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County commissioners should be ashamed

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How do you even begin to gripe and complain about our county commissioners voting themselves and every elected official in Ellis County a 4 percent pay raise?

It must be nice to vote themselves a raise – commissioners voted yourself in a $10,000 raise last year, but the economy wasn’t near as bad as it is now, what with still post-$3 gasoline, $4 milk, escalating school and living costs.

In a 3-1 vote, county commissioners hiked their pay, despite a threat by Bristol’s Roy Calender Sr. that he would sue Commissioner Bill Dodson for future vehicle repairs (due to Precinct 2’s road conditions.)

Dennis Robinson, the Republican from Palmer seeking his second term and who faces the toughest re-election race in the county this year against Democrat Broderick Sargent, voted against the pay raise.

Hundreds of fire fighters berated commissioners for their recent CareFlite contract. Commissioners rescinded that contract.

Now, taxpayers in this county need to rise up en masse and demand county commissioners rescind their pay.

Heath Sims, the county commissioner in Midlothian’s Precinct 3 (Midlothian-to-Milford), faces a re-election battle against conservative Democrat Jim Schico on Nov. 4. Perhaps Sims’ constituents will be angry enough to voice their displeasure with the popular commissioner.

It’s unbelievable our commissioners would vote themselves a raise during this economy.

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