A tale of two governments
McLennan County, TX – Both the Commissioners Court and the Robinson City Council were prepared on Tuesday to cast their ballots for the board of McLennan County Appraisal District – popularly known as McAd.
|McLennan County Commissioner Kelly Snell|
Both deferred until a later time when members of the public became acutely aware of the process by which the nominees are selected, how the votes are apportioned among taxing entities of cities, school districts, and the County Commissioners Court and how the biennial rubber stamping process proceeds – the way it's been done for decades upon decades.
All of them use tax appraisal to write themselves checks, checks the property owners are obliged to cash – or else face punitive tax liens and litigation.
But it came to a screeching halt on Tuesday when County Commissioner Kelly Snell put his foot down for the second time in a subsequent election cycle and demanded that people who would like to be nominated for the job be vetted – in private because it's a personnel matter.
Nevertheless, two of the taxing entities did slow the process down for at least long enough to talk it over – with a difference.
County Commissioners make a big, fine salary – somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred grand a year.
City Councilmen are unpaid.
The unpaid city councilmen followed the salaried board's lead, and the rest is history.
Click here for the journalism of R.S. Gates, a social media activist who has compiled a Facebook rundown on how the nomination and election process is structured, and how it operates: