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Section A: General News


Citizens succeed with petition on county debt




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Wilson County News
August 14, 2013 | 2,399 views | 17 comments

The Wilson County Commissioners Court’s march toward the issuance of $8.5 million in certificates of obligation has hit a snag, as a petition calling for a special election was filed Aug. 8. The county’s Voter Registrar Olga Marrero was able to certify 1,406 signatures -- 22 more than the minimum 1,384 that was required -- prior to the commissioners accepting the petition at their Aug. 12 meeting.

The petition came before the commissioners during the same meeting in which they were to vote on the issuance of the certificates of obligation, which would have been used to fund:

•Restoration and renovation of the Wilson County Courthouse.

•Renovation of a portion of the Wilson County Courthouse Annex No. 3 for the establishment of a criminal justice center, county library, and county offices.

•Renovation and equipping of the existing Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library for county offices.

•Construction and equipping of a county animal shelter.

•The payment of professional services and the cost of issuing the certificates.

Now, the county’s 27,679 registered voters will decide whether the county will incur the debt. The commissioners court will vote at its Aug. 26 meeting to order the election. According to the county’s financial advisor, Bob Henderson of RBC Capital Markets, this is the last day the commissioners can act before Election Day Nov. 5.

Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney acknowledged that there were varying rumors floating around the county about the true scope of the project, ranging from the county’s desire to tear down Annex No. 3 to the establishment of a “kill facility” animal shelter. He urged each of the commissioners to work toward getting the facts out to the voters prior to the election.

In other action, the commissioners:

•Enacted a 90-day burn ban. See box (above, right).

•Voted 3-1 -- with Commissioner Larry Wiley casting the dissenting vote -- in favor of hiring IPS Advisors as its insurance agent. The commissioners, however, will revisit this item Aug. 26, following concerns and objections raised by Don Wallace of Hartman Insurance.

•Voted unanimously in favor of a resolution urging the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to overturn its recent approval of a permit for Gordon Swenson to use treated human septage to fertilize a hayfield that straddles the Gonzales-Wilson county border.

Burn Ban

The Wilson County Commissioners Court, at its Aug. 12 meeting, voted to enact a 90-day ban on outdoor burning for all unincorporated areas of Wilson County. This is in light of ongoing hot, dry weather conditions.
During a burn ban, burning of household trash is permitted during daylight hours and only in a screened burn barrel. Agricultural burning only is allowed with prior approval of the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office, which can be reached at 830-393-8503.

Anyone caught violating the ban is subject to a $500 fine, and could be found civilly liable for property damage.

In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney and commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, Ricky Morales, and Larry Wiley; County Clerk Eva Martinez, County Attorney Daynah Fallwell, County Auditor Verna Gorzell, Library Director Nicki Stohr, Assistant County Auditor Kristin Labus, Lisa Eberhardt of the Wilson County Auditor’s Office, Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., Treasurer Jan Hartl, Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek, Voter Registrar Olga Marrero, Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office Edwin Baker, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Sara Canady, Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Richard “Dickie” Jackson, Kaitlyn Eberhardt of the Wilson County Clerk’s Office; and Poth Mayor Travis Pruski

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Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
August 20, 2013 11:59pm
 
Where's the transparency here? Tell us how much each project is estimated to cost. Even if the vote is not by individual projects, if we are being asked to fork over $8.5 million dollars, how do we know that is enough? Where ... More ›

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
August 20, 2013 11:42pm
 
If the bond is for $8.5M, I am voting against it. Based on the story above, they don't even know what the different items cost. Didn't this just start out as fixing the Court House which the final price was around $1M; ... More ›

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
August 20, 2013 11:27am
 
Without itemizing the expenditures, the county stands a good chance of having the entire funding defeated. Let's hope they smell the coffee before it's too late.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 20, 2013 11:19am
 
It is obvious that some of the things included in the proposed $8.5 million plan are not essential. Therefore if all the items are voted on separately many would be defeated. So it is no wonder Quinney would be against splitting ... More ›

 
Richard Martinez  
Floresville, TX  
August 19, 2013 3:29pm
 
Mr. Abbott, THANK YOU, for your time to educate the county.

 
Proletariat  
Utopia,Tx.  
August 17, 2013 10:38pm
 
Hey commissioners , We the People ... Are watching you just as we are watching the City of Floresville. You can no longer get away with "business as usual". You need to remember who you work for. We have spoken .. ... More ›

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
August 17, 2013 1:31pm
 
if the petition has succeeded in forcing a vote why can't they individually be placed on the ballot ???

 
Michael Abbott  
Sutherland Springs, TX  
August 17, 2013 10:09am
 
MakeitaVote was formed, advocated and was successful in fighting for the citizens to vote on their tax dollars, period. The people decided that they did not agree with the legal, but not right for them, 4-1 Commissioners Court ... More ›

 
Webmaster  
Floresville  
August 16, 2013 12:35pm
 
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BSP  
Floresville  
August 15, 2013 3:37pm
 
Interesting he had heard those rumors. I don't recall a single person mentioning that. I do recall a whole lot of people having no idea about the bond about to be issued, nor having any idea what it entailed. In any case ... More ›

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