Collin County Judge Keith Self must feel like the only sane man in an asylum. As the chief administrator in fast-growing Collin County north of Dallas, he is trying to stop a $328.9 million bond package being sold as a plan to reduce traffic congestion.

Keith SelfWhat’s his concern? The package costs a lot, but won’t cure the area’s traffic woes.

He takes the position that tax dollars should be spent wisely, not just because money can be seduced out of people’s wallets using emotional rhetoric and noble goals. He writes on his website, “Collin County should be conducting a transportation needs assessment and setting priorities in order to reveal the county transportation chokepoints that require county spending to benefit the entire county. Instead, we are spreading your tax dollars across the county like peanut butter, with uneven peaks and valleys.”

We need elected officials like Keith Self at all levels of government. Tax dollars, and especially public debt, should be used carefully, and on identified priorities, not feel-good sound-bites.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

A graduate of Texas A&M, former newspaper reporter, one-time Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president, and an Eagle Scout, Michael Quinn Sullivan and his wife have three children. He is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. Check out his podcast, “Reflections on Life and Liberty.”

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