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Winston Shaffer  
Floresville, TX  
October 23, 2013 10:25am
 
Well considering that the projected costs for all the projects is $9.2 million (8% increase in less than 6 months) and the bond is for only $8.5M, there is no money for a shelter or roads. In fact, the county will have to come up with another $700k out of its annual budget not to mention all the money it is paying the architect Lydnsay Thorn (I have heard anywhere from $700k to $1M so far). It appears the architect fees are well above the 6% cap for costs that are regulated by law for Federal projects. This is a county project so the Judge and Commissioner have a big checkbook (our taxes) to keep funding what appear to be excessive fees. Thorn spoke at the meeting and he said that Hays County spent more money on their new facilities but did not comment that Hays County is 4 times as large as Wilson County. Also, Mr Thorn was so proud that he did the costing which he said was rare for architects. So, I wonder how far off his costs are. Either way, there will be less money for roads if this approved.

The costs for the Courthouse exterior repairs have been quoted as $1.774M and $1.985M which is a 12% difference.

Please remember when they closed the 8964 sq foot courthouse they moved into and eventually purchased a 22,333 sq foot building (old elementary). So, they doubled there space. If they opened the court house back up they would have three times as much as when they closed the court house down. So, for me this is a typical government officials grab. Vote "No." and let them really justify the renovations and all the extra space.

These projects appear to be a wishlist by the County Judge and Commissioners to make a name for themselves. If you were at the meeting, you would have heard one Commissioner going on about how his relative's name was on the corner stone of the poorly constructed courthouse. So, his relatives where part of a debacle 134 years ago. He also stated in 20 years the County would have over 100k people. Considering for the past 30 years the County has grown about 10k per every ten years or 1000/year, I guess the commissioner thinks the Eagle Ford Shale is going to continue to grow rapidly for the next twenty years. The 2010 census was 42,910 and the most recent 2012 population estimate was 44,370 or within the historical 1000/year growth. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48/48493.html

So, in 2030, a reasonable person would project approximately 65,000 people not 100,000 people. I am not sure the judge or the commissioners are very good with math and they definitely didn't do their homework for these projects. They have no idea how much this is really going to costs so they are putting everything but the master gardener’s garden in the certificate obligations so they can see what sticks. An old military adage holds true Proper Prior Planning Prevents xxxx Poor Performance. So, in this case, vote no and have the County do this right.
     
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