Hill County Paw Pals, Hill County, Texas

Tax Paying Voters Are at the Top


Duties of the Hill County Commissioners Court include policy-making and budget decisions and working with the County Judge to set budgets.  Each commissioner represents a quarter of Hill County eligible voters while the County Judge is elected by the entire county.  Being an elected official is an honorable position because the individual is a representative of the community.  The beauty of a democracy is that it puts the citizen tax payer at the top of the pier—the fundamental decision maker.


The official organizational chart (see below) shows us, as voting tax payers, at the top of the county organization since we elected the commissioners court to serve us.  As tax payers, we make the Commissioners Court aware of our needs as citizens and they in turn set the budget.  It is Paw Pals’ position that the perpetual operating expense of a county-level animal shelter should be prioritized in the existing budget since animal control is an expected core service demanded by tax payers—just as it is in the major municipalities of Hillsboro and Whitney—the only two locations in our county that have this type of service.  Prioritizing this expense into the existing budget does not need to equate to an increase in taxes.

To date, 70% of our county’s population does not have a place to take unwanted dogs (based on population study of 8,705 living in Hillsboro and 1,987 living in Whitney with a county population of 35,424—these two communities are the only two with animal control).  Absolutely no services exist for unwanted cats—even with the fact that cats are the leading vector for domestic rabies.  Communities without animal control simply do not have a place to take their unwanted dogs and cats.  Texas law specifies strict methods of euthanasia—violation is punishable with up to a year in jail and/or $4,000 fine.  This situation is dire because pet overpopulation will not correct itself.  Ignoring the situation is simply reckless since pet overpopulation brings health, economic, legal, and safety liabilities. Spending money on a needed animal shelter is not a nicety but a necessity—and needs to move towards the top of the budget.


If you would like to join our grassroots movement with goals to bring positive change to our county on how we deal with pet overpopulation, please get in touch with Hill County Paw Pals by either sending an email to: hcpawpals@yahoo.com, or calling 580-0679.