Interest abounds as Killeen voters have seven weeks to recall (TX)

Though many Killeen residents seem quite aware of the upcoming Nov. 8 recall election, Killeen Tax Payers for Responsible and Accountable Governance are continuing efforts to keep voters informed about issues surrounding the upcoming election.

“The phone keeps ringing, e-mails keep coming in.  People haven’t forgotten about the Connie Green issue and because of this, suspicions run high with regard to other council actions,” Jonathan Okray, recall petition organizer, said referring to the council’s $750,000 buyout of former  City Manager Connie Green’s contract and subsequent resistance to providing a credible explanation for spending an amount well in excess of contractual obligations.

Five current city council members – Juan Rivera, Larry Cole, Kenny Wells, Billy Workman and Mayor Pro-Tem Scott Cosper – face being recalled due to their lack of transparency and accountability with regard to the Green employment issue.

The council’s approval last week of Ordinance 11-080 which eliminates the Killeen City Hall as a recall election early voting location is certainly an issue feeding public skepticism and an agenda item for this week’s special meeting that calls for 11-080′s repeal only further undermines perceptions of solid decision-making abilities.  The abrupt decision to suspend the highly publicized job search for a new city manager is one more development creating a sense of the council following a reaction-driven course opposed to action plans based on thoughtful, well-reasoned considerations.

Okray and his group say they will move forward with keeping voters informed on developments as they occur and work to ensure that the public has good information regarding the Nov. 8 election.  KTPRAG is sponsoring weekly protests starting at 5:30 p.m. outside the Killeen City Hall, 101 N. College St., for the upcoming weeks with the next one scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20.  A handout detailing voter information from key dates to voting locations to what to expect on the ballot will soon be available.  Bumper stickers promoting a “Recall Them All – Vote 11/08/2011” theme and featuring slogans like “$750K Gone w/o an Answer?” and “$750K ‘Their’ Say.  Have Yours 11/8.  Recall ‘the Unfab 5′” are reminding the public of what’s at stake.  The KTPRAG Facebook page continues as a timely source for recall information.

“Honks, waves and thumbs-up have been the overwhelming responses received during our sessions outside City Hall,” Okray said.  “We’ve got seven more weeks and during that time, we’ll educate those who may not so clearly recall why we’re having a recall.  And for the others, we’ll ensure they know exactly where and when they too can participate in this great exercise of democracy.”

Lou Ann Anderson is an advocate working to create awareness regarding the Texas probate system and its surrounding culture. She is the Online Producer at www.EstateofDenial.com, a Policy Advisor with Americans for Prosperity Foundation – Texas and a Director of Women on the Wall. Lou Ann may be contacted at info@EstateofDenial.com.

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