Since taking office in 2013 - This office has been committed to transparency and responsible stewardship of taxpayers dollars.
ISSUE: Balance Budget
Solution: Set a goal of reserve at 25% of expenditure. In 2016-2017 Budget Sessions this goal was surpassed due to ADA Regulations and additional Jail Standards Regulations and is now at 29%.
Result: Met that goal in 2 years time and raised the Fund Balance from 18.1% to 28.3% - exceeding goal.
ISSUE: Expansion of Electronic Monitoring
Solution: Implemented and expanded house arrest and ankle monitoring areas; of house arrest.
Result: Resulting in an average annual savings of $1,361,748; This decreases what it would have cost to feed and care for prisoners in lieu of house arrest.
ISSUE: Transportation for Low Income, Rural Residents, Seniors and Disabled
Solution: Establish the Rural Transportation District with on demand service.
Result: Client pays a $3 (in county) to $5 (adjacent county and same day one way) fare for each trip when vehicle arrives drastically increasing ridership and rides available to work, appointments, doctors etc.
ISSUE: Difficulty of Access to Early Voting Sites
Solution: Consolidated early voting precincts.
Result: This change makes it possible for voters to vote anywhere while out and about rather then search for their Precinct box during early voting.
ISSUE: Balance 2014 Budget
Solution: Transfer $1.5M from rainy day funds in Road and Bridge Departments.
Result: Balanced the budget with no tax increase required.
ISSUE: Large Trucks From Oil and Gas Industry Damaging Roads Within The County
Solution: Seek Restitution.
Result: Apply for CERTZ Grant for reimbursement for necessary improvements, enhancements and damage repairs.
ISSUE: Jail Standards
Solution: Control Costs.
Result: Maintained standard of feed and care to comply with State Commission of Jail Standards without the need for a tax increase.
ISSUE: Callable Bonds
Solution: Call bonds and reduce interest rates.
Result: Tax payer saving of $893K on 2006 Series and $12,988,000.00 in interest payments on the Jack Harwell Jail Bonds.
ISSUE: Non-user-friendly, Non-informative Website
Solution: Contract with firm to rebuild website to make it a user friendly, ADA Compliant, transparent website. Website Rebuild required for better transparency and information to the public; greater presence for Economic Development purposes.
Result: Project completed in 7 months - see www.co.mclennan.tx.us