The Letter to The Editor below was published several months ago in the Pilot Point Post Signal, in Pilot Point, TX, which is my local newspaper, and a good one I might add - I think it is relevant to run again here.
You hear a lot today about government officials who do what they want without regard to the people that they’re supposed to represent. We have officials who act as though they’re above the law and won’t be held accountable for their actions. They have lost touch with the people and change laws to benefit themselves personally. There are a growing number of paid bureaucrats layered between you and your officials to ensure that you can’t access them. They say one thing in public and do another when no one is looking. You may think I am referring to the politics of Washington, D.C., but you don’t have to look any further than your local city hall to find these sort of actions.
In Aubrey the local government is cooking the books to squeeze a few more tax dollars out of their citizens. While the Aubrey citizens are getting fleeced by their elected officials, there was one citizen present at the first public hearing on the tax rate. During the last local election in Aubrey, there were two elected positions that were uncontested and only around 14% of the registered voters turned out. This is what happens when good people sit idly by.
Next door to Aubrey, we find that Krugerville has not had the legally required annual financial audits in many years, and there’s apparently enough funds missing from the kitty to prompt an investigation from the Texas Rangers. Fortunately for the people of Krugerville, there’s some new blood on their city council. The new members on city council will no doubt change the community culture for the good.
A few miles up the road in Pilot Point, there is the controversy over the forced annexation and whether it was legal. Many who were annexed apparently are upset over this matter and disappointed to learn that there are some questions to the legitimacy of the annexation. Unfortunately for them, to fight the annexation would be very expensive and to add insult to injury the city would be using tax dollars to fight their own residents. I wonder how many of those annexed, voted in the last local election. Why haven’t they ran for city council themselves?
I hope that people understand that the local government has a significant influence over their lives. This is also the level that can make the most difference. Winning a local election is affordable and practical. We likely will have little influence on what happens in Washington, D.C., but we can change what is happening in our own backyard. If you don’t want to run for local office, at least go to meetings and meet your mayor and council. It will be intuitively obvious which officials care and which ones have their own agendas in mind; support the ones who truly care. If you want to see a change in the way things are being done, you have to be that change. Get involved one way or the other, because you can see what happens when you don’t. You might have to miss an occasional episode of Dancing With the Stars, but you can make a difference.