Chris Hill picks up big endorsement in race for county judge

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Allen West joining Chris Hill at Omni Frisco at The Star for reception, announcement on Oct. 26

Friends of Collin County Commissioner Chris Hill are hosting a fund-raising reception for
Chris Hill. The featured special guest for the afternoon will be former U.S. Congressman and retired Lt. Col. Allen West.

Lt. Col. Allen West

Allen West has spent his life in the service of America, serving most notably as a US Army lieutenant colonel and a Republican member of the US House of Representatives.

During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.

In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.

West serves as a Fox News Contributor, and is the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas.

Allen West and his wife, Angela, have two daughters and live in North Texas.

Friends of Chris Hill will have a VIP Guided Tour of The Star at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 with Allen West.

At 5:30 p.m., there will be a Special VIP Reception with Allen West.
The general reception will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 26.

Register for the Chris Hill reception

The new Omni Frisco Hotel at The Star is situated at 11 Cowboys Way, Frisco, Texas 75034.

The Hill Family of McKinney TX

Chris Hill is a sixth-generation native Texan, and a fourth-generation resident of Collin County.

In the early 1900s, his great-great-grandfather was a Collin County farmer in the same precinct Hill represents as county commissioner. Hill has been married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, for 20 years. Today, they live in McKinney with their three children.

Before his election as county commissioner, Hill served as an Executive Pastor, and worked as a corporate accountant and controller in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

As the first in his family to graduate from college, Hill earned a Bachelor of Political Science degree from Texas A&M University at Commerce, a Master of Pastoral Leadership degree from Columbia Biblical Seminary, a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University, and a Master of Accounting and Information Management degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.

The Hill family attends and volunteers regularly at Christ Fellowship church in McKinney. He is a member of the Rotary Club of McKinney, the Kiwanis Club of McKinney, the Texas Home School Coalition, and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He serves on the board of directors for The Samaritan Inn and Minuteman Disaster Response. Hill is an Eagle Scout and a member of MENSA.

In both of his campaigns for county commissioner (2012 and 2016), Chris Hill pledged that he would pursue limited government, low taxes, and excellence in every aspect of county government. In his first four years as commissioner, Collin County reduced the property tax rate four consecutive times. Today, Collin County has the No. 1 lowest county property tax rate of all 254 Texas counties and is a leader in the state of Texas in economic opportunity and county government efficiency.

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Angela Paxton moving quickly to build relationships across North Texas

Chances are you will run into Angela Paxton if you live in Collin County.

She has been spotted meeting with local leaders in Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano, and she will be working her way around until the next election day as she runs for Texas State Senate.

Congressman Sam Johnson and Angela Paxton

Congressman Sam Johnson: “As a long time and dedicated member of our community, Angela Paxton has never backed away from championing the conservative cause with grace and courage. A fierce and proven warrior for the values that we hold dear – faith, freedom, and family – I am honored to call Angela a true friend, a sister in Christ, and an asset to the community.”

Angela Paxton said: “I don’t know anyone who has personally sacrificed more to protect our freedoms than Sam Johnson. Like so many, I’m honored to know and respect this great man. But to be known so kindly in return is a treasure hard to express. Thank you, Congressman Sam Johnson, for your service and for your confidence in me.”

Angela Paxton gathering with local State Reps: Scott Sanford, Matt Shaheen and Jeff Leach.

Scott Sanford, Angela Paxton, Matt Shaheen and Jeff Leach

Been there … Asian Republican Club of North Texas … Collin County Lincoln Society … Republican Club at Heritage Ranch … DFWPAC picnic … Collin County Young Republicans …Greater North Texas Republican Women … Empower Texans … Collin County GOP executive meeting … Stay tuned …

Here’s one of her first announcements …

CollinCountyMagazine.com never endorses candidates. This story is reporting Paxton has picked up the endorsements of  county commissioners Susan Fletcher, Chris Hill, Duncan Webb and Cheryl Williams along with State Representatives Jodie Laubenberg, Leach, Sanford and Shaheen.

 

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Collin County storm cleanup update from Chris Hill

From Collin County Commissioner Chris Hill
Friends,
I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who has been actively assisting in the recovery efforts. We opened the Collin County Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Farmersville TX yesterday, and the response has been tremendous. More than 140 volunteers registered at the resource center, and I’m aware of dozens more who have been helping families directly. Additionally, several construction companies volunteered personnel and heavy equipment to assist in the debris cleanup yesterday and today, which will continue throughout the weekend and next week. Our community has truly come together in a significant way to help those in need. As a direct result of the generosity of our community, we’ve been able to actively assist dozens of families affected by the storms.
Sincerely,

Collin County to Pay Landfill Disposal Fees for Storm Debris

Collin County residents may bring debris from the December 26 storm to the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) landfill near Melissa free of charge, according to the schedule below. A current drivers license or utility bill is required to prove residency, and staff will be on hand to verify residency and that debris is storm-related. Residents will need to be prepared to unload the debris on their own.

