Often thought of as the County’s Chief Executive Officer, a County Judge has a large range of judicial and administrative powers.The Midland County Judge is a voting member of the Midland County Commissioners’ Court who works with the other members of the court to approve the County budget and implement county government operations within the business of the County.Although a Judge must be well-informed of the law, there is no requirement for them to have a legal degree or license to practice in the capacity of County Judge.
For 15 years, I have served as President of the MOTRAN Alliance, obtaining over $1 billion in additional highway funding for our area, and serve as Commissioner for the State Commission on Emergency Communications working with first responders. I have developed budgets, found efficiencies while accomplishing more, and in the case of MOTRAN generated the memberships to carry out our work. As Republican Party Chairman I have a proven record of working with voters.
As someone who works with the county on a regular basis I believe there are things we can and should improve and understand how important the work is. Our current growth in the county means we need someone who understands the office and has a proven track record of accomplishment. We need someone who has a record of dealing with the public and understands that the citizens of Midland must come first.
As a property taxpayer, I believe we need county leadership who will work with state leaders to reform our current property tax system, instead of hiring consultants with your tax dollars to fight them. I believe we can find a solution that allows cities and counties to operate and accomplish our tasks, and maybe even help us stop sending $50 million in local property taxes to Austin by way of the Robin Hood School Finance System.
We also need to do a better job of prioritizing our needs and objectives, and work to build public support before we start building major projects. I believe engaging voters and citizens is critical to accomplishing a long-term vision and regaining public trust.
1. Bring budget revenues and expenditures in line to provide greater transparency. (current budget expenditures exceed revenues by nearly $28 million)
2. Draw down the nearly $80 million in reserves to pay off county debt (saving over $3 million in interest) and complete remainder of the future south Loop 250 project.
3. Audit the finances for the Horseshoe, review associated contracts, and have local users provide feedback on fees.
4. Require an open bidding process for all county contracts.
5. Put resources into road repair and fix the potholes.
6. Provide resources to law enforcement to enforce the law on oversize and overweight vehicles so taxpayers do not pay for unnecessary bridge repairs.
7. Develop plans for roadway and other necessary infrastructure projects so that when additional revenues are available we can use those revenues to address critical infrastructure needs.
8. Reform our current juvenile detention program by implementing job training so we can get them in jobs.
field service company that has employed up to 185 people. I have dealt with financing, budgets, planning, employee issues from hiring to firing and payroll. I know how to weather the economic storms of our economy. I have started 4 businesses and sold 3 of them to move to be where I am today.
The lack of transparency along with apathy from this court has caused me to want to lend my expertise to the running of our county government. I will open communication with taxpayers in the county and do what the taxpayers who are served want. Getting our County government back to doing the basics extremely well and not venturing off into Legacy projects that reflect on the politicians. Keeping needed services provided at a reasonable expense while keeping total tax revenues as low as possible. Maintain a cushion in budget but do away with extremely large surpluses. State of the art law enforcement by insuring Sheriff’s office has needed funding for up to date equipment, supplies, facilities and personnel. Combining resources with City, State and Federal to expedite joint interests. Work with City on all aspects of overlapping services to maximize benefits and reduce costs to all. The privatization of the Horseshoe to the detriment of the citizens of Midland County needs to be reversed and handled by Midlander’s for the sole benefit of Midlander’s. Code of conduct, ethics and confidence reinserted into County government.
I plan on bringing County web site up to provide all contact info, to include mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and office hours for citizens to have. I intend to put all projects up on web site along with proposed plans, budgets, bidders, and all info associated with what the county has going on along with the stage of that particular project. Any major project will have the approval of the majority of taxpayers before that project moves forward. There will be open and honest discussion/debate on any expenditure over and above ordinary recurring county operational expenses. Budgeting will be reviewed with automatic increases denied. Real world budgeting practices will be implemented to insure the taxpayer gets value for services provided. I will concentrate of safety for our families and our property. I will curtail any project that is not in the interest of the majority of the taxpayers of Midland County.