Update Feb. 26, 2014
Today, the Somervell County Hospital District declined our petition because 213 people did not have a city listed with their address. Not because those people were not registered, they were, but because they did not have a city on their address so the hospital district did not allow that registered voters signature to be valid. The hospital district board members are using this as an excuse not to have an election but they don't need a petition to call an election, they have the authority to do so without a petition, the petition just forces the issue as per the Texas Health and Safety Code: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/HS/htm/HS.286.htm#286.102
Sec. 286.102. DISSOLUTION. (a) A district may be dissolved as provided by this section.
(b) The board may order an election on the question of dissolving the district and disposing of the district's assets and obligations. The board shall order an election if the board receives a petition requesting an election that is signed by a number of residents of the district equal to at least 15 percent of the registered voters in the district.
Don't let them lie and say they 'can't' call an election, yes they can, the law says they MAY do so if they so choose! The board members that are choosing to not have an election are:
- Larry Shaw
- Gary Whittle
- Angie Robertson
- Bob Lancaster
- Walter Maynard
- Karen Burroughs
- Kenneth Ramsey
Now we need to move forward and do it again because they choose not to respect the wishes of the registered voters! We have come up with a new petition similar to the old one but with a few changes. The biggest change is taking out the wording about transferring it to the county because their lawyers were saying they could ignore that and do what they want anyway so we just took that whole section out to prevent it from being another tactic they use this next round. The other change was the format size so that people can now print it on their home printer on a standard 8x11 sheet of paper.
We will update this post with the status of the new petition as we move along so stay tuned and thank you for your support!
This is the petition, you can print it and drop it off at one of the businesses below! Fill it out completely, NO P.O. Boxes and be sure to include the City.
Where to Pick up, stop by to sign, or drop off a petition:
Glen Rose Auto Parts off the square on Barnard
The Red Barn on Hwy 67
or mail it in to PO Box 2640, Glen Rose, Texas 76043