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Press Release from Judge Scott Kniffen on June 19, 2019:

An anonymous letter is being circulated throughout Callahan County that is presented as a petition addressing the system of county road administration the county uses.  As time passes, rumors can gain momentum and the potential for misinformation rises every day this goes unaddressed. 

Callahan County fully supports its citizens rights to petition their government as guaranteed in the United States Constitution. 

Upon request, representatives of the Texas Association of Counties advised that information on the system of county road administration is found in the Transportation Code in Section 252.  The road superintendent system is specifically set out in Sections 252.201-252.206 of that Code. While your petition suggests holding an election to go to this system, there actually is no procedure in the law to force a countywide vote on this issue. The final determination of whether or not to change the county to the road superintendent system is left to the Commissioners Court in Section 252.203 of the Transportation Code. The petition evidences public support which the court may take into account on this issue. While there is no statutory form the petition must take, we would suggest that the elements of a petition set out in Chapter 277 of the Election Code would be the most useful for our review.

Callahan County supports and appreciates citizen involvement of all types.  Commissioners’ Court meetings are open to the public and we encourage everyone to attend. This is your government, funded by your tax dollars, and your input is important.  

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