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My opponent, Joey Hasty, refutes the information I requested and received from the Argyle Town staff (*see below).  He claims he did not vote for some of the Certificate of Obligation Bonds (CO) that put Argyle’s population of 3,283 people in debt for almost $10,000,000 (ten million dollars).  He told me he voted for the last $3,650,000 Certificate of Obligation Bond for street repair because “WE REALLY NEEDED IT.”

Mr. Hasty, the problem is that YOU DECIDED what the Argyle taxpayers needed and you, along with Dona Schroetke, Bonny Haynes, and Jackie Thomas decided how Argyle residents should spend their tax dollars without letting them vote on any of these bonds.  These were your decisions, NOT THE TAXPAYERS. 

The council members could have made these debts General Obligation Bonds (GO) and let the taxpayers vote on them by attaching the bonds, without charge, to one of the two yearly elections.  Then the Argyle taxpayers could vote for what they needed or didn’t need.

As Argyle councilman for Place 1, I will only vote for Certificate of Obligation Bonds (CO) to refinance the debt at a lower interest rate or for small, non-controversial, expenditures.    

Dr. G. Larry Simmons
Argyle, TX

*September 23, 2003
2003 CO- $900,000
2003 GO Refunding- $1,270,000
M: Stan Bugala
2nd: Lemoine Wright
For: Dona Schroekte, Joe Phelps, Stan Bugula, Lemoine Wright

November 18, 2008
2008 CO- $1,010,000- purchase of Town Hall
2008 CO (wasterwater revenue) $565,000 1st phase ofTRA
M: Bonny Haynes
2nd: Jay Pellicane
For: Joe Phelps, Bonny Haynes, Dona Schroetke, Joey Hasty, Jay Pellicane

June 15, 2009
2009 CO (wastewater revenue)-$730,000 2nd phase ofTRA
M: Bonny Haynes
2nd: Jackie Thomas
For: Joey Hasty, Wayne Holt, Dona Schroetke, Bonny Haynes, Jackie Thomas

December 8, 2009
2009A CO- $800,000 Renovation of Town Hall and Police Dept.
M: Bonny Haynes
2nd: Wayne Holt
For: Bonny Haynes, Jackie Thomas, Dona Schroekte, Wayne Holt, Joey Hasty

October 26, 2010
2010 CO- $3,650,000 Street Reconstruction
M: Bonny Haynes
2nd: Wayne Holt
For: Bonny Haynes, Jackie Thomas, Dona Schroekte, Wayne Holt, Joey Hasty

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