Rockwall County Voter Guide

Looking ahead, we are all feeling the effects of rampant inflation. Leading financial institutions warn of a recession that would impoverish millions of Americans for many years.

We have little to no influence over policies in the nation’s capital but, through the ballot box, we can influence policies in our little Rockwall County.

The progressive challenger for county judge has a goal of limiting population density in the unincorporated areas of our county.

What can a county government actually do about population density? Look to Texas Local Government Code, Sec. 232.101 Rules for a clear and concise answer to this question. t.ly/VdCG

[EMPHASIS, MY OWN]

(a) By an order adopted and entered in the minutes of the Commissioners Court … may adopt rules … to promote the health, safety, morals, or general welfare of the county and the safe, orderly, and healthful development of the unincorporated area of the county.

(b) Unless otherwise authorized by state law, A COMMISSIONERS COURT SHALL NOT REGULATE UNDER THIS SECTION

(1) the use of ANY BUILDING OR PROPERTY FOR BUSINESS, INDUSTRIAL, RESIDENTIAL, or other purposes;

(2) the bulk, height, or number of buildings constructed on a particular tract of land;

(3) the size of a building that can be constructed on a particular tract of land, including without limitation and restriction on the ratio of building floor space to the land square footage;

(4) THE NUMBER OF RESIDENTIAL UNITS THAT CAN BE BUILT PER ACRE OF LAND;

(5) a plat or subdivision in an adjoining county; or

(6)road access to a plat or subdivision in an adjoining county.

In conversation with the challenger, I was unable to impart an understanding of the above state of Texas law.

What about Rockwall County Judge David Sweet? He knows the lawful limits of the Commissioners Court’s authority.

I encouraged the challenger to approach the Texas State Legislature on the matter of population density. I suppose he believes he can fulfill his goals apart from state law.

The polls are open tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24, from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. I urge you to vote for the fiscal conservative who has consistently held the line on county property taxes.

The economic challenges ahead of all of us require a County Judge who will be a good steward of our tax dollars.

I urge you to vote for David Sweet. Your grandchildren will thank you.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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