No more Public Comment? Commissioner-elect Helton says “Absolutely yes!!”

By Mark Thomason, Publisher: Throughout the past year the Fannin County Board of Commissioners have heard lots of concerns and little praise from the public. Issues involving some county workers being paid vacation time illegally, cash being unaccounted for within the recreation department, and county equipment being used on non-county projects are just some examples of how the public has helped keep tax payer dollars in check.  Most of these issues ended up being legitimate concerns and once the county looked deeper into them, they corrected the problems. However it…

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Budget Hearing Held in Fannin

By Mark Thomason, Publisher: It marked the first time in history Tuesday night that elected officials were asked to publicly explain their 2017 proposed budgets and did so. Prior to the bimonthly Fannin County Board of Commissioners meeting a host of individuals were on hand to present the commission board as well as the public with detailed accounts of their upcoming years budget. Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby opened the meeting as he asked the commission board to please consider improving nearly a $400000 increase in his budget. Kirby said…

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