County Commissioners


Letter to the editor

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Dear Editor,

Freestone County Commissioners Court hides behind the fact that they meet during the day when the people they should be representing are working. The court needs to meet on a specific night every month that does not change and set a specific time for citizens to get on the agenda, so the court can act on their requests. Call your commissioner and the judge and tell them you want this changed. Don't make Cinnamon bear this alone and do not do useless things like post "you go girl" that does nothing. Call, complain and participate in YOUR government!


County ups tax rate, adopts budget

The proposed 7 percent increase on the property tax rate was unanimously approved by commissioners last week. The tax rate is now .35947 – 2 cents higher than last year – and will bring in approximately $560,634 more in revenue.

County employees – several of whom have requested raises – were given only a 2 percent cost-of-living raise. Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Cinnamon Archibald has asked for her clerk’s pay to be raised every year during budget talks, as has County Clerk Linda Jarvis.


County talks closure of Pct. 1 voting box

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Like a scene out of the 1972 film Deliverance, the Liberty voting box stands at the intersection of County Roads 300 and 302 in the Butler area. Because the building is so neglected, commissioners are discussing the possibility of closing it down. Voters will not cast their votes at this box again until the March primaries in 2018.
Photo by April Walker

County commissioners are discussing the permanent closure of the Liberty voting box which stands at the intersection of County Roads 300 and 302 in the Butler area of precinct 1. The one-room building could use some renovation work, but Pct. 1 Commissioner Andy Bonner thinks it should be closed.
“There's no electricity, no restroom or air conditioning, the floor is rotting, it's not handicap accessible,” explained Precinct 1 Commissioner Andy Bonner at last week's county meeting. “It needs to be closed.”
Election judge Opal Oliver, however, disagrees.
“They're [the voters] wanting at least their voices heard,” said Opal. “They want to keep that box open. It would cost them to drive the 18 miles to Fairfield and the 18 miles back just to vote. That's an inconvenience.”
The Liberty voting box only saw 10 voters during the May run-off elections last year.

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