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OPINION: WHAT THE HEY IS GOING ON?

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By Ron Munden -- ron@easttexasexposed.com -- October 23, 2018


By Ron Munden – October 23, 2018

On September 12, 2018, I wrote an article titled, “OPINION: ARE THE MARSHALL CITY COMMISSIONERS ABOUT TO VIOLATE ONE OF THEIR OWN ORDINANCES?”.

The article discussed Ordinance Section 2-12. This ordinance requires that at least 25% of the city sales taxes be spent on street maintenance. I pointed out that if the City Commissioners approved the proposed 2019 city budget without repealing Section 2-12, the City Commissioners would be violating their own ordinance.

I left town before the meeting but I understand that there was a public outcry against repealing Section 2-12 so the City Commissioners did not repeal the ordinance, but they did pass a 2019 budget that did violate Section 2-12.

So, the answer to the question above appears to be – yes, the commissioners did violate their own ordinance.

Fast forward 6 weeks.

The agenda for the October 24 City Commission contains the following items:

8. EXECUTIVE SESSION

A. An Executive Session pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code under Section 551.074 Personnel Matters: Discussion related to matters concerning the position of acting City Attorney.

B. Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, Section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code – Consultation with Attorney on a matter in which the duty of the Attorney to the governmental Body under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with this chapter.

1. Discussion of matters related to City of Marshall Code of Ordinances Section 2-12. - Annual sales tax appropriation for street projects.

9. ACTION ITEM FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE SESSION

A. Consider taking action, if the City Commission desires to do so, as a result of Executive Session discussion related to matters concerning the position of acting City Attorney.

B. Consider taking action, if the City Commission desires to do so, as a result of Executive Session discussion of matters related to City of Marshall Code of Ordinances Section 2-12. - Annual sales tax appropriation for street projects.

What’s going on?

Does the City Commission think that enough time has passed so Commissioners feel that they can repeal Section 2-12 now and avoid another outcry from the citizens?

Or is it something more complicated?

It was my understanding that City Commissioner Halliday has requested that the 5 City Commissioners who voted for the 2019 be cited for violating Section 2-12. When reached by phone Commissioner Halliday said, “My intent is not to have the other commissioners cited. My intent is to have the 2019 budget modified and money added to street maintenance so that the City will be following the ordinance Section 2-12.”

Are these items related to that action? Marshall’s citizens might want to keep a close eye on what happens at the City Commission Meeting on Thursday night.

Better yet -- concerned citizens should go the the City Commission meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. and express their outrage that the City Commission is cutting spending for street repairs.

Marshall, Texas’ palace intrigue continues.


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