DeWitt County sees increase in registered voters
By Allison Flores
The Cuero Record
With early voting underway for the 2020 general election, the DeWittCounty Elections Office noted that the county has seen an increase in registered voters at last Monday’s County Commissioners meeting.
During the May 2020 run-off election, DeWitt County saw 11,669 registered voters; that number has since jumped up to 12,113 for the general election, which takes place on Nov. 3. Commissioners urge registered voters to utilize their rights and get out and vote!
Early voting for the 2020 General Election will be at the DeWitt County Annex located at 115 North Gonzales Street from Monday, Oct. 13 through Monday, Oct. 26. Anyone who is registered to vote in DeWitt County can vote during the in-person early voting times.
The early voting times and dates are as follows:
Tuesday, Oct. 13 and Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. (open through lunch hour)
Thursday, Oct. 15 and Friday, Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. (open through hour)
Monday, Oct. 19 through Friday, Oct. 23 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. (open through lunch hour)
Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 25 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. (open through lunch hour)
Moving along the agenda, Commissioners received the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget from the DeWitt County Drainage District No. 1 as presented by Doug Sethness. Sethness also mentioned that the organization applied for a grant from the Texas Water Development
Board Flood Infrastructure Fund to assist in the ability to forecast flooding in the area. The drainage district would like to create a system of gauges along various drainage canals and down to the river and a technical program that would forecast flooding areas based on data received.
Sethness noted that the program would cost about $210,000 and the grant applied for from the TWDB would receive approximately $124,000; the district would need to raise the remainder of the funds.
While Sethness did ask for support from the county, whether it be monetary or in-kind donations, the county was not given a long enough time frame regarding deadlines with the TWDB to discuss the matter further. The drainage district will continue with its plans to create a system to forecast potential flooding to DeWitt County.
Commissioners authorized County Judge Daryl Fowler to submit a letter of support on behalf of the Commissioners Court encouraging the Texas Historical Commission to accept the Stagecoach Inn, located in Concrete into their Historic Sites Program based on its historic location between Indianola and Austin, of which the Inn would have been a prime point of interest for those moving from/to the area.
DeWitt County Tax Assessor-Collector Ashely Mraz presented Commissioners with the 2020 DeWitt County tax roll, which is expected to be $21,723,505. As explained, this is what the tax statements have been issued for and are subject to change as corrections and supplements may come from the DeWitt County Appraisal District. For the 2020 DeWitt County Road and Bridge Roll, Mraz stated that the expecting values are $4,637,687.