The Orange County Commissioners Court has agreed to grant the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) an extension for a federal tax audit on the tax year of 2007. The IRS is auditing payroll records, travel expenses, cell phone expenditures and car usage expenditures.

Precinct 3 Commissioner John Dubose said “it appears me that it is in the best interest of the county to approve the extension of time.”

“We’ve never been audited [before],” said Vergie Mooreland, Orange County treasurer. “Counties all over the state are being audited. If there are areas we need to improve in, then we most certainly want to improve.”

John Dubose explained that if the county does not grant the extension then they would assess what they have found, then we have to pay. “Since I’ve been through that several times, I’d rather not pay first,” he said. “I’d rather fight the battle now.”

The extension will last until Oct. 15, 2011.

The county agree to sign a contract with First Call Emergency Notification. This program has been used for quite some time now, but it was a regional project. It will cost $9,900 for the first year of service and will cost $9,800 for the following two years. “It’s a good service and has been used quite a bit,” County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said.

Franklin Walters, deputy emergency management coordinator, said that “with the current rains we’ve had in the past and some that we’re going to get today, everything is looking really good for leaving the burn ban alone.” Walters went on to explain that there is a possibility of drying back out again.

The commissioners agreed to allow Orange County Purchasing Agent, Connie Cassidy, to advertise for bids on airport improvements. New medium intensity taxiway lights are needing to be installed. The 2010 RAMP Grant will pay up to $50,000 and the county will need to cover the rest. The installation was budgeted at $129,000 but the county is anticipating this project to be under budget.

Cassidy was also allowed to purchase three 2011 International 4300 4×2 Dump Trucks with Warren Dump Bodies at an estimated cost of $221,059. These trucks were approved as capital outlay expenditure for the Road and Bridge Department.

The court approved of the transfer of eight automobiles, one copier and a meat slicers from the Sheriff’s Department into surplus. The automobiles will be put in the auction that will be held on Friday, Dec. 3.

Bills paid this week total $489,078.12.

The court accepted the canvass of the Nov. 2, 2010 General Election. Tina Leverett, elections administrator, told the court that Orange County had 19,292 voters this year. The final totals are as follows:

Straight Party:
Republican Party: 7,100 votes, for a total of 71.50 percent of the vote.
Democratic Party: 2,743 votes, for a total of 27.62 percent of the vote.
Libertarian Party: 66 votes, for a total of .66 percent of the vote.
Green Party: 21 votes, for a total of .21 percent of the vote.

U.S. Representative, District 8:
Kevin Brady (Rep): 14,502 votes, for a total of 76.32 percent of the vote.
Kent Hargett (Dem): 4,146 votes, for a total of 21.82 percent of the vote.
Bruce West (Lib): 354 votes, for a total of 1.86 percent of the vote.

Governor
Rick Perry (Rep): 12,750 votes, for a total of 66.50 percent of the vote.
Bill White (Dem): 5,928 votes, for a total of 30.92 percent of the vote.
Kathie Glass (Lib): 334 votes, for a total of 1.74 percent of the vote.
Deb Shafto (Grn): 59 votes, for a total of .31 percent of the vote.
Write-in: 103 votes, for a total of .54 percent of the vote.

Lieutenant Governor
David Dewhurst (Rep): 13,800 votes, for a total of 72.67 percent of the vote.
Linda Chavez-Thompson (Dem): 4,681 votes, for a total of 24.65 percent of the vote.
Scott Jameson (Lib): 421 votes, for a total of 2.22 percent of the vote.
Herb Gonzales Jr. (Grn): 87 votes, for a total of .46 percent of the vote.

Attorney General
Greg Abbott (Rep): 14,205 votes, for a total of 74.81 percent of the vote.
Barbara And Radnofsky (Dem): 4,417 votes, for a total of 23.26 percent of the vote.
Jon Roland (Lib): 367 votes, for a total of 1.93 percent of the vote.

Comptroller of Public Accounts
Susan Combs (Rep): 14,401 votes, for a total of 87.95 percent of the vote.
Mary J. Ruwart (Lib): 1,458 votes, for a total of 8.90 percent of the vote.
Edward Lindsay (Grn): 516 votes, for a total of 3.15 percent of the vote.

Commissioner of the General Land Office
Jerry Patterson (Rep): 13,740 votes, for a total of 73.21 percent of the vote.
Hector Uribe (Dem): 4,510 votes, for a total of 24.03 percent of the vote.
James L. Holdar (Lib): 518 votes, for a total of 2.76 percent of the vote.

