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Judge’s comment prompts complaint to state officials
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Anchor and investigative reporter Barry Davis (from left) of KENS 5 TV speaks with Jim Miller and Mike Abbott Oct. 21 about a complaint Miller filed with the Texas Secretary of State’s office.
FLORESVILLE -- City councilman and businessman Jim Miller has filed a complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office ahead of a special election related to the county’s proposed issue of $8.5 million in certificates of obligation. The county is asking voters to approve issuing the debt, which would be used to fund various capital projects, including restoration and renovation of the Wilson County Courthouse.
The ballot proposition reads that the money would be used to fund “restoration and renovation of the county courthouse; renovation, construction, and equipping of Wilson County Annex No. 3 for a criminal justice center, county library and county offices; renovation and equipping the existing county library for county offices; construction and equipping of a county animal shelter; construction and improvement of county roads; and the payment of professional services and costs of issuance related thereto.”
Miller alleges that the proposition is “misleading, if not outright fraudulent” to the county’s voters. This, after Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney, at an Oct. 16 Floresville Chamber of Commerce luncheon, told those in attendance that there likely will not be enough funds left to pay for construction of an animal shelter or for road repairs -- despite these being two of the five items for which the proposition states that the funds would be allocated. This echoed comments by Wilson County Pct. 2 Commissioner Paul Pfeil during the Oct. 14 commissioners court meeting. Video recordings of both events are available at wilsoncountynews.com.
Ashley Pierce, a spokesman for the Texas Secretary of State’s Office, said the office reviews all complaints. If it appears that potential wrongdoing has occurred, the matter then would be forwarded to the Attorney General’s office for investigation and enforcement.
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