The Williamson County River Ranch County Park will soon have a new addition thanks to a 3-1 vote of County Commissioners on Tuesday.
A 2 minute discussion in Commissioners Court was initiated on item #28 Tuesday regarding the build of a $382,171.75 custom home with your tax dollars. Why is this important? The home is being built on the park for a county employee to live in rent free.
The excuse for the build was having an employee be “onsite” to watch over the park. Many of our MUD’s contract with the Sheriff’s Department for added patrols so why not utilize them and save money? A park employee, even if they observed criminal activity, could do nothing but call 911 and have the Sheriff’s deputies respond.
The most disturbing part of the interaction was describing the build as not being “elaborate”. $382,171.75, for a custom home ranks as “elaborate” to most who are paying for a home with their own funds and not tax dollars.
While the vast majority of Williamson County residents struggle to put gas in their car or make their mortgage payment for their own modest home, we are now taxed with this boondoggle. And we wonder why Williamson County is 1.3 billion in debt.