1: The biggest issue facing Grayson County in the next decade is our inability to compete for new industry and business. We cannot compete because our tax rates are too high. Our tax rate is about twice as high as both Collin and Denton counties to our south. Our 2013 rate is $0.4909 per $100 of taxable property value. Collin’s rate is $0.2375, less than half of ours. It is hard to compete when we charge twice the price as our competitors for doing business in our county.

1: The biggest issue facing Grayson County in the next decade is our inability to compete for new industry and business. We cannot compete because our tax rates are too high. Our tax rate is about twice as high as both Collin and Denton counties to our south. Our 2013 rate is $0.4909 per $100 of taxable property value. Collin’s rate is $0.2375, less than half of ours. It is hard to compete when we charge twice the price as our competitors for doing business in our county.


When I moved here in 1981, our tax rate was $0.29. It grew nearly 70 percent from 1981 to 2002. It has now held it flat at $0.4909 for the past 11 years. While we seem content to hold our tax rate flat, our competitors have continually reduced their tax rate. Collin County has reduced their tax rate 4 times over the same 11 years.


Five thousand manufacturing jobs have been lost since 2000. Without new industry our households will continue to shoulder a larger and larger share of our total county tax budget. This is not sustainable. We must reduce our tax rates. Just focusing on airport improvements and new roads won’t do it. To achieve a reduction in our tax rate we must reduce waste in our county government. This will free up the funds to:


1. Insure we fairly compensate our employees,


2. Fund our needed priorities and


3. Lower our tax rate to encourage new growth of industry and business.


2: In a county the size of ours, the role of the county judge is primarily a leadership and budgetary management role. The county judge is the chief budgeting officer. He or she also leads the Commissioners Court which provides strategy for the county, establishes administrative policies, approves all purchases, develops the annual budget and sets the tax rate each year for the county.


I have 40 years of leadership and budgetary management experience. For the first 20 years of my career I managed multi-million dollar budgets. For the last 20 years of my career I have trained and mentored others to find and reduce waste in their own business processes. I did this in the private sector while employed with TI and Raytheon. And, I have done this in the public sector working with the Naval Air Systems command who saved $500 million in their first two years and with the U.S. Army who has saved over $3 billion in each of the past two years. All of these organizations used an approach to find and eliminate waste and cost known worldwide as Lean Six Sigma. That’s what I want to do in Grayson County. I have 20 years of proven success in leading large, complex organizations in both the private and public sectors to reduce waste in their own business processes. Teaming with our employees, which I have done consistently over the last 40 years, will be the key to finding and eliminating waste.


More details on my qualifications can be found on my website at www.JamesMaddock.com.