Smith County Taxpayers:
Thank you for contacting the Smith County Commissioners Court to raise your concerns about local property tax dollars going to fund a state toll road to be managed by a group of unelected appointees (regional mobility authority). We raised enough heat in the community that the Smith County Commissioners Court has posted three public meetings this week; although one of the meetings is sponsored by the Tyler Economic Development Council – which we find to be more than a bit curious. We wonder if the commissioners would post such a meeting sponsored by Grassroots America? We may just try that one out!
We have no idea (based on last week’s commissioners court meeting or what is posted on the county website) as to what the format of the meetings will be. We asked the commissioners court to hold meetings in which citizens could ask questions and expect to get specific answers at the meetings. The jury is still out on whether or not this will happen.
We know you aren’t happy about this coming up during the month of December, but there is no rest when it comes to holding government accountable. When we take a break, government runs around the people, over the people, and picks our pockets.
Please plan to attend these meetings and speak up.
Upcoming Public Meetings
Smith County citizens are invited to attend three upcoming transportation-related public meetings. The primary topic of discussion will be the proposed Smith County Transportation Reinvestment Zone, Number One (Toll 49 Reinvestment Zone):
December 9 – Gander Mountain – South Broadway in Tyler at 6 p.m. – hosted by County Judge Joel Baker and Commissioner, Pct. 1 Jeff Warr.
December 10 – The R. B. Hubbard Center, 304 East Ferguson, downtown Tyler at 6 p.m. – hosted by the Tyler Economic Development Council (not by the Commissioners Court).
December 12 – First Baptist Church of Whitehouse, 801 East Main Street, Whitehouse, 6 p.m. – hosted by Commissioner, Precinct 2 Cary Nix.