Petition to affect Fisher County

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A petition is going around Fisher County that could change the way county roads are maintained, that is, provided the petition can gather enough signatures to make the November ballot and muster enough votes to win the election.

It is unknown at present where the petition originated or the individual(s) responsible for its creation. The implications of the petition, however, could have a major impact on the future operations regarding county roads across the entire county.

The document, drafted by “qualified and duly registered voters of Fisher County,” is petitioning the Fisher County Commissioners Court to put the answer to the question of adopting the option to create a county road and bridge department in the hands of the voters. The creation of such a department is a road management system outlined in the Texas Transportation Code.

The system is more commonly referred to as the “unit system” and requires signatures tallying at least 10% of the total number of votes cast in the last gubernatorial election. This means the petitioners a looking to gather at least 148 signatures of registered voters before filing the petition with the clerk’s office.

Currently, Fisher County operates on the Ex Officio Road Commissioner System as outlined in Chapter 252.001 of the code.

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