Public Hearing on Wise County proposed BUDGET

WISE COUNTY, TEXAS
WISE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

TO DISCUSS AND RECEIVE COMMENTS FOR
PROPOSED COUNTY BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016

(BUDGET YEAR OCTOBER 1, 2015 –SEPTEMBER 30, 2016)
MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2015 – 8:45 A.M.

PUBLIC HEARING LOCATION AT:
COUNTY COURTHOUSE – 3RD FLOOR JURY ROOM
101 NORTH TRINITY ST. DECATUR, TEXAS

There will be a Public Hearing conducted by the Commissioners Court of Wise County, Texas on the above mentioned date, time and stated meeting location for the sole purpose of discussion of the proposed Wise County Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 (being October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016).
Comments from the Public will be heard and considered.
Any changes to the FY 2016 proposed County Budget will be considered during the Commissioners Court meeting following this Public Hearing.

FY 2016 County Budget will be adopted by the Wise County Commissioners Court during the regular scheduled meeting held on September 14, 2015 @ 9:00 a.m.

J.D. Clark
Wise County Judge
Wise County, Texas

The Wise County Democratic Party questioned whether public comments would be limited to the August hearing described above and this is the answer we received from the County Judge’s office: “We have Public Hearings on both dates, Monday, August 24, and September 14, 2015. The budget will be adopted on the September 14, Commissioners Court meeting.”

Paradise ISD and City Council – candidates needed to run and win in November 2015

We need to get some quality candidates to run for city council in Paradise and they need to file for office by Monday, August 24th!
The city council and school board election for Paradise is this November the 3rd along with the State Constitutional Amendments. For info on school board: http://pisd.net/PISD/admin/sboard/board.htm
If we don’t get candidates on the ballot in local elections, how can we expect them to get that “All Politics is Local” experience and training to prepare them for higher office? Think about itif you live in the city of Paradise or in the Paradise school district — maybe you could make a difference if you ran for office!
BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD!

WC Democrats respond to County Commissioners Court Budget Plans

Wise County Democratic Party – Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –
Wise County, TX Democratic Party
Contact: Tracy Smith – Party Chair
Tel . (940)231-0278
Email: wisecountydemocrats@gmail.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wise County Democratic Party Responds to Commissioner Courts decision not to fully fund the
Weatherford College Wise County Branch

While we understand the need for the Wise County Commissioners Court and newly elected Judge to politicize his very first $64 million budget ever and adhere to his recent campaign promise not raise taxes, it is unbelievable he has chosen to throw down the hammer on Weatherford College, over what essentially equates to the price of a Chili’s hamburger each year.

A less than 4/10th of a cent increase on a nickel tax that was already approved by the voters of Wise County when the Branch Campus Maintenance tax was passed in November of 2008, could ultimately lead to Wise County defaulting on a $29 million Bond that would result in the Wise County credit rating being decimated . It is difficult to believe that saving the average taxpayer 50 cents a month is more important than the educational and financial future of our county.

One of the side benefits of passing the Branch Campus Maintenance Tax was the discounted tuition that Wise County students were the beneficiaries of. Once the tax was voted into existence by the citizens of Wise County, the college immediately lowered the out-of-district tuition rate for Wise County Students by 26%. Over the last year, 1,147 Wise County students were enrolled in one of the Weatherford College campuses. Those students took 15,322 credit hours, saving a total of $398,372. That is an average savings of out-of-pocket costs for our future leaders of $347.32 per student.

In a Budget Workshop on Monday, August 17th, all four County Commissioners, under the direction of County Judge J.D. Clark, voted to maintain the current tax rate without taking into consideration the rising cost of the bond payment of $70,000 per year.

The ultimate result of the Commissioners Court decision to not increase the Maintenance tax will be $3,039,790, (or 88.7% of the tax levy), going directly to pay for the building and its maintenance. That leaves only $387,310 (or 11.3%) of Wise County Money going towards the education of our future leaders. It would appear that the real issue comes back to the fact that our elected leaders are trying to cover up the fact that they overbuilt the facility and floated a Bond with an interest rate (8%) that was almost twice as much as the proposed rate (5%), resulting in an additional $700,000 a year in interest payments for the Wise County taxpayers. They also reduced the amount of projected tax revenue to the college by $600,000. They have found it very easy to place the blame on Weatherford College, but in actuality, they might be better served by looking in the mirror.

The court had better start thinking about the future. If the college reserves run out before this issue is resolved, the county may very well lose the college that we worked so hard to get.
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Constitutional Amendments to be on this November’s ballot (2015)

Information from:  http://www.votetexas.gov/?page_id=3613

November 3, 2015 Constitutional Amendment Election Ballot Language

Please visit the Texas Legislature Online home page to obtain further information.

Proposition 1 – SJR 1

“The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $15,000 to $25,000, providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, authorizing the legislature to prohibit a political subdivision that has adopted an optional residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation from reducing the amount of or repealing the exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property.”

Proposition 2 – HJR 75

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran who died before the law authorizing a residence homestead exemption for such a veteran took effect.”

Proposition 3 – SJR 52

“The constitutional amendment repealing the requirement that state officers elected by voters statewide reside in the state capital.”

Proposition 4 – HJR 73

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.”

Proposition 5 – SJR 17

“The constitutional amendment to authorize counties with a population of 7,500 or less to perform private road construction and maintenance.”

Proposition 6 – SJR 22

“The constitutional amendment recognizing the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife subject to laws that promote wildlife conservation.”

Proposition 7 – SJR 5

“The constitutional amendment dedicating certain sales and use tax revenue and motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for nontolled roads and the reduction of certain transportation-related debt.”

PSA

HELP WANTED, NEEDED, AND APPRECIATED

Interested in part-time additional income along with serving the voters of Wise County?  The Wise County Democratic Party is seeking eligible voters to become qualified Election Judges for each Wise County Voter Precinct.  This is a paid position for each election day and early voting period.  The term of office is from August 1st, 2015 to July 31st, 2017. Training is provided and required to hold this position.  Please contact the Wise County Democratic Party by email at:

wisecountydemocrats@gmail.com