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Smith County looking for public input to prioritize projects

Smith County looking for public input to prioritize projects
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POSTED: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 1:06pm

UPDATED: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 3:50pm

Smith County is seeking public input and priorities from citizens on all county related services and issues. Beginning March 3, a short questionnaire will be made available on the Smith County Website and Commissioners will hold a series of community meetings to encourage public input, information and ideas concerning county services. Smith County officials plan to use the information gathered during the Public Input Project for the upcoming budget year and in long-term comprehensive planning.

“We want to create an open platform for the citizens of Smith County to make their priorities known.” Smith County Judge Joel Baker said. “And in turn, use the information we receive to prioritize projects and create specific long term goals and measurements for county services.”

All citizens within Smith County are encouraged to fill out a short “Public Input Form” online at www.smith-county.com or at any of the community meetings scheduled in March and April. Citizens can also give input by calling their designated Precinct Commissioner directly at 903-590-4605.

“We know there are a lot of citizens who may have county related concerns, issues and ideas, but their schedule may not allow them to attend regular meetings of the Commissioners Court.” Commissioner JoAnn Hampton said. “We want to hear from everyone who has information or ideas and use that information to guide our decisions as we plan for the future of Smith County.”

The surveys, which can be filled out anonymously online, will be available to fill out electronically from Sunday, March 3 – April 9. Hard copies of the survey will be available at six community input meetings beginning on March 12 and lasting through April. Citizens can also pick up a “Community Input Form” at the County Courthouse Annex or contact their County Commissioner to receive a form via email.

The first five community input meetings will focus on individual precincts within the county. On Tuesday, April 9, the Community Input Project will conclude with a joint meeting for all precincts to attend and provide input. A complete schedule of 2013 Smith County Community Input Project meetings is available below:

2013 Smith County Community Input Project Meeting Schedule

Citizens are invited to meet their County Commissioner and give their input in person at any of the following community input meetings in their precincts or at a special community-wide meeting to be held on April 9.

· March 12 – Precinct 4 Community Input Meeting – 6 p.m. at 304 E. Ferguson, Tyler Texas.

· March 12 – Precinct 2 Community Input Meeting (in conjunction with Troup City Council Meeting) 6:30 p.m. at Troup ISD Administration Building.

· March 18 – Precinct 1 Community Input Meeting (in conjunction with Bullard City Council Meeting) 6:30 p.m. at Bullard City Hall

· March 26 – Precinct 2 Community Input Meeting (in conjunction with Whitehouse City Council Meeting) 6 p.m. at Whitehouse City Hall.

· March 28 – Precinct 1 Community Input Meeting (in conjunction with Noonday City Council Meeting) 7 p.m. at Noonday City Hall.

· April 9 – Countywide Call for Public Input Meeting – 6 p.m. at 304 E. Ferguson, Tyler, Texas.

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