GCC bond election meeting held Thursday

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SHERMAN -- It’s been just under two weeks since the Grayson County College bond issue. After a recount, county commissioners say they were flooded with phone calls from residents. They decided to hold a special meeting to give citizens a chance to voice their concerns about the election process.

A standing-room only crowd met in at the Grayson County Courthouse today to discuss the college bond election process.

Each speaker addressed the confusion many voters faced when trying to find the appropriate voting place and called for change.

Initially, Judge Drue Bynum suggested tabling the resolution the commissioners prepared, but the court ended up approving it.

The resolution asks the college board of trustees to consider a re-vote.

It also calls for an inter-local agreement between cities and counties to consolidate elections minimizing polling confusion in the future.

"There were a lot of things that everyone in the room agreed on. There was a really healthy debate and it's a really good dialogue for the two groups to have," said Shelle Cassell of Grayson County College.

Mark Washburn of Whitesboro added, "I’m glad they had this meeting so the people can air their concerns. The college people were there so answer some questions, and now they can work together to fix things."

Grayson County College president Alan Scheibmeir spoke today and said the majority of voters approved the bond so the college plans to move forward with their plans.

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  • by Bud Location: Denison on Jun 1, 2007 at 08:03 AM
    Richie, you don't know what you are talking about. One of the committee members pays $6.57 tax to GCC on property valued at over $106,733. I pay over 22 time that amount on property valued at $101,083.
  • by Anonymous on May 30, 2007 at 07:06 PM
    Richie, your reasoning is absurd. They pay more simply because they have more. Just because they shot themselves in the foot don't make their point of view better. This is America bub. We have the right to scream to high heaven about injustice.
  • by jim Location: whitewright on May 29, 2007 at 01:38 PM
    High property are caused my voter apathy. We need to do away with the appraisal tax board. CA has none. The value on your house is set at the time of sell and remains the same until you sell it. That is the true value. Please call the Texas Governor,local state representatives. Let us dismantle the appraisal board brick by brick
  • by jim Location: whitewright on May 29, 2007 at 01:16 PM
    Spoke to Mr. Waldrip today.The resolution is "dead in the water." Thank God. Now let us go about the business of changing our county commissioners. Please call: David Whitlock,Gene Short,and Jack Crisp. Please state very clearly that you will Never Never vote for them again.
  • by Grayson County Voter Location: Grayson County on May 29, 2007 at 11:35 AM
    If you think I am a wise grasshopper, Richie, know this: Waldrip was one of those who pushed for the meeting behind closed doors. He was yelling the loudest against the bond issue and the polling site inconveniences. You have to say this for the other three on the court: at least they were honest in the public meeting. But Waldrip is too much of a politico and spin doctor to not see what was happening at the public meeting.
  • by Richie Location: Sherman on May 28, 2007 at 07:36 PM
    Larry, the interesting thing about your tax concerns is, that most of the committee members that supported the bond election, are people who own MULTIPLE properties around the county. THEY are the kind of people who shoulder the greatest burden, yet they supported the bond because they recognize the value of the college to the region. It seems that the folks that bear the least burden are the ones that scream the loudest.
  • by Richie Location: Sherman on May 28, 2007 at 07:29 PM
    "Grayson County Voter" is wise grasshopper. The whole meeting was a farce. Johnny Waldrip was the only one with the cajones to speak the truth. Of course, he isn't owned by the powermongers either. Way to go Johnny !
  • by Grayson County Voter Location: Grayson County on May 28, 2007 at 02:58 PM
    If Bynum was not going to support the resolution, why did he sign and have posted the agenda for the Special Meeting in the first place? The answer is "Because he agrees with the Commissioners and supported having the inappropriate meeting behind closed doors" but chickened-out at the meeting. We were hoping for a new Judge with the courage of his convictions. Instead we got a naive, inexperienced 30-something year old, political opportunist. If he thought it was the wrong thing to do, why did he support the meeting in the first place? Who sees the handwriting on the wall? We will now get a private jail facility because GCCC will be unable to float a bond issue in this county for a county funded facility. Great leadership, Bynum. You just limited our options with your grandstanding.
  • by jim Location: whitewright on May 28, 2007 at 05:24 AM
    jack crisp or gene short stated we are havibg this meeting to honor our troops in Iraq. What about the veterans who voted for the bond? Does their vote not count? There is no Grayson county district judge who will touch this issue,because there are no merits. That is truly why the neeting was held. The bond passed. let us move on.
  • by jim Location: whitewright on May 27, 2007 at 07:24 PM
    The issue would pass if voted on again. All the students did not get a chance to vote because of finals and graduation. The bogus county commissioner court are trying to steal the election. One Man One Vote. That is the law.
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