Letter in response to Kerr County "too fat"
I read the article entitled "Kerr County Weighs in "too fat"". I work in the tax
assessors office and have done the research for Ms. Rector on the counties Commissioner Nicholson was comparing
us to. I have some things you might want to consider when doing your comparisons for any future articles regarding this
First - Kerr County collects for 16 taxing jurisdictions.
does not collect, their appraisal district does the collections.
Second - Our office does voter registration.
Lamar County does not. The county clerk does it.
Third - We registered 48,786 vehicles in 2004.
County registered 48,952. (166 more)
Fourth - We have a sub-station in Ingram. We do everything there that we do at
doesn't have a substation.
Fifth - We have 12 employees total (including the sub-station). Many of which are
cross trained to cover other than their particular daily duties.
has 5 employees doing only motor vehicle duties.
Sixth - Kerr County's salaries are a little more than Lamar's. They have
2 chief deputies and we have one. Considering the duties we perform as opposed to the ones they perform our salaries are in
There are duties for each office that have been set out by the Texas Constitution.
Our office still does all we were given by law. Many tax offices throughout the state have given up some of their
constitutional duties to other offices.
I gave you the information on Lamar county since that's what you used for your
article. We would like to know that the information being printed in your newsletter is accurate.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either Ms. Rector or
Diane Bolin, Chief Deputy
Kerr County Tax Office
Letter regarding Butt-Holdsworth Library
As I understand it, the cost of maintaining the Butt-Holdsworth library is supposed to be shared 50/50 between the
City of Kerrville and Kerr County, but recently the Commissioners' Court balked at paying its share due to an impression that
the library's services were not worth the money.
I have used public libraries nearly all my life. One of
the first things I did when I moved to Kerrville in 1972 was to get a library card. When I was stationed in the Navy
in Kodiak, Alaska in 1956 I belonged to a book club and accumulated a number of books. When my tour was over I donated
the books to the Kodiak Public Library, then housed in a small Quonset hut. But when I returned for a visit some 30
years later, what a joy it was to see the new public library, now housed in a building like ours. I was even able to
locate some of the books I gave them, showing evidence of much use in the intervening years!
The computer has made its appearance, and patrons of the library make good use of the several terminals. Looking
at the users' screens, I saw everyone engaged in honest research in sites like Wikipedia or reading
the websites of newspapers from all over the world.
Having said that, I still prefer to read a book that I hold in my lap while seated in a comfortable chair at home.
The presence of the computer terminals has not diminished the library's circulation one bit! I sometimes find things
left in books. These are usually things like envelopes that people had been using as bookmarks and then forgotten about.
And the library is no more a home for vagrants than any other public place. Laws against vagrancy and loitering
have been declared unconstitutional. In essence, we must recognize what an asset to the community we have, and ignore
a few minor flaws.
John J.B. Miller
To read article on the Butt-Holdsworth Library debate