Where do I stand on the issues? I do my very best to provide you with clear goals and direction. On this page you will find some of my priorities, though there are so many things to be done in our community. If you would like more information regarding these issues or other goals that are important to you, please contact me today!
"I have continued to prove people wrong for 31 years, perseverance and tenacity is in my blood. I am a strong servant leader, from protecting life to protecting taxpayers. Now more than ever, we need strong uniting leadership in our community. With your support, we can show the world what Hood County is all about!"
"Communication" is the single most important issue plaguing our community and its government offices. It effects each and every one of the following issues. It is important to me that our community as a whole, including our various forms of government (local, state, and federal), communicate and work together as a team. Not working as a team is a disservice to the constituents that each level of government represents equally – you! I don’t have time for expensive territorial and jurisdictional disputes, neither do you. I have built good working relationships with folks at every level of government. As your County Commissioner, I will leverage those relationships to the best of my ability in order to keep Hood County great!
First Responders & Public Safety
Hood County fire, emergency medical services, and law enforcement infrastructure revitalization is critical. The fact that we are discussing the option of an emergency services taxing district is a direct reflection of county government leadership and the lack thereof. The harsh reality is, Hood County has underfunded and neglected public safety infrastructure, a core function of government. It is a top priority for me to work with our local safety leadership to aggressively change course for the betterment of our community, and for those who put their safety on the line each and every day. This includes, but not limited to, exploring options for a new Hood County correctional facility, the option of establishing a Hood County Fire Department, and a centralized county wide contract for emergency medical ambulance service. I will stand up for our first responders.
Role of Government
Our Declaration of Independence states we have the right to secure Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. We should protect these rights by following limited government principles with open transparency. As your Precinct 4 County Commissioner, my office will represent al of you, the taxpayers. Therefore, my office is your resource for providing accurate information on important topics, keeping you up to date on pending county action, and requesting any future actions on your behalf.
Create Taxpayer Relief Fund
Currently, Hood County operates with a large slush-fund that is used for projects and pricey items throughout the year that were not budgeted for. I want to establish a new fund dedicated to reducing property tax burden on taxpayers. All none emergency projects and items that come up through the year can be budgeted for the following budget cycle. Therefore, I would like the grand majority of the additional revenue collected by the county that would normally be deposited in this slush-fund to be put towards reducing the following years property tax burden. In other words, this would effectively buy down the tax rate.
Lower Property Taxes
For the past several years, Hood County has knowingly and purposefully increased your property taxes, even when the growth within the county alone produces plenty of additional revenue. In my opinion, the growth the past few years has been so great, tax payers should have seen a reduction in County taxes. There is a path to lowering property taxes and it isn’t unreasonable, pie-in-the-sky, or out of reach as some would say.
Zero Based Budgeting
Currently, Hood County operates with a recurrent system of budgeting. Which means each year during budgeting, departments come to the table to talk about what more they need this year (if any) than the last year in order to operate. Though some departments take a great deal of pride in their budgeting efficiency, some can become very complacent. I would like to see Hood County operate under a base of “zero” each year. Not that each department would or should be sliced and diced, but operating under a zero-based budgeting system will make it easier on the commissioners court to determine what areas need to become more efficient.
Hood County is not prepared for the growth we are experiencing on a daily basis. As a core function of government, transportation is one of my top priorities. For years, I have built a working relationship with the Texas Department of Transportation and I am very familiar with the tools available to our community and how to leverage them effectively.