Nacogdoches County shows preliminary budget to public

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - One observer said, ' They made nice'. The reference is to the manner of the presentation. No arguing, no awkward situations. County Judge Joe English began with a power point presentation outlining county government and how it's funded.    " The purpose of this meeting today is for us to hear from ya'll and what do you expect of Nacogdoches County government," English explained to the crowd.

Eventually the sticky points surfaced. Several taxpayers voiced disapproval of county commissioners having county owned vehicles 24-7. Nacogdoches County resident John Crawford said,  " There ought to be a car pool. Come in and get your truck. " Another resident suggested,  " Run it like a business and if you own a business and you have employees, I really don't think you provide them with a truck. "

Precinct 4 commissioner Tom Strickland continues to defend the need of driving the county truck home. He told those in attendance,  " I feel a strong commitment to the people of precinct 4 and it's not always between 8 and 5 o'clock. " English calls it a dead issue that won't be addressed until new commissioners come on board in January.

The same holds true on the debate over deputy constable positions.. For now they're in the preliminary budget, but there's been lots of talk of moving the positions to the sheriff's department. Some rural residents present don't like that idea. One Chireno area resident said,    " When you move them out of the community they're not as accessible to the citizens, so I'm totally against doing anything with constables other than what they do now. "

A $63,000 deficit remains. The court is optimistic projected tax revenue will make up the difference. That figure should be available in a couple of weeks.