DeWitt County is seeking support in Austin and approved a new leader for the city-county health department at their meeting Monday at the courthouse.
A letter to State Senator Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham and State Representative Geanie Morrison of Victoria is asking for their support on a proposed bill to help fund local road reconstruction and repairs.
Written by Judge Daryl Fowler and approved by commissioners court, the letter refers to an ‘old Attorney General opinion’ that allows the state to keep lease money from county owned and maintained right-of-ways.
The letter explains when county owned right-of-ways are leased for oil and gas exploration, that revenue goes to the general fund of the state.
Sen. Carlos Uresti has introduced a bill that will allow that right-of-way lease revenue to go to the county of origin. That money could then be used to make repairs to roads damaged during oil exploration efforts.