The Young County Citizens for Responsible Taxation board members were confident during their third official board meeting Thursday evening. 

Board member Alan Hanna said during the meeting that he believed the PAC would acquire the desired 1,250 petition signatures, or 15 percent of the registered voters in the district as mandated by the chapter 286 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, needed to instigate a recall election of the GRMC taxing district.

“I've been talking with people, and I already have about 200 people waiting to sign this petition,” Hanna said.

Also discussed were the new YCCRT website, yccrt.com, raising the number of board members from seven to nine and plans to move forward after the initial April 14-17 petition drive at the Graham Senior Citizens Center.

YCCRT board Chairman Carl Buschmann reminded the other 12 board members and volunteers in attendance that the petition drive slated to begin Monday was just phase one of their campaign. Phase two involves having volunteers canvass the established taxing district door-to-door for more signatures, and phase three is currently being planned.

“I haven't quite decided yet,” Buschmann said regarding the logistics of phase three. “But it's going to be an intense effort.”

Lonnie Hawkins, official advisor for YCCRT, said that at this point the group was not willing to wait to see if the seven member GRMC taxing board being voted in on May 10 would comprise members who would work to diminish the current 36.5 cent ad valorem tax rate.

“I've never seen a board vote itself out,” Hawkins said. “And I've never seen a (taxing) board vote its tax rate to zero.”