Atascosa County Judge's Report
We voted Monday in Commissioner’s Court to accept the only bid, which we found acceptable to build the Animal Control Facility and remodel JP3 building on Main St. by the courthouse. This was by “The Koehler Company” who is also in charge of the much larger project, the new justice center. Koehler has come with excellent recommendations from Guadalupe County and Wilson County where they have and are building large projects. Ground breaking will be on Tuesday, April 25 after Commissioner’s Court. We are moving Commissioner’s Court to Tuesday because the court and many of the county’s elected officials will be in Austin for “Atascosa Day” at the Legislature. We are taking bands and honor guard from the area schools to perform at the Capitol. The Animal Control groundbreaking is open to the public and all are welcome.
We are seeing good signs in the county’s economy. Many businesses are starting back up again and new ones are coming to the county. We had a 31% increase in sales tax revenues for March for the county. Of course, last years’ was 50% down but the dollar figure is up from previous months. We budgeted conservatively and the numbers so far are looking good against our budgeted figure. We will have no idea of the tax base value for several months. I hope we see an increase with new business and minerals/royalties and not in the existing residential housing base.
Your county government is busy. The jail remodel is moving forward and the population numbers are high. We need the expansion! The courts are working their way through busy dockets, and the District Attorney is working through the long pending murder cases. Positive things are happening.
Commissioner’s Court voted to declare April as “National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month (GO BLUE)” in Atascosa County. We also voted to declare April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Atascosa County.” Shawnene Heather also announced plans for a Rally Against Bullying in Atascosa County. Words cannot express how much I support these efforts. These folks do so much good in our county. Please, please support them with your time and money.
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.