The Grayson County Commissioners Court is the general governing body of the County. This administrative body was established by the Texas Constitution of 1876 and is comprised of a County Judge and four Commissioners. The added responsibility of County roads was given to the Commissioners in the early 1900’s when they were tasked with building roads between County seats. The main duty of the Court, however, is the budgetary and policy making functions of County government. They are also responsible for setting the tax rate, granting tax abatements for economic development, authorizing contracts in the name of the County, establishing long term thoroughfare plans, acquiring right-of-way, subsidizing rural ambulance and fire protection. This Court calls, conducts, and certifies all elections, oversees all County buildings and facilities, approves subdivision platting and various other responsibilities. Grayson County Commissioners Court officials are Judge Bill Magers, Commissioner David Whitlock, Commissioner Bart Lawrence, Commissioner Jeff Whitmire and Commissioner Phyllis James. The members of this Court have all owned and operated successful businesses and have brought that expertise to their job as elected officials. County government is the component of government that is most easily accessed by the public. The members of the Court listen to and hear the voices of the tax paying citizens daily. In Grayson County, the Commissioners also have the responsibility of being Road/Bridge Commissioners. Each one has a Precinct in which they are responsible for the road maintenance, bridge maintenance, signage and Right of Way. The County Judge presides over the Commissioners Court meetings and has other defined statutory duties like probating estates, juvenile detention and guardianship. On all other issues and responsibilities, the County is represented by the Commissioners Court as a whole.
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