County judge candidate stresses roadways | Local News

County judge candidate stresses roadways | Local News

It is fitting maybe that John C. Harmon, just one of four candidates competing in the March 1 Republican Principal for the Johnson County judge seat, took element in strategies to build extensions, widening and correct-of-way acquisition projects similar to Texas 360 between 1987 to 2006.

A person of Harmon’s hopes now is to see Texas 360 extended additional, to the profit of Johnson County.

“If elected, the extension of TX 360 to U.S. 67 would be top rated of the listing of priorities,” Harmon mentioned. “To bring a great deal desired revenues to take the stress off taxpayers and open up a lot more beneficial possibilities for Johnson County, which stands on the verge of unprecedented progress.”

In the key, Harmon will encounter Chris Boedeker, Duaine Goulding and Michael Mizell for the Republican nomination. No Democratic candidates submitted to operate in the race.

Longtime County Choose Roger Harmon, no relation, introduced very last 12 months that he will not find reelection.

John Harmon, 66, explained himself as “very conservative” in particular in the spots of taxes and governmental affect on citizens.

“The way I search at the task as county decide is that you are under no circumstances off the position,” Harmon explained. “If elected, all contacts will be returned and I’ll function on the 360 undertaking and infrastructure demands as perfectly as other county desires on and off the position.”

That county development is underway is plain and evident, Harmon reported.

“Once development on this level commences it doesn’t cease,” Harmon said. “The issue turns into what type of progress and what can we do to handle that to assure it’s fantastic expansion? I’m, so far as I know, the only prospect who has infrastructure working experience and, with all the advancement we’re having, infrastructure requirements are going to be one particular of the major concerns we confront.”

Whilst the proposed extension of TX 360 will contain time as properly as several condition and nationwide organizations and funding mechanisms the time to deal with the challenge is now, Harmon claimed.

“When it comes to very long-expression setting up on projects this huge and essential, if you do not start out in the short term it becomes really hard, nearly difficult to catch up in the long term, especially if your county is dealing with advancement on this scale in the meantime,” Harmon claimed. 

The extension would reward all sections of the county not to mention relieve visitors congestion on Interstate 35W, Harmon stated. It, Harmon added, would also deliver amplified prospect for companies small and significant, maximize excellent of lifetime, mature the tax base and lessen the tax burden on cities and people and boost place access to a lot of other north Texas metropolitan areas.

Harmon explained he’s analyzed the gains understood by Arlington, Grand Prairie and Mansfield simply because of TX 360, positive aspects that could move Johnson County’s way. 

“We’re in a great place in that we have an available airport, anything big companies contemplate when searching at opening or relocating,” Harmon said. “And, as opposed to what Arlington and Mansfield went through yrs ago when the expansion arrived, Johnson County has area and land to improve, as properly as prospects for interior advancement, so it will not be for us development, which is coming, coming below and overrunning things.”

Funding sensible, Harmon observed that “major federal funds is getting spent” and/or scheduled to be invested on infrastructure projects.

“While some may well not approve of these federal investing, it is our tax bucks right after all, a great deal of cash is heading to be put in and because of that I feel it’s best that it’s spent on worthwhile assignments these as this that will benefit the county and surrounding spots and enterprises,” Harmon stated. “But we have to prepare now and shift immediately to be initial in line for main infrastructure tasks.”

If elected, Harmon vowed to do the job with community, point out, federal and non-revenue teams and individuals to get in entrance of proposed federal funding for the TX 360 task.

The TX 360 extension, need to it reach fruition, coupled with Cleburne Regional Airport, the Chisholm Path Parkway and other county characteristics would go a prolonged way toward attracting careers and new businesses to Johnson County, Harmon claimed. 

“Why not Johnson County for the future highly fascinating relocation from California and other parts of the nation?” Harmon mentioned. “Open the door for quality business to return to the United states of america. The next large-tech firm can be in Johnson County.”

Harmon cited the want to retain on leading of county desires and products and services, specially legislation enforcement and fireplace security services, which will undoubtedly boost as the county grows.

“To continue to keep and raise our higher high quality of lifetime as an rising potent put to live,” Harmon claimed. “To assist Johnson County hold the line just one residence taxes, enhanced providers, conservative core values, to improve law enforcement and fire security as we expand, retain close interactions with all the towns in the county, boost communications and transparency and all often don’t forget that the citizens are the major emphasis.”

Harmon since 1987 has labored as a actual estate broker and in serious estate investments and in the subject of serious estate appraisal and consulting. Formerly he labored in farming and building  and operated a boat restoration organization.

Early voting in the March 1 primaries operates from Feb. 14-25.

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