After much debate, the Joshua City Council voted 4-1 to approve a resolution nominating Johnson County residents Toby Ford and Amy Lingo to the board of directors of the county’s Central Appraisal District during Thursday night’s meeting.
Council members Rick DePriest, Mike Kidd, Robert Purdom and Scott Kimble voted for the resolution, with Mayor Pro-tem Jerry Moore voting against and councilwoman Angela Nichols abstaining. The mayor’s seat remains vacant.
Former Mayor Kenny Robison stepped down earlier this year after having served only two months. A special election for the mayor’s seat has been called, which will be decided Saturday.
Ford is already serving on the CAD board. The council gave 27 votes each to Ford and Lingo.
During the public forum section of the meeting, Grandview resident Craig Hundley, who founded the Texas Nonpartisan Political Group from the Horse Barn Facebook group, asked for the council to vote for several of the nominees supported by his group.
The group push for property tax reform, according to its web page. Members wish to “abolish property taxes completely so that we, as true Texans, can own our property free and clear of any county, school, city or state government from having any power over our property.”
Hundley asked the council to vote for either Billy Baynes, Paul Jones, Lingo or Shane McNeel.
Council members debated Hundley’s request for several minutes with their discussions growing heated at times.. After about 10 minutes of debate, however, the council voted to split the 54 votes they have to cast between Ford and Lingo.