Readers recently shared their thoughts after department heads discussed budget requests during Johnson County Commissioners Court.

Nan Whitworth Underwood Thank you for addressing the concerns on the request for increase tax money in county vehicles. Concerns also on city vehicles should be the same. All need to stop driving them on personal business and help save tax payer money. I also would like to know what The M.E. makes now, 15,000 just seems like a lot of money.

Richard Clark Can somebody please clarify whether the County Constables doing school traffic control is part of their normal duty or is this off duty work that is being paid by the schools? My understanding was that this was part of their normal duty and the fact that Precinct 4 Constables do traffic control in Precinct 2 at the schools on 1902 was because the Precinct 2 Constables refused to it.

Chase Kinman Directing traffic for Joshua ISD at the middle school off of 731 (PCT. 4) and the two schools off of 1902 are considered off duty and get paid by Joshua ISD not by the county. With them directing traffic at these intersections has prevented multiple accidents and gotten the students to school in a timely manner. Which is important to students and parents. Pct 4 has been directing traffic for Joshua ISD for several years now. 

What some people don’t understand is that just because you work for a constable office doesn’t mean your jurisdiction stops at the precinct line. You have jurisdiction throughout the entire county.

Constable Adam Crawford No department can guarantee to have an officer in the same place at the same time, day after day, like the schools need. Therefore, schools will hire off-duty officers to direct traffic everyday at the same times. It’s the only way to guarantee someone to be there. As long as there is a public interest being served by the government vehicle being used in a public place, then the government vehicle may be used. Government vehicles can’t be used on private property for private purposes. The Burleson Officers you see directing traffic at schools on East Renfro are not on the city’s clock. They are off-duty and using the public cars for the public’s benefit. Likewise when you see a police vehicle at the movie theater, construction zone on the highway or even the walmart parking lot while it’s closed for Christmas, those are government vehicles, being used by Off-Duty Officers. Furthermore, the Pct 2 Constable (me) has never been asked to direct traffic for the Joshua Schools. If they were to ask, I would suggest them to find some off-duty officers to do it, cause we don’t have the resources to provide that service. I have never refused any service I’m obligated to perform.

Art Robertson I do not understand this BS about growth and inability to keep up. If the county is growing , more business and more people aren’t they going to pay taxes too? Looks to me like that should cover the cost of growth. If we cannot afford growth quit handing out permits. Gary Studdard Maybe they should just concentrate on “basic services.”

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