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Where to prioritize our spending

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Taxpayers subsidize our local animal shelter with $75,999 annually. One county commissioner doesn’t know exactly where $6.5 million in the Ellis County Justice Center settlement went to.

Firemen in the southern part of our county have to rely on cell phones to handle traffic accidents and other emergency calls.

We’re footing the bill for quite a bit of excess "stuff" in this county while our citizens’ safety is jeopardized.

Our emergency management coordinator just retired. Our county commissioners – as of press time Tuesday – were set to vote on another tax abatement for another corporation.

Our rules and regulations for subdivisions have swiped family farmland.

If you don’t have 150 feet of road frontage, you can’t sell, develop or grant land to your children and grandchildren.

Owners of septic system companies allege the county of not staffing licensed and certified inspectors.

The county counters that by saying the unlicensed inspectors were mere "apprentices."

This county is led by an all-Republican delegation. Every elected official runs with an R beside their name except for the Precinct 3 justice of the peace and constable.

If this is what a Republican county looks like, count us out of supporting the aforementioned policies and decisions.

A truly representative government would find the priorities to make sure our citizens’ safety and rights are protected. Right now, our county isn’t fulfilling those duties.

We have an occasional iconoclast, but it’s very rare that we see our county work as a whole to do what they were elected to do.

Have an example of what we’ve mentioned here?

Send us a line: press@elliscountypress.com.

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Nelson Propane

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