There is no specific data from Young County Citizens for Responsible Taxation (YCCRT) representatives about its goal to dissolve the GRMC taxing district. But there is a looming deadline that, if not met, could impede the group's progress so far.
Young County Citizens for Responsible Taxation (YCCRT) advisor Lonnie Hawkins recently told the Graham Leader that his PAC was not ready to divulge how many signatures it has collected since beginning its petition drive to initiate an election seeking to dissolve the GRMC taxing district.
While confident YCCRT will collect the requisite 1,250 signatures, or 15 percent of registered voters within the district, needed to initiate the election within the time frame governed by the Texas Election Code, Hawkins said he was not sure when the PAC will release any petition progress reports.
There is no official law mandating the petition must be submitted within 180 days. But according to the Texas Election Code, Section 277.002 (e), for the PAC to use all of the signatures it has gathered since April 14, YCCRT must submit its petition to the GRMC board and the Young County voter registration office before midnight on Oct. 11.
The TEC specifically states: “A petition signature is invalid if the signer signed the petition earlier than the 180th day before the date the petition is filed.”
According to Young County Elections Administrator Lauren Sullivan, the language within the TEC literally means that a petition drive could go on indefinitely, but only signatures gathered from the date of submission to within 180 days prior are considered valid through Texas law.
This means for every day after Oct. 11 that YCCRT does not submit its petition, signatures start becoming invalid. For example, April 14 signatures lose validation on Oct. 12, and so on.
Hawkins stated Wednesday, June 11, that YCCRT has no official submission deadline plans.
If YCCRT submits a valid petition to the GRMC board and the voter registration office within the Oct. 11 deadline, then the board has 60 days from the time of submission to order a dissolution election, according to the Texas Health and Safety Code, Section 286.102.
The THSC language states: “The board shall order an election if the board receives a petition requesting an election that is signed by a number of residents of the district equal to at least 15 percent of the registered voters in the district. (c) The election shall be held not later than the 60th day after the date the election is ordered.”