Terms Show Deceit From Public Officials
I filed a Freedom Of Information request with the county government on Friday. I requested the terms of Mr. Jim House’s contract with the county, including his salary, job description, and the length of the agreement. As of 2:30 p.m. today, my request had still not been filled. So I decided to go down to the county clerk’s office and ask again. Low and behold, I was able to obtain a copy—and it only cost me $1.00. 50 cents a page…that’s a nice profit!
Here is what we have learned:
- Despite public comments to the contrary from House & Judge Lincoln (at a local TEA Party meeting, on local radio, etc.), Mr. House is in fact being paid to promote the tax increase. The terms of his contract expressly state that this is one of his duties:
Mr. House will work with the county judge in any tax promotion that affects economic development in the county…
- As reported earlier, we can now confirm Mr. House’s monthly check from the taxpayers is $2,000, plus “clients meals or group meeting expenses.”
- Mr. House has actually been on contract with the county since April 1, 2011. So what has he been doing for the last 4 months? And why did we (the taxpayers) pay him $8,000 to do it?
- House is only required to work approximately 36 hours per month. That is $55.50 an hour. Not bad work in this economy.
- You are also paying for these snazzy little fliers that are being circulated, talking about “what could be” in our county if we only had the bypass tax—they might actually pave a road! You also paid for this snazzy video featured on the proponents’ Facebook page. The terms of the contract state that “all clerical help such as letters or promotional materials will be handled through the County Judge’s Office.”
So our county judge & economic development liaison have spent weeks deceiving the voters about their stated purpose and their use of our money. This raises an extremely important question: Can we trust these people to spend the $18,000,000 in bypass tax revenue appropriately?
So far they have spent/wasted:
- $10,000 on Mr. House’s pay
- An estimated $15,000 on the special election (per Election Commission estimates)
- An unreported amount on promotional materials including a video & flier
How much of that $18,000,000 will be wasted? And why should we trust them?
Nicholas Horton, Chairman, Citizens for Responsible Taxation
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