The conservative, Christian candidate running against the incumbent for Wilson County, Texas Commissioner Pct. 3 today announced his key campaign issues and plans to “be the voice” for citizens in the community. Republican Ernest “Skip” Hajek, who has lived in the La Vernia area for more than 30 years, says he would “bring a professional approach and management to Precinct 3, to address all of the issues in a business-like environment, not business as usual for the last 50 years.”
Wilson County is currently running on a fiscal year budget of $24,548,242 as approved by county commissioners in August 2015. This is a leap from the previous year’s budget of $18,705,101. One of Hajek campaign issues is ‘Fiscal Responsibility” and plans to tackle this by conducting Due Diligence in “bids, purchasing, researching the availability of grant money to pay for various projects in the County, therefore minimizing the tax burden on the residents.”
“I’ve talked with many residents who are frustrated with road conditions around La Vernia and Sutherland Springs,” Hajek stated. “They have been told for years it’s not in the budget. It seems that after a while, someone could prepare a plan that would have a schedule that would allow for roads to be properly installed in increments, as the budget allows.”
“But building them properly from the beginning would stop waste of tax dollars by having to repair substandard work within a year of installation,” Hajek remarked. “Lasting four to five years without a repair frees the crews to begin the next scheduled project. With a schedule, residents would have an idea of when their road would be in the order, instead of wondering. This would free up the commissioners’ time to address the other important duties they are tasked with, including contracts, budget analysis, growth committees, and others.”
“Our roads need to be constructed properly initially to endure longer before maintenance or repairs are necessary,” added Hajek. “There are several methods that address proper installation, pothole repairs, crack repairs and resurfacing. All require proper preparation, which is not being performed today. Maintaining and repairing defects immediately improves the life of the road and is much less expensive than rebuilding it.”
Other primary issues Hajek wants to work on include:
First Responders. “Wilson County has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade. Along with the benefits of growth, come the challenges and issues, such as more traffic, increased narcotics activities, burglaries, thefts, for Law Enforcement, EMS and Fire Fighters. More training, better equipment and increased staffing levels are necessary to keep us and the officers safer.”
Taxes. “We need to establish a reasonable tax rate and adjust the budget accordingly. An annual review of the expenditures will assist in predicting future expenses and allow for elimination of unnecessary spending. Accurate estimates on future expenses, training staff to operate at maximum efficiency, and providing proper equipment for the tasks, will allow our tax dollar to be more cost effective allowing quality service at minimal overhead.”
Protect OUR natural resources. “We need to prevent other water districts from the water grab they propose every year, all benefitting them and not Wilson County Residents.”
Accountability and Transparency. Noting that at their Aug. 24, 2015 budget meeting, the commissioners did not have the benefit of citizen’s input, Hajek believes, as commissioner he would “welcome comments, complaints and suggestions. Implement a method of communication for residents to communicate their issues via email, text or phone.”
Hajek, smiled as he mentioned his children and grandchildren live in Wilson County, and wants to be the citizen’s “voice in Pct. 3 in the Wilson County Commissioner’s Court. I will make sure our Precinct receives its fair share of the annual County budget and is used as efficiently and as effectively as possible to help minimize the tax burden we all endure.”
A graduate of San Antonio’s McCollum High School, Hajek also studied at Texas A&M at Kingsville. Besides his business background, Hajek was well known as a criminal and civil investigator for the Law Offices of Maloney & Maloney for a number of years. He is currently an investigator in the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office.
Voters in Texas must present a valid ID, such as a driver license, military ID, or passport, to cast ballots. Election identification certificates can be obtained through the Texas Department of Public Safety, according to Eva S. Martinez of the Wilson County Election Office. Election day is Tuesday, March 1.
Early Voting by personal appearance will be held every weekday Tuesday, February 16th thru Friday, February 26, 2016 in the Election Office at the Wilson County Courthouse Annex III (previously the Floresville Primary School) located at 1103 4th Street in Floresville, Texas between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5 p.m., with extended hours and additional branch & mobile voting locations and hours as follows:
WILSON COUNTY ELECTION OFFICE
1103 4th Street, Floresville
Each weekday (2 weeks)
February 16, 2016 – February 26, 2016
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Additional extended hours at this location are Thursday, Feb. 18, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 20, at 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
LA VERNIA CITY HALL
102 E. Chihuahua Street, La Vernia
Friday, Feb. 19, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 20, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
POTH CITY HALL
200 Carroll Street, Poth
Thursday, Feb. 18, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
STOCKDALE COMMUNITY BUILDING
700 W. Main Street, Stockdale
Thursday, Feb. 18, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.