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Pro-con: Should Goliad change how it maintains roads?

By Sonny Long
Aug. 5, 2012 at 3:05 a.m.
Updated Aug. 6, 2012 at 3:06 a.m.


ROAD MAINTENANCE OPTIONS

The Texas Transportation Code defines five different road management systems available to counties in Texas. These include:

• Road Supervisor System - The county commissioners are the supervisors of the public roads in a county.

• Ex-officio Road Commissioner System (Precinct System) - The commissioner takes care of the roads in the commissioner's precinct.

•  Road Commissioner System - Allows commissioners to employ up to four road commissioners.

• Road Superintendent System - The court appoints a superintendent for the county or one superintendent for each precinct for a two-year term.

• County Road Department System - Commonly referred to as the unit system, this creates a county road department that includes the court as a policymaking body and the county road engineer as the chief executive officer.

PRO: System used in Bee County puts professionals in charge

CON: Would add new bureaucracy

An informal group of Goliad residents is studying whether to change how the county maintains its roads.

In the existing precinct system, a county commissioner is responsible for road maintenance in that precinct. In the unit maintenance system, all the county roads are under one county road department.

A petition, signed by at least 10 percent of the county's voters in the last election for governor, has to be presented to the commissioners court to put the question on the ballot.

Voters would then decide whether to change to the unit system.

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