If you live in Smith County and have a concern regarding county services, now may be a good time to express your opinion.
Smith County officials are holding a series of meetings to encourage public input, information and ideas regarding a wide range of county services.
Officials plan to use the information they receive from the "Public Input Project" for the upcoming budget year and in long-term comprehensive planning.
"This is one of these where we can have an open venue if they want to make a presentation about something we'll allow them to do that so we can really get in depth information from them," says Smith County Commissioner for Precinct 1.
Judge Joel Baker says they will prioritize projects and create specific long-term goals and measurements for county services.
"It runs the gamut from the very serious things to the things that might not seem so serious. We don't mind hearing any of them and it might be something we address. There are things that government can't take care of, but we do want to know so we have an opportunity to address their needs," says Warr.
Smith County citizens can either attend one of the upcoming meetings, or they can fill out a questionnaire to add their concerns.
"If people don't give their input on what they want county government to make as it's top priorities, their priorities might not be the top priorities of the Commissioners Court," says Smith County resident JoAnn Fleming.
Fleming says elected officials are public servants, and they are there to serve the people and their needs.
"It is a responsibility of the elected officials to hear from the people, so we are glad that the Commissioners Court is giving the people an opportunity to give them input about what's on their minds about County government," says Fleming.
The first five community input meetings will focus on individual precincts within the county. The last meeting will be a joint meeting for all precincts to attend and provide input.
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