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Letter in response to Kerr County "too fat"
7/20/05
 
Editor,
 
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 subject.
 
First - Kerr County collects for 16 taxing jurisdictions.
           Lamar County 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.
             Lamar County registered 48,952. (166 more)
 
Fourth - We have a sub-station in Ingram. We do everything there that we do at the Courthouse.
            Lamar County 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.
             Lamar 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 line.
 
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 myself.
 
Sincerely,
Diane Bolin, Chief Deputy
Kerr County Tax Office

 

 

Letter regarding Butt-Holdsworth Library

 

Editor:

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

Kerrville, Texas

 

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