I write this column to you in the new year of 2018. I hope and pray for every citizen in Atascosa County to have a happy, safe, healthy and prosperous new year. In the last week we have already suffered the passing of some quality county residents and my heartfelt sympathies go out to them. I pray for God’s Blessing on Atascosa County and its residents in the New Year.
We should be finishing our major projects this year – the “Justice Center”, the “Jail Expansion and Remodel”, the “Animal Control”, and a new (and last) Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3.
We will be setting up a truck weigh station to make our roads safer and we have been assured the full support of the District’s DPS Weights and Measures Office. From the counties we have surveyed with these, we have been informed that the cost is generally covered the first year by fine revenue and is an income producer. That is not the reason to do it, but it is nice to know that we can make the roads safer and know the revenue will more than cover the cost.
When this year is done, all of our building projects will be finished and I will be excited for two reasons. First, we will be set infrastructure wise for many future years in the county. The taxpayers will see visible results and services for their tax dollar. Secondly, I will get to quit spending money and spend more time on finding ways to refine and enhance county government.
Finally, I want to say what a privilege and pleasure it has been to work with these commissioners and see them build a positive teamwork environment between their departments. I see this in many of the county officials as well. It is such a fine experience to see folks work together. Our courts are running smoothly and we have some mighty fine people making that happen.
I truly wish each and every reader of this column a healthy, wealthy and wise New Year!
Thanks for listening.
We want you to be proud of your County Government.
Bob Hurley is the Atascosa County Judge. You may E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org