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Citizens launch petition against county debt

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Wilson County News
July 3, 2013, 2:14pm
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Wilson County citizens concerned about the county government’s plan to issue certificates of obligation for courthouse repairs and other capital projects have started a petition drive.

Mike Abbott of Sutherland Springs has taken the lead in circulating a petition to put to the ballot the proposed $8.5 million in certificates of obligation. The funds would finance courthouse restoration and renovation, renovations and construction of Courthouse Annex No. 3, and library renovations, among other items.

According to the petition organizers, “This is not a petition against the repair of our courthouse or against any of the issues that the county cites for this debt, but rather, a petition that will allow the voters to decide. ... If this goes unchallenged, it will be the largest debt instrument ever issued by any government in Wilson County without voter approval.”

Poth Mayor Travis Pruski supports the petition drive.

“I don’t think the government -- city, county, or federal -- should ever go into debt,” Pruski said. “If this is the only way to stop it [the certificates of obligation], then we will.” Pruski addressed the commissioners June 24, urging the county to pursue other means of financing the projects.

The Wilson County Commissioners Court, however, voted 4-1 to approve moving forward with the debt. Pct. 1 Commissioner Albert Gamez cast the dissenting vote. (See “County one step closer to issuing $8.5M in debt,” June 26.)

For more information about the petition, contact Mike Abbott at 210-844-8108 or

Your Opinions and Comments

July 9, 2013 7:23pm
Why don't you set up some tables on the courthouse lawn in Floresville this weekend? Also somewhere in Poth?

July 9, 2013 6:07pm
I'll be at the Valero off of Hwy 181 and FM 775 Thursday @ 6:30 pm. Please make it a point to come out and sign if you are in the area. Again if anyone would like to help circulate the petitions please feel free to. Email ... More ›

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
July 9, 2013 3:07pm
Please announce the locations when someone will be available with the petitions. I understand that these are not just dropped off and left in offices because every signature must be witnessed by the one collecting the signatures. ... More ›

Richard Martinez  
Floresville, TX  
July 9, 2013 2:44pm
Where does a person go to sign the petition in Floresville?

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
July 9, 2013 2:28pm
Well so where do the people in Poth go to sign the petition, now that flake boy has left town? Hate to see the petition fail because of flake like him.

Ken Semlinger  
Poth, TX  
July 9, 2013 1:52pm
Mike, I went by city hall in Poth today to sign the petition. The city secretary, Rose, said she "did not know what you all are talking about". Apparently others had been there before me. I told her that the mayor, ... More ›

July 8, 2013 6:56pm
It is so great to see all of the comments that have been made about this issue and getting something done. We have learned our lessons from the city, let's make sure the county doesn't try to do the same. LET THE VOTER'S DECIDE!

Jesse Berlanga  
Floresville, TX  
July 8, 2013 5:40pm
Thank you Mr Gibbs.

William J. Gibbs Jr.  
July 8, 2013 4:55pm
Jesse, go Wilson County Voter Registrar Olga Marrero. Her office is in Wilson County Courthouse Annex III (corner of Fourth and Railroad in Floresville). The phone number is 830-393-7380.

Jesse Berlanga  
Floresville, TX  
July 8, 2013 4:44pm
BSP, Thursday is good for me. I don't know where my voter ID card is, would you or anyone know how I can go about getting it. Thanks

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