 S Mcallister St
 Quitman, TX

Located in Marshall TX

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Titus Co Tax Hikes Continue-Commissioners discuss 3 1/2 to 5 cent increase

Subject: Titus Co Tax Hikes Continue-Commissioners discuss 3 1/2 to 5 cent increase

The Titus Co Commissioners, like the MPISD, are falling short on budget funding because of Luminant's contested assessment of their value. The MPISD is forced to raise the tax rate because of state law mandating that they have the revenue to satisfy debt obligations. Now the Commissioners Court is discussing a 3 1/2 to 5 cent increase to compensate for lost revenue from Luminant. They are not mandated by state law to increase tax rates as the school districts are. It just depends on how dedicated they are to making significant budget cuts. Your voice matters on this issue!  Public hearings will be held because of the percent they are proposing to increase the tax rate, I will let you all know when and where.
I have attached a copy of my comments to the Commissioners this morning. The recent EPA mandates issued for Welsh Power Plant and Luminant were not given much consideration in my opinion until budget time rolled around and lo and behold there was a major shortfall. Spending has continued as usual despite the EPA announcing in the fall of 2010 that they would be supervising Texas air quality instead of state regulators. The writing has been on the wall for awhile that our tax base locally could crumble under obama epa regulations.
I have been on my soapbox FOREVER about the $168 million we are spending a a loop that was originally intended to alleviate Pilgrim truck traffic according to former city manager Courtney Sharp. Pilgrim's, now JBS, continues to downgrade local operations, recently cutting producers by one batch of chickens a year and according to producers that is their profit margin. Layoffs have continued at the local plants still in operation. Our tax dollars are being wasted on the loop just as they were wasted on the Industrial Park located just west of the County Extension Office that houses one metal building "industry". It has beautiful roads, curbed and guttered, all utilities available. The only thing it is lacking is tenants!
Have you ever noticed how city managers stay a few years, start a taxpayer funded project and move on to bigger and better jobs?  Current city manager Mike Ahrens has our new obsolete $3 million city library to feather his cap while Courtney Sharp left us with the wonderful $168 million dollar loop project.
I believe that the recession has hit Titus County government and we the taxpayers are the ones who will suffer. The attachment has another bit of info that you need to be aware of. The Titus Co Appraisal District has increased land values up to 38% for rural tracts over 20 acres. While this will not increase taxes for those with ag exemptions, keep in mind that qualifications for ag exemptions are being scrutinized by the appraisal district.
Barbara Bruechner, Mt. Pleasant Tea Party

Titus County Primary elections

Subject: Titus County Primary elections

Hello Friends,
The Republican Primary election will take place on March 6, 2012.  There will be a lot of interest in who is going to come out being the GOP nomination for U.S. President.  However, there is an equally big election on that day for Titus County too.
There are several elected positions up for election and I want you to seriously think about these.  You or someone you know may be the right person for the job.  Filing for these positions begins November 12 and ends December 12, 2011. 
I want to change the following Democrat office holders to Republican.  Here is a list of the positions which will be coming up for election. 
The office below file with the State  GOP or Democrat Parties.
S.B.O.E. -  Thomas Ratliff  (R)  Pending eligibility?
District Court #76 Judge  -  Danny Woodson  (R) 
District Attorney  -  Chuck Bailey  (D) 
The office below file with the Titus County  GOP or Democrat Chairman.
Sheriff  -  Tim Ingram  (D)
County Tax Assessor -  June Cook  (D)
Commissioner Pct #1  -  Don Boggs  (D)
Commissioner Pct #3  -  Philip Hinton  (D)
Constable Pct. #1, 3, 4  -  Chris Durant  (D)
Constable  Pct #2  -  Cleve Johnson  (D)
There are varying filing fees for each of these jobs.   Call me if you need that information.  The GOP Recruitment Committee will be meeting soon to interview candidates.  The compensation and benefits for these jobs are good for the right person.  Please call me if you are interested.  903-572-0653.
Sue Evenwel
Titus County Republican Party,