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Byron Cook’s Best Hope.

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ByronCookIf you’ve been paying any amount of attention you know that folks in Hill County are anything but competent at running their elections. To date, no one can actually tell us what the results of the election were, and each time someone attempts to calculate the figure, more questions are raised than are answered.

I’ve learned a lot through this experience.

For starters, I’ve learned that no one is watching. No one is double-checking election results. No one is holding election administrators accountable. No one is ensuring election integrity. No one is watching county chairs.

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How Many Missing Voters Is Too Many?

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Earlier this summer Direct Action Texas looked into several of the March 1st Republican Primary races. Hill County’s election quickly garnered our attention.

We found that 19.29% of their official election results did NOT have voters to go along with the alleged votes. It is a basic principle that for every vote cast there must be one voter to match up with said vote. In the case of Hill County, they posted 9,038 votes having been cast, yet their official election file only had 7,518 voters marked as having voted, but it gets better. Read More

Local Elected Official Meet to Discuss Property Taxes and Budgeting

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Last Friday, June 10th, Direct Action Texas, along with Empower Texans, sponsored their second Lean Local event at the Plano Marriott at Legacy. The attendees represented over 30 municipalities and 6 counties.

Carrollton’s Mayor Pro Tem  Anthony Wilder kicked off the half day event with Budgeting Best Practices. Wilders background as an actuarial analyst brings particular insight into how to analyze and breakdown the real numbers, the liabilities to the city and think of alternative ways to approach some of them. Collin County Judge Keith Self described why and how the appraisal value is not to blame for your increased property taxes, rather the tax rates set by your local governments. The effective tax rate was a hot topic of the day. Here is a simple overview of the effective tax rate issue:

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Scope Creep: Some “Needs” are more important than others.

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Carrollton Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Wilder

Carrollton Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Wilder

On Wednesday, April 27th, the State Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief met in Arlington to receive public testimony.  During the hearing, I had the opportunity to testify. The chairman, State Sen. Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), posed a question to me regarding the spending problem during my testimony.

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Winning – it’s all about messaging

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On May 7th I had the privilege of helping a couple campaigns execute a sweep of the Colleyville City Council – winning all three seats up for election. We had three challengers up against three incumbents, including the mayor of 11 years. Not only did we sweep all three seats – but our slate held together earning 62% of the vote across the board. Victories like this are cause for rejoicing.

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