Residents sound off against commissioners, county officials

By Megan Wehring

HAYS COUNTY — Residents are not staying quiet during public meetings.

Issues surrounding county spending and government decisions and continue to emerge during Hays County Commissioner Court meetings — Tuesday, March 23 was no different.

Lloyd O’Leary did not shy away from disputing Judge Ruben Becerra’s actions.

“Your behavior with elected county officials is ridiculous,” O’Leary lashed. “Because if somebody does not agree with you, you blackball them. You want to cut their budgets and I think it is very disrespectful on your part.”

Dan Lyon, who is in regular attendance, was the first to speak against how the county distributes funds.

“You do not care how much it costs for the people of Hays County as long as you get your cut,” Lyon said.

Lyon added that another Amazon facility in San Marcos will not bring the diverse jobs that residents were promised.

“What ever happened to the aerospace and aeronautical jobs we were promised,” Lyon questioned. “I would call this bait and switch. Congratulations, San Marcos. You are quickly becoming America’s sweatshop.”

Rodrigo Amaya agreed that the county needs to cut spending, even if that means not approving every item on the agenda every week. Amaya concluded that local government officials need to be completely transparent with residents.

Commissioners do not take action during the public comment period.

Residents can submit the necessary form upon arrival to the clerk in the courtroom prior to 9 a.m. the day of the meeting. If residents will not be in attendance, forms can be emailed to no later than 5 p.m. the evening prior.

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Megan Navarro (Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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