Thursday, July 30, 2015
Texans are fed up with politicians who refuse to listen. Unfortunately it’s happening locally in Tarrant County.
The county commissioners’ court hopes to ram through a $809 million debt deal next week to help finance expansion and renovations to John Peter Smith (JPS) Hospital Network. Officials have not entertained alternatives.
Before agreeing to seek public input on May 26th, County Judge Glen Whitley (R) tried to place the bond on November’s ballot before conducting town halls.
In response, the Tarrant County Republican Party has unanimously passed a resolution opposing the debt deal.
A myriad of unanswered questions remain, including faulty financial projections underlying empty promises. Residents have been shut out of the process, and town hall meetings raised more questions than they answered.
But there’s still time to stop the county commissioners’ rubber-stamping the debt deal. Tarrant County residents should make their voice heard by signing a petition to county commissioners.
We will print each petition individually and hand-deliver it to Tarrant County officials. And we will let signers know when their petition has been delivered so you can demand a response.
Far too often, we get the government we ignore. Voting is not enough—an accountable government requires active citizen engagement in governing process.
Texans for Fiscal Responsibility
Posted by The Star-Telegraph at Thursday, July 30, 2015