Commissioner of Agriculture
Todd Staples (Rep): 13,312 votes, for a total of 70.88 percent of the vote.
Hank Gilbert (Dem): 4,915 votes, for a total of 26.17 percent of the vote.
Rick Donaldson (Lib) 554 votes, for a total of 2.95 percent of the vote.

Railroad Commissioner
David Porter (Rep): 13,078 votes, for a total of 69.88 percent of the vote.
Jeff Weems (Dem): 4,903 votes, for a total of 26.20 percent of the vote.
Roger Gary (Lib): 510 votes, for a total of 2.73 percent of the vote.
Art Browning (Grn): 224 votes, for a total of 1.20 percent of the vote.

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3
Debra Lehrmann (Rep): 12,718 votes, for a total of 67.96 percent of the vote.
Jim Sharp (Dem): 5,531 votes, for a total of 29.56 percent of the vote.
William Bryan Strange III (Lib): 465 votes, for a total of 2.48 percent of the vote.

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5
Paul Green (Rep): 12,944 votes, for a total of 69.04 percent of the vote.
Bill Moody (Dem): 5,190 votes, for a total of 27.68 percent of the vote.
Tom Oxford (Lib): 615 votes, for a total of 3.28 percent of the vote.

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9
Eva Guzman (Rep): 12,817 votes, for a total of 68.43 percent of the vote.
Blake Bailey (Dem): 5,173 votes, for a total of 27.62 percent of the vote.
Jack Armstrong (Lib): 741 votes, for a total of 3.96 percent of the vote.

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Pl. 2
Lawrence “Larry” Meyers (Rep): 14,160 votes, for a total of 86.73 percent of the vote.
J. Randell Stevens (Lib): 2,167 votes, for a total of 13.27 percent of the vote.

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Pl. 5
Cheryl Johnson (Rep): 14,059 votes, for a total of 86.35 percent of the vote.
Dave Howard (Lib): 2,223 votes, for a total of 13.65 percent of the vote.

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Pl. 6
Michael E. Keasler (Rep): 13,023 votes, for a total of 69.79 percent of the vote.
Keith Hampton (Dem): 5,190 votes, for a total of 27.81 percent of the vote.
Robert Ravee Virasin (Lib): 446 votes, for a total of 2.39 percent of the vote.

State Representative, District 19
Mike Hamilton (Rep): 13,630 votes, for a total of 100 percent of the vote.

State Representative, District 22
Joe Deshotel (Dem): 1,449 votes, for a total of 100 percent of the vote.

Justice, 9th Court of Appeals Dist. P 2
Charles A Kreger (Rep): 13,401 votes, for a total of 72.23 percent of the vote.
Ron M. Mangus (Dem): 5,151 votes, for a total of 27.77 percent of the vote.

District Judge, 260th Judicial District
Buddie Hahn (Dem): 10,425 votes, for a total of 100 percent of the vote.

County Judge
Carl K. Thibodeaux (Dem): 10,692 votes, for a total of 100 percent of the vote.

Judge, County Court of Law
Mike Shuff (Dem): 10,429 votes, for a total of 100 percent of the vote.

District Clerk
Vickie Edgerly (Dem): 10,635 votes, for a total of 100 percent of the vote.

County Clerk
Karen Jo Vance (Dem): 10,630 votes, for a total of 100 percent of the vote.

County Treasurer
Christy Khoury (Dem): 10,346 votes, for a total of 100 percent of the vote.

County Commissioner, Precinct No. 2
Owen Burton (Dem): 2,770 votes, for a total of 100 percent of the vote.

County Commissioner, Precinct No. 4
Jody Crump (Rep): 3,007 votes, for a total of 65.19 percent of the vote.
Percy Flanigan (Dem): 1,606 votes, for a total of 34.81 votes.

Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 1
David Peck (Dem): 2,939 votes, for a total of 100 percent of the vote.

Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 2
Derry Dunn (Dem): 2,815 votes, for a total of 100 percent of the vote.

Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 3
Janice Menard (Dem): 2,584 votes, for a total of 100 percent of the vote.

Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 4
Rodney Price (Dem): 2,549 votes, for a total of 100 percent of the vote.

Orange County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 – Bond Election
For: 389 votes, for a total of 52.36 percent of the vote.
Against: 354 votes, for a total of 47.64 percent of the vote.

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