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Where to find $10,000

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Ellis County, you’re funding a series of investigations into the $10,000 which came up missing in the Red Oak branch of our county’s tax office in December.

Ellis County, we hate to inform you of this, but that $10,000 in tax money was yours.

So far, Tax Assessor-Collector John Bridges has worked with the Texas Rangers and the Red Oak ISD police to locate the money (the Red Oak tax office is inside a building owned by ROISD) but there are no leads in the case as of press time.

It’s a shame that $10,000 of your hard-earned money has come up missing, but it’s quite another when more resources are devoted to finding who stole it.

Google Earth can pinpoint someone’s garage door opener 5,000 miles from outer space, but we can’t seem to find $10,000 in missing tax money?

There are 43 employees who work at the Acorn Academy in Red Oak.

There are about three employees with the tax office and according to ROISD PD, they were cleared via polygraph tests.

County commissioners and Bridges are all elected officials (Commissioners Heath Sims and Dennis Robinson, as well as Bridges, have opponents in November) and they should be held responsible for making sure our tax dollars are not only spent wisely, but returned when stolen.

This is one instance where you can’t blame inflation, but you can continue to blame our elected officials.

Maybe the $10,000 pay raise commissioners voted themselves last year could replenish our tax office?

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