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Pape wants transparency in financials

The Ellis County Press
GLENN HEIGHTS- The Hill County Electric Cooperative Inc. elections are underway and as with that, there has been quite a bit of concern arising over the claims that were reported first by rescueHILCO.com. A site that was put together by a group who raised a recall effort about 18 months ago.

Specifically, the way the budget has increased for operating costs from $110,000 in 2003 to $208,000 in 2006. Where did all the money go?

Multiple sources say there is definitely “something going on.”

According to the allegations on RescueHilco.com, board of directors receive over $8,000 a year in Christmas bonuses and are paid $600 a month as well as $600 for attending a single board meeting. The allegations continue with reimbursements for any sort of travel costs, food and spouse transportation, according to the Web site.

Jim Perkins; seeking re-election for his district 1 seat that serves Ellis and southern Dallas county said, “I’m not allowed to speak with you. Thanks.”

His opponent, former Glenn Heights mayor Stephen Pape said his campaign will bring more transparency to the co-op.

“I intend to make good on my promise to release the compensation and reimbursements [costs] paid to me by the co-op as well as post my activities.The policy of the Board withholding the cost and activity information from the membership is more of a concern to me than any specific amount paid or activity undertaken.”

Perkins was approached multiple times on this story, but said he received the e-mails seeking comment, but could not answer them.

His recent campaign mailer had a list of the Red Oak Record questionnaire included with it, but when asked a second time to address the allegations on the Web site, as well as the financial matters in the co-op, Perkins said “I didn’t really read much of the e-mail.”

The final ballots will be brought in Thursday, Sept. 25 at the high school cafeteria in Itasca, TX at 4 p.m.

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