Candidate has commitment to integrity
BY DON POZZI
Feb. 21, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 20, 2014 at 8:21 p.m.
We have often heard that leaders are made, not born. Excellent leaders compare themselves with their goals, objectives and accomplishments. Excellent leaders constantly set higher standards and look toward future potential. I strive to reach the level of excellent leader every day in the decision-making responsibilities of county judge.
When I took office in 2003, we had a reserve fund of $860,000. We were one disaster away from a financial catastrophe, and it was fiscally irresponsible. Fortunately, the economic growth of our county has increased appraised values and brought new tax base, allowing the tax rate to remain the same while generating new revenue. These decisions and the increased values allowed Victoria County to successfully ride out the economic crisis of 2008, 2009 and 2010. These decisions allowed Victoria County to meet the continuing need for budget increases in law enforcement and the courts system, which comprise 60 percent of the total general fund budget.
Our county is growing. We are reaping great benefits from the Eagle Ford Shale. Caterpillar and its subcontractors have poured millions into our county and created hundreds of direct and indirect jobs. Local industrial plants are expanding. I am involved in economic development opportunities on an ongoing basis.
What I have achieved is a conservative approach to county government through the organization and cooperation of others to accomplish countywide goals. In the structure of county government, the county judge is only one vote; however, in my leadership role, my vote will always be in the best interest of Victoria County. I value the role county commissioners play in this process and am always mindful that without their help, none of this is possible.
The system of county government allows for a majority vote. Not one judge or commissioner can fund a program or department. It requires the recognition of value by a majority. The programs and departments this court has opted to fund in this budget and others reflects its desire to spend wisely on youth, the aged, public health, grant opportunities, the safety of our community and others. It is a part of the system in which your voice is also heard through the elections process.
You have a choice in this election - experience, leadership, honesty, integrity and a proven record of conservative values, or my opponent with little understanding of how local county government functions. This is not Washington, D.C., nor do we want it to be.
Obviously, my space is limited in this report to the public taxpayers. What is not limited is my desire to answer your questions or speak to you individually in any area or service of county government.
I am proud of my tenure as county judge. I am proud of the ability of the commissioners court to work within our financial means, to express its priorities and to ultimately vote its convictions. I will continue to serve with integrity - a goal from my first day in office through the present term.
Don Pozzi is the current Victoria County judge. He is running for re-election in the Republican Party primary on March 4. Voters can reach him with questions and comments at 361-575-4558.