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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

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By Cheryl Skinner

Fireworks fizzle as court goes mum on request from CAD

I was less than impressed with the commissioners last week when they went mum on the request from the Central Appraisal District to approve a resolution supporting a $6.4 million building project.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Richard Morrison, who was admittedly totally against the measure was armed and ready for a big discussion.

However, the promised fireworks fizzled when the court failed to vote and basically stopped any discussion on the issue.

While some will say not voting constitutes a “no” vote, I would have favored a definitive and resounding no that was officially on the record. I would have also been interested in FBCAD director Glen Whitehead’s sales pitch and Morrison’s PowerPoint example of how the whole process could be done differently at less cost to the taxpayers.

Instead, the commissioners apparently chose to avoid any discussion and ignore the request. While not acting on the measure is basically a no for now, some say the lack of a definitive vote could allow the court to go back and approve it before the deadline is over.

Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Rumors on DA race abound

With District Attorney John Healey trying to overcome recent adverse publicity pertaining to the defense of, and eventual dismissal of one his most controversial assistant district attorneys, rumors are beginning to fly about who will attempt to unseat Healey in the next election.

Some believe that the guy Healey just terminated will rebound and file against his former boss. That could be and, if so, will certainly give all of the media a great selection of stories to revisit on slow news weeks.

Some are saying that local attorney Nina Schaeffer is going to throw her bonnet in and seek the office.

Nina wouldn’t discount the rumor nor would she confirm it.

Last week she hinted that she has more than a passing interest in becoming the county’s lead prosecutor but stopped short of confirming she will run.

Stay tuned folks this is going to be interesting.



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