Residents driving pick-ups with trailers will be allowed in at no charge. However, the NTMWD has determined that large flatbed trucks, box trucks, roll-off trucks, dump trucks and construction vehicles will not qualify for free dropoff, and will be required to pay the normal rate for disposal.

NTMWD Storm Recovery Free Hours
Saturday, January 2: 8am – 3pm
Monday, January 4 – Friday, January 8: 7am – 5pm
Saturday, January 9: 7am – 3pm *
Saturday, January 16: 7am – 3pm *

* Help will be available at the landfill on these days to unload debris

 

Storm Damage Map provided by County Commissioner Chris Hill

Tornado damage in Collin County TX

Photo by Chris Hill
Tornado – Collin County TX – Dec. 26, 2015 – Photo by Chris Hill

County Commissioner Chris Hill: “Spent the afternoon with County Judge Keith Self surveying the damage across Collin County. The National Weather Service confirmed that two tornadoes (an EF2 in Copeville and an EF0/1 in Blue Ridge) touched down last night, causing three fatalities in the county. Around 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, Judge Self officially authorized a disaster declaration for the county.

Hill said, “I’m proud of our North Texas communities that pull together in times like this. If you’d like to help, I encourage you to donate to First Baptist Church of Farmersville or Minuteman Disaster Response in McKinney.”

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Collin County TX tornado - Photo by Chris Hill
Tornado – Collin County TX – Photo by Chris Hill
Collin County TX tornado - Photo by Chris Hill
Tornado – Collin County TX – Photo by Chris Hill

 

County Judge Keith Self: “I just returned from a tour of the areas struck by the tornados. Preliminary assessment is an EF-2 struck Copeville and north of Copeville and perhaps an EF-1 struck the Blue Ridge area. I signed a Disaster Declaration and sent it to the Governor. Our prayers are with those who lost loved ones. Our thanks are with the first responders who acted quickly to support our citizens.”

Chris Hill: Tomorrow at noon, we will activate the Collin County Disaster Resource Center, a multi-agency resource center providing coordinated assistance services to those in need. The Resource Center will be staged at the First Baptist Church of Farmersville (124 South Washington Street, Farmersville, Texas 75442).

If you or someone you know need assistance, this will be a central location for supplies, support services, and volunteers. Representatives from the county and state representative offices will be on-site as well.

This will also be a central location for anyone interested in providing resources or volunteering to help with clean up and recovery.

Please note that while some items are in short supply, other items have already been received in abundance. Before delivering supplies to the Resource Center, please contact the Collin County Emergency Management Department at 972-548-4383.

Collin County Commissioner Chris Hill elected as chairman by TAPS Public Transit board of directors

The TAPS Public Transit (Texoma Area Paratransit System, Inc.) elected new officers at a special meeting of the Board of Directors held on Oct. 7.

The TAPS Board of Directors elected Chris Hill as chairman.
The TAPS Board of Directors elected Chris Hill as chairman.

The Board of Directors elected Chris Hill, chairman; Bill Magers, vice-chairman; and Spanky Carter, secretary/treasurer, effective immediately.

Chris Hill, a Collin County Commissioner, replaces outgoing chairman, Jay Davidson. Hill joined the TAPS board in May 2013 and has been vice-chairman since November 2014.

Magers joined the TAPS board in January 2015. Magers is Grayson County Judge and former mayor of Sherman, Texas.

Carter joined the TAPS board in September 2011. Carter is Fannin County Judge.

Tim Patton, Interim CEO/Executive Director, said he looks forward to working with the board and its new leadership during this difficult time for the transportation agency.

“This board is strong and independent; that’s what TAPS needs right now,” Patton said. “My staff and I are ready to work with the board to get this agency back where it needs to be, providing dependable public transportation.”

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Chris Hill: Collin County Budget Update sees third straight year of property tax rate cuts

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Collin County Budget Update
Third consecutive year of property tax rate cuts
Last week, the commissioners court adopted the official budget and property tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year. Here are some of the highlights from the adopted budget:

  • FY 2016 Combined (total) Budget: $310.2 million (FY 2015: $301.5 million)
  • FY 2016 Operating Funds: $208.9 million (FY 2015: $191.8 million)
  • FY 2016 Debt Service Funds: $52.3 million (FY 2015: $45.5 million)
  • FY 2016 All Other Funds: $49 million (FY 2015: $64.2 million)
  • Total property values (countywide) increased 7.6% year-over-year, for existing properties
  • New construction (countywide) added an additional 3.2% in property values
  • The average home value in Collin County is now $285,292, up from $257,767 last year
  • The commissioners court lowered the property tax rate for the third consecutive year, from $0.235 to $0.225. This marks the 23rd consecutive year that Collin County has gone without a property tax increase!
  • You can view the full budget report online at www.CollinCountyTX.gov
This Week in Commissioners Court
Here are some topics from this week’s agenda:

  • Public hearing on the FY 2016 preservation, restoration and records archive plan (Presented by the District Clerk)
  • Presentation and adoption of the county mental health plan
  • Presentation and adoption of the revised county travel policy

As always, you can join us on Mondays at 1:30pm, in person or online.

Sincerely,
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