GILMER — The woman who has led the office that sets property values for taxation in Upshur County is resigning, citing conflict with some commercial property owners.
Sarah Curtis told her board of trustees Monday she will finish the calendar year and leave after Dec. 31.
“Unless I have an offer I can’t refuse, I’ll be here,” she said Thursday in her office.
Curtis has been Upshur County’s chief appraiser for 13 years.
County appraisal districts assign property values on which cities, schools and other entities base annual tax rates. There are many property categories, including residential, real property and commercial.
Commercial property values, led by businesses along busy U.S. 271 through Gilmer, rose this year to $84.7 million. That’s up from almost $79.2 million in the 2017 tax year.
- Last day to register to vote: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
- First day of early voting: Monday, October 22, 2018
- Last day to apply for ballot by mail: Friday, October 26, 2018
- Last day of early voting: Friday, November 2, 2018
- Election day: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Upshur County Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner - 2018
With Much Appreciation!
Special thanks to Upshur County's Election Administrator Lory Hill Harle! Check out the following link for Polling and Early Voting locations, sample ballots, training, and much more! See Upshur County Election Administrator Info.
Here is the full list of ballot propositions submitted by the SREC for inclusion on the 2018 Republican General Primary Election ballot:
- Texas should replace the property tax system with an appropriate consumption tax equivalent. Yes/No
- No governmental entity should ever construct or fund construction of toll roads without voter approval. Yes/No
- Republicans in the Texas House should select their Speaker nominee by secret ballot in a binding caucus without Democrat influence. Yes/No
- Texas should require employers to screen new hires through the free E-Verify system to protect jobs for legal workers. Yes/No
- Texas families should be empowered to choose from public, private, charter, or homeschool options for their children’s education, using tax credits or exemptions without government constraints or intrusion. Yes/No
- Texas should protect the privacy and safety of women and children in spaces such as bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers in all Texas schools and government buildings. Yes/No
- I believe abortion should be abolished in Texas. Yes/No
- Vote fraud should be a felony in Texas to help ensure fair elections. Yes/No
- Texas demands that Congress completely repeal Obamacare. Yes/No
- To slow the growth of property taxes, yearly revenue increases should be capped at 4%, with increases in excess of 4% requiring voter approval. Yes/No
- Tax dollars should not be used to fund the building of stadiums for professional or semi-professional sports teams. Yes/No
Location: Upshur County Courthouse
100 W. Tyler
Gilmer, TX 75644
Dates and Times
February 20, 2018 - February 23, 2018 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
February 26, 2018 - March 2, 2018 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Primary: March 6, 2018
Runoff: May 22, 2018
Election: November 6, 2018
GILMER, TEXAS: Upshur’s conservative organization, East Texans for Liberty’s monthly meeting will be on Monday, February 12, 2018. The evening’s program will be a presentation on “Save the Alamo” with Weston Martinez.
Martinez is a fourth generation Texas conservative grassroots leader with a history of service to the Republican Party and proven results. Martinez has served as a conservative grassroots leader in Texas for over twenty years, served on the State Republican Executive Committee, and as a Governor Perry appointee to the Texas Real Estate Commission, where he finished his term under Governor Greg Abbott.
Martinez, a resident of San Antonio, is well versed in the “reimage plan” of the Texas General Land Office (GLO) concerning the Texas Alamo.
Four years ago, the Texas Legislators promoted and passed a plan involving the rebuilding and improvement of Texas' most iconic shrine — the Alamo. The plan would have rebuilt certain historic structures present at the time of the 1836 battle, as well as give visitors a better and more complete understanding of the physical environment existing at the time of the conflict.
Land Commissioner George P. Bush's plan is far and removed from the Legislators focus. Martinez will cover the GLO’s plan to rename the Alamo, focus on world history, diminishing the focus on the 1836 battle for which the Alamo is famously known, and much more!
February 12th’s meeting will be held at the Disabled American Veterans Building located at 1924 Hwy 271 North in Gilmer (across from Walmart). A light complimentary dinner of chili will begin at 6:30 pm and the program will begin at 7:00 pm. This event is open to the public, free, and kid-friendly.
Republican candidates for elected office will speak also briefly about their campaigns.
“February 12th’s meeting will include a Straw Poll conducted by East Texans for Liberty,” said East Texans for Liberty’s President, Stacy McMahan.
Powerhouse Constitutional Attorney, KrisAnne Hall, who resides in Florida with her husband and their adopted son, will join East Texans for Liberty on Monday, March 12, 2018. KrisAnne Hall is a constitutional attorney, author, and radio host. March’s program will be held at the Disabled American Veterans Building, across from Walmart, off of Hwy 271 North.
