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08/09/07

Smith Co. Pay Raise Viewer Response

Last week I invited you to let me know how you felt about the Smith County Commissioners self-anointed pay raise. I did it because at least two members of the Commissioner's Court claimed they had not heard a significant number of objections from Smith County voters. Well, based on the response I got I would say their argument has merit. By my estimates over 57 thousand Smith County residents saw my invitation. However, only 15 responded.

Now I want you to know that I'm grateful for our viewers and particularly those of you who took the time to write. But it's hard to say that 15 out of 57 thousand is "significant". For what it's worth all the respondents were opposed to the raise. And, as I promised, all the letters were forwarded to members of the Smith County Commissioner's Court.

With these kind of results it will be interesting to see if the commissioners will care enough about the voters to get them involved in the next county jail finance plan or if they will continue the pattern of quick decisions with limited explanations. After all, voters getting involved and elected officials allowing them to get involved will make this a better East Texas.

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