July 1, 2020 UPDATE
Commissioner Precinct 4 Dianne Edmondson
Denton County offices will be closed on July 3, 2020. Office hours will resume as normal on
Monday, July 6, 2020.
Great New Tax Break for Homeowners
In these tumultuous times, your Denton County Commissioners Court has just passed a Homestead Exemption for all Denton County homeowners who claim that home as their homestead. It will reduce your taxable homestead property’s value by 1% or at least $5,000, whichever is greater. So your property taxable value will be reduced by at least $5,000, thus reducing your property tax bill next year!
I will send out all the information you need to know to take advantage of this just as soon as the County Tax Office prepares an instructional document.
Happy Birthday America!
Yes, it’s hot dogs and splashing in the pool and fireworks, but the REAL reason for this festive holiday is to celebrate the founding of this great nation by our forefathers in 1776. The freedoms we enjoy every day are the result of that momentous action, including freedom of association, speech, religion, the press, and the other liberties that we Americans often take for granted.
It’s sad that this year, most communities will be unable to hold their Independence Day parades due to the insidious COVID-19 virus. But we celebrate nonetheless. Remember that the County is NOT banning fireworks this July 4th, but our local municipalities may have restrictions, so be sure to check and celebrate safely.
Let’s fly our flags proudly, and take just a moment to say --- maybe even sing! ---- Happy Birthday, America!
Have You Been Counted Yet?
One of the things that our forefathers established in our Constitution was the mechanism to ensure that we are fairly represented in our various legislative bodies: Federal Congress, State Legislatures and local government bodies. To make that happen, these bodies rely on the U.S. census to fairly apportion various districts, from U.S. Congressional seats to City Council seats, so an accurate count of our residents is necessary. And yet, as of today, fewer than 2/3 of our County’s residents have responded. Here are some important dates in this process:
July 1 - September 3: Census takers will work with administrators at colleges, senior centers, prisons, and other facilities that house large groups of people to make sure everyone is counted.
August 11 – October 31: Census takers will interview homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
If you have not yet responded to a Census questionnaire, go to my2020census.gov to begin. If you need access to a computer, many county buildings have one in their lobbies.
Please be sure that YOU and your household are counted --- this will help make sure that our Denton County communities get all the federal and state funds possible for our schools, roads and other infrastructure projects.
It's Time to Vote!
Denton County Elections has taken extraordinary measures to ensure that every election worker or voter is protected from the COVID-19 virus during the Primary Runoff. Thorough cleaning and lots of hand sanitizing will be done. If desired, a voter can even have curbside voting --- just notify the Election Judge.
Early voting has begun and continues through July 10, but not on Friday, July 3, or Saturday, July 4. The Election Day itself is Tuesday, July 14, and will determine the Republican Party’s nominees for 431st District Judge and the Democrat nominees for U.S. Senate and Railroad Commissioner. If you voted in March in either Party’s Primary, you now may NOT vote in the other Party’s runoff. If you did not vote in the March Primary, you now may vote in either Party’s runoff. During Early Voting you may vote at any of the 22 early voting sites in Denton County. However, on Election Day itself, you must vote in the polling site to which your voter precinct has been assigned.
Visit www.votedentoncom to find any of the polling sites.
Whether you vote early or on Election Day, I very strongly urge us all to protect yourself and others by wearing a mask when you vote.
Remember: Your mask protects me; My mask protects you.
Please Don't Call Us "Weeds"!
We’ve heard from a few residents about the “weeds” growing here at the Southwest Courthouse. Actually, they are wildflowers, grasses and perennials currently blooming in a deliberately planned BioSwale area, and will soon be cut back according to our awesome Landscape Project Manager Fred Burrell. He reports that this first cutting (with another one later in the growing season) is necessary so that they will re-seed for next year.
Some may think of this area as a “weed garden” but it’s really a BioSwale, a pretty neat way to concentrate and convey storm water runoff while also removing debris and pollution.
BioSwales are also beneficial in recharging groundwater and typically vegetated, as ours is, mulched or xeriscaped. So please don’t call our perennials “weeds” --- they are serving a very important function for our environmentally friendly courthouse!
Our Deadly Invisible Enemy Is Still Here
Frankly, the trend is not good right now in Denton County. Our number of positive cases has skyrocketed, as has our positivity rate (the percentage of those tested who are positive.) Since we are testing more people, our number of positive cases naturally will go up, but the current rate of increase is concerning.
On the positive side, we still have plenty of hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators here in Denton County. And the most cases are now occurring in the younger population (ages 20-29) which is less likely to require hospitalization.
To see the data regarding active cases by municipality, hospital capacity, etc. please visit: www.Dentoncounty.gov/COVIDstats. The website also contains information on free Denton Health Dept. testing which recently has been expanded to include many more individuals. Please check out this very informative site and its charts.
There are two very diverse schools of thought regarding the effectiveness of wearing masks. However, evidence is mounting that widespread mask-wearing can significantly slow the spread of coronavirus and help reduce the need for future lockdowns.
Public health authorities did not initially put an emphasis on masks, but that's changed and there is now increasing consensus that masks play an important role in hindering transmission of the virus at a time when wearing one has become politicized.
Read more details here: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/homenews/coronavirus-rep...$
Your county commissioners implore you to please continue to use the common sense measures and the most updated recommendations:
1) Practicing hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette including sanitizing regularly.
2) Maintaining physical distance when around others. (Most of our county buildings have 6-foot markers on the floors to help with that practice.)
3) Utilizing masks or face coverings when around others.
4) Staying home if you are sick or have recently had close contact to a person with COVID 19.
IF enough of us follow these guidelines, then we can avoid more illness, more deaths and possibly even a regression into shut downs of many businesses.
Good News About Renewing Licenses!
Due to the closure of the Driver License Office, there is a large backlog of citizens who need to renew and/or replace their Texas driver license. We have just learned that the DPS Offices in both Lewisville and Flower Mound courthouses will be processing only renewal and duplicate license and identification card transactions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday July 11th and Saturday July 25th. They will be working by appointment only to help catch up on some of this backlog. To schedule an appointment, go to https://public.txdpsscheduler.com.
You may phone Precinct 4 Commissioner Dianne Edmondson at (972) 434-3960. Her office is located in the Southwest Courthouse, 6200 Canyon Falls Drive,
Suite 900, in Flower Mound.
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