“Considering KrisAnne Hall will present two seminars on March 12th, the program will begin at 6:30 pm. This is earlier than our regular public meeting. So, mark your calendars for March’s meeting with powerhouse Constitutional Attorney KrisAnne Hall for 6:30 pm. A light complimentary dinner will begin at 6:00 pm,” said McMahan.
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East Texans for Liberty services Upshur & Senate District 1
Earlier this year, BL.Uprepared and East Texans for Liberty joined efforts to raise funds to outfit the men and women in Upshur County law enforcement with Active Shooter Vests.
Through gracious donations by area businesses the Upshur County Sheriff's Department, Ore City Police Department, and Upshur County Constables have all received their vests. An Active Shooter Vest was obtained for the East Mountain Police Department, however, upon shipment of the vests, the East Mountain Police officer resigned.
Last Friday, before Upshur County Commissioners Court convened, East Texans for Liberty learned Big Sandy Police Department had not outfitted their officers with Active Shooter Vests, as the Gilmer Police Department.
"We are very appreciative to Brandy Lee, the Upshur County Auditor, and Big Sandy Police Sgt. Ryan Kuhn for their assistance in clarifying the misunderstanding concerning Big Sandy's Police Department," said ET4L President Stacy McMahan.
Today, BL.Uprepared and East Texans for Liberty received approval from Big Sandy's Chief of Police Tim Scott and Big Sandy Mayor Sonny Parsons.
"ET4L will begin raising funds for six (6) needed Active Shooter Vests for the Big Sandy Police Department," McMahan said.
Robert Perry, owner of BL.Uprepared,
Stacy McMahan, Executive Director & President of East Texans for Liberty,
delivered Active Shooter Vests to the
Ore City Police Department
on June 16, 2017.
The vests were purchased through
donations by the great citizens of Upshur County!
The final 4 Active Shooter Vests will be delivered to the Upshur County Constables,
during Commissioners Court, on June 30, 2017.
Local Primary Races for 2018
- Filing dates will be Nov. 11 - Dec 11, 2017
- The first day to file for a place on the Primary ballot for party chair and precinct chair candidates: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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|District Judge||4 year term|
|District Attorney||4 year term|
|District Clerk||4 year term|
|County Judge||4 year term|
|County Clerk||4 year term|
|Commissioner Pct 2||4 year term|
|Commissioner Pct 4||4 year term|
|JP 1||4 year term|
|JP 2||4 year term|
|JP 3||4 year term|
|JP 4||4 year term|
|Treasurer||4 year term|
|Republican Party Chair||2 year term|
|Democrat Party Chair||2 year term|
|Precinct Chair||2 year term|
November 7, 2017 - Uniform Election Date
Authority conducting elections
County Elections Officer/Local political subdivisions
First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
Sunday, January 1, 2017*
*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2017 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.
Deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline
Thursday, June 22, 2017 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates 1
First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for cities and schools ONLY) 2
Saturday, July 22, 2017 (“first day” does not move)
Last Day to Order General Election
Monday, August 21, 2017
Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY) 2
Monday, August 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
See note below relating to four-year terms 3
Last Day to Register to Vote
Tuesday, October 10, 2017*
*First business day after Columbus Day
First Day of Early Voting
Monday, October 23, 2017 (17th day before election day falls on a Saturday, first day moves to next business day)
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
Friday, October 27, 2017
Last Day of Early Voting
Friday, November 3, 2017
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies)
Please join me in congratulating one of my dearest friends, a great patriot and President of our group, East Texans for Liberty (ET4L), Stacy McMahan, in being named the Republican Party of Texas Senate District 1 Volunteer of the Year!!
Stacy puts in countless hours promoting conservative principles and helping candidates and elected officials on local, state and national levels who share those same ideals. She's good at holding them accountable too!
We are so proud of her, and so fortunate to have her energy and knowledge as the driving force of our group! No one deserves this great recognition more!
Stacy will be recognized, along with other Senate District Volunteers throughout Texas, at the Governor's Mansion on Friday, September 22, 2017.
Stacy McMahan BIO:
Stacy McMahan is a lifelong Republican. Because of professional and family obligations, Stacy watched from the sidelines for many years. In 2009, that changed and she jumped into the public policy world with a full court press.
Early on, Stacy used her writing and research skills to vet and report on local and statewide issues. Many followers came to know “StaceinTexas” as a no-nonsense, conservative Republican on her ‘blog’, and a trusted source of information for the grassroots.
As opportunities to work for Republican candidates arose, Stacy embraced them. Working as part of Ted Cruz’s “Kitchen