Atascosa County Judge’s Report

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



Last week, I promised to tell you about happenings with the County Juvenile office. I have been very concerned about the county’s practice of sending juveniles off to long term placement or releasing them on probation to live in a home that will not properly supervise them. Long term placement is very expensive to the county and many times the […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

Atascosa County Judge

We are very close to wrapping the budget for 2019 and the tax rate. I am pleased to announce that we will be lowering your tax rate by 2 cents, from $61.99 to $59.99. I wish it was more of a reduction, but the good thing is that ALL bond rates and ALL monies for construction are included in this […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



Change is difficult. Whenever the store moves merchandise or changes brands I must figure out the new location and change with it. The digital world is changing us all the time with smartphones, websites and internet access. Change can be good as well. We are moving to a new voting system this November which I am convinced, just like cell […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



This week I am still talking about Guardianships. When a guardianship is done it involves legally taking away rights from the ward. It is a serious matter. It restricts such things as driving, voting, financial control, living accommodations, marriage, medical care and others. So, it should not be taken lightly. It is the state’s policy that the least restrictive form […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



The state legislature passed a bill last session requiring all guardians to be certified by the state before they can become a guardian. That took effect June 1, 2018. There are other legal requirements already in place by the State Estate Code and are still effective. They are also working toward developing a master file of all guardianships in the […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



Many folks (and I used to as well) think the County Judge spends the workdays running the county. Yes, the County Judge has a lot of influence in county operations. But most of the departments either answer to an elected official (who does not work for me) or commissioner’s court which I preside over but manages by plurality. And, what […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

Atascosa County Judge

Last week we left the EMS story talking about funding and discussing ESDs (Emergency Services Districts) which are the special taxing districts I have mentioned. Bexar County, Montgomery County and Harris County (and many others) are funded by these. I have not found another county our size that does not share the EMS responsibility with the cities or have ESDs […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

Atascosa County Judge

Last week we left the EMS story with Jimmy Day transitioning the three EMS stations to county paid personnel and county operated ambulances and medical protocols. The cities’ share was to still provide the housing for the operations. As the county hired and placed full – time on call medics for your safety it was necessary to provide sleeping quarters […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

Atascosa County Judge

Where I left my story last week on the development of the County wide EMS was that the new infant system was struggling. Remember each unit (one in Lytle, Poteet and Pleasanton) was an independent 501C3 organization with an ambulance provided by the county and the housing provided by the city. Because of the struggles I mentioned last week (for […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

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Atascosa County Judge’s Report I am going to write a column series on EMS (Emergency Medical Service): how it started, how we got here and where we are going. Many counties do not have any EMS at all. Many counties are trying to start one.  Many, many more have systems that are funded by ESDs (special taxing district), the closest […]


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