Rockdale’s future depends on “YES” vote

Dear editor,

In the mid 1940s there were two large billboards on the east and west entrance to Rockdale boasting “99 Years of Lignite Coal in Rockdale area.” A few years later, the Aluminum Company of America announced they were going to locate an aluminum smelter in the Sandow area. Rockdale was excited about a new industry coming here.

There wasn’t a TV around in Rockdale until after 1950. Marketing depended on written communication. Looking back, this area did well with those two billboards advertising coal here and a Saturday Evening Post article written by our own George Sessions Perry.

With the downturn in the aluminum industry, national economy and the age of the local smelter, things have changed 50-plus years later. However, this area of Texas has another resource that gets lots of coverage in the newspapers and that is WATER!

Not a week passes that there isn’t some update on water land leasing, companies who have organized to purchase water from this area and updates from Post Oak Savannah Water Board.

Rockdale is strategically located on the crossroads of U.S. Highways 77 and 79. Three years ago, an estimate of traffic through downtown Rockdale was 16,000 plus vehicles daily. Check out US 77 as people travel south to Texas to enjoy warm winters here.

I was born and raised in Rockdale, and consider this my home, even though I live outside the city limits. I own a business in the downtown area and our family supports Rockdale as we shop locally, eat out at local restaurants, pay property taxes here and our sales tax money comes in to this city.

When Richards Hospital was contemplating closing, the citizens of Rockdale came to their rescue. We have a modern, up-to-date hospital now owned by a private company that has brought the latest medical technology to our town. The hospital is voluntarily surrendering their part of sales tax to generate funds for Rockdale economic development.

While I cannot cast a vote in this election, I hope everyone living in the voting districts of the City of Rockdale look at this election as a chance to help the City during a time of need. YOU can make a difference in this town by voting YES in the upcoming sales tax election. Residents of Rockdale will benefit from voting YES in the Municipal Development District vote.

Rockdale is a GREAT place to live. It’s a great place to raise a family. It is strategically located between Waco, Austin, and Bryan- College Station. UT, Texas A&M, Baylor and Temple College are in within an hour and a half to our town.

Take time to go vote on May 8. Vote YES in the Sales Tax elections, no matter which of the three areas you live in.

Rockdale’s future depends on your voting YES!

Joy Graham 114 East Cameron Ave. Rockdale TX 76567

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