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
Commissioner Jones has remained fiscally responsible with our tax dollars, even when tough decisions had to be made. Since 2013 he has proposed and our county taxes have look like this: FY2014 Rollback Rate 0.535292 per $100 val When Commissioner Jones took office the county was in a $8.9M budget DEFICIT; although this rate was a 5.51% increase, this increase was necessary to keep the county bond rating positive and to keep the county solvent. FY2015 Stay 0.535293 per $100 val (with the demand that each county department cut 5% to 7% of all spending and/or duplicate staff.) FY2016 Cut of .02 cent 0.515108 per $100 val FY2017 Cut of .01 cent 0.505293 per $100 val FY2018 Effective tax rate 0.505293 per $100 val FY2019 Cut of .02 cent 0.485293 per $100 val