2011 about gone, more challenges ahead in 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Can you believe that it’s that time of year again?

It seems as though I was up in the district courtroom being sworn in just a few days ago, and a year has already gone by.

They say time flies when you’re having fun, right? Well maybe “interesting” would be a better word than “fun”, but I haven’t regretted running for the office in any way, and I have enjoyed the challenge.

One thing I can say for sure, I’m glad I don’t have to run for office this time around. I wish those of you that are up for re-election or that are running for the first time “good luck”, and I challenge you to run a clean race, sticking to the issues.

But I sure don’t envy you, it’s exhausting. I especially want to wish all county employees a Merry Christmas and to thank you for your dedicated service to the citizens of Milam County this year.

Thank you for supporting me during my first year in office.

I would particularly like to point out to the public that we came in over a million dollars under budget on expenditures in the general fund which exceeds 10% enabling us to overcome a shortage on the revenue side and even build up reserves somewhat for 2012.

This was a significant accomplishment on the par t of all employees.

Also all four precincts ended the year on solid ground financially while at the same time purchasing several pieces of equipment which will enable us to make more progress on permanent road improvements in 2012 as well.

I particularly want to thank the commissioners for their support during the year.

Actually, 2011 turned out to be a relatively easy year in many ways.

In contrast, my prediction is that 2012 is likely to be the most challenging year that Milam County will face in this decade.

So why don’t we just end by saying, “Happy New Year!”

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