In a stunning announcement yesterday, Rockwall County’s commissioners used some trickery and voted 3 to 2 to approve the building of a new $30 million courts building on a site where voters have twice rejected it over the past few years!
I’m infuriated! How dare these lawmakers!
Quoting from the story in yesterday’s Dallas Morning News:
ROCKWALL OFFICIALS VOTE TO BUILD COURTS FACILITY
Rockwall County commissioners this week voted to build a $30 million courts building on the site where voters twice rejected a $29 million government center.
Commissioners in a 3-2 vote decided to issue limited tax notes, which don’t require voter approval, to plan and build the 117,000-square-foot building on county-owned land at T.L. Townsend Drive and Interstate 30.
Who voted how:
Commissioners Bruce Beaty, who will leave office Jan. 1, and Jerry Wimpee voted with Mr. Florance. Ms. Grinnan and Commissioner David Magness voted no.
What was their justification for ignoring voters, to issue “limited tax notes” which don’t require voter approval?
County Judge Chris Florance said officials could wait no longer because they need the space and construction costs are rising 9 percent a year.“We felt like we needed to make some hard decisions, so we did,” he said. “We’re going to save the taxpayers millions and millions by getting a building out of the ground now.”
Quite coincidentally, on the same day that California’s Supreme Court voted 4 to 3 to overrule California voters and legalize gay marriage in that state, both that Supreme Court and our County Commissioners decided to take the law into their own hands.
Apparently they think they know better! Time to show them differently!