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February 21, 2014

Election Q&A: Johnston, Westley vie for Anderson County Judge




The County will need to overcome the loss of revenue due to the depleting oil and gas reserves. The collection of taxes, fines and fees are the ways the county funds its operation. To prevent increasing taxes we must increase jobs through attracting viable new businesses, or expansion of existing businesses, and do a better job of collecting the funds owed to the county. We must work with the PEDC, Chamber of Commerce and cities to attract viable businesses which will increase the tax base. The implementation of a warrant officer to enforce the judgments can help provide additional revenue.


Q: What can be done to enhance economic development in Anderson County?


I ran the first time with the promise of pursuing economic development and have been very successful in that task. I have formed strategic relationships with the City of Palestine and PEDC to form a strong team with the knowledge required to bring large companies to Anderson County. My relationships with our legislators and TxDOT have made our team even stronger. Serving on the various boards has taught me where to go for help that is needed to put presentations together for prospective companies. My continued service as County Judge will keep this team together working for the residents of Anderson County.


Anderson County possesses sufficient land and water resources needed by businesses. With the expansion to Highways 155 and 79 we are able to handle increased traffic flow which is vital to growth. These qualities must be presented to businesses we would like to have move into the area. We have to balance the job increase with the impact on our county as a whole. We should be willing to use existing incentives coupled with our unique landscape and resources to entice companies who share our values to invest in our communities within the county.

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