Judge Carol Bush’s Conservative Results


Taxes & Budget

  • Lower 2017 Tax Rate – Lowest since 2010
  • Tax Rate is in lowest 15% of all 254 Texas Counties
  • Refunded bonds resulting in $7 million tax savings
  • Secured a consistent AA bond rating from Moody’s and Fitch – “Robust Financial Position”


Increased Public Safety

  • Increased funding to Sheriff’s department
  • Increased staffing in Fire Marshal’s Office to inspect hazardous material sites
  • Voted to adopt County Fire Code in 2012 that allows inspection of hazardous material locations
  • Enhanced Emergency Management Office that responded to 2015 flooding and tornado.
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) to assist First Responders and public with information about hazardous material locations
  • New communication tower and upgraded First Responder communication system
  • Secured over $7.4 million funding to repair high hazard dams


Protecting Property Rights

  • As NCTCOG Regional Transportation Council member, only NO vote against high-speed rail that threatens our property rights
  • Voted for and signed letter to TECQ against the illegal dumping of bio-waste in our County


Smart Managed Growth

  • As a member of the Regional Transportation Council, secured  over $200 million in transportation dollars to fund critical road projects across the County and Interstate 35 
  • Worked with community leaders and City Mayors to promote infrastructure improvements and responsible economic development
  • Worked with community leaders to bring additional higher education and vocational  opportunities to our County


Economic Development

  • Voted to give tax incentives to Triumph Aerospace that has resulted in 400 plus new jobs in Red Oak and the relocation of their international headquarters to Red Oak, Texas
  • Voted to sell vacant downtown Waxahachie County buildings to Jim Lake and Company that has resulted in new retail and mixed-use development
  • Voted to update the County thoroughfare plan for infrastructure assessment and cohesive planning across the County


Open Government and Transparency

  • Open door policy to meet with Ellis County citizens
  • Financial transparency awards
  • Voted to webcast Commissioners Court meetings
  • Commissioners court agenda backup information now online


New and Upgraded County Facilities

  • Added satellite offices for Veterans Services
  • New Elections Office
  • New Ennis Sub Courthouse
  • New Courtroom and Offices in Courts & Administration Building
  • Additions at County Farm Complex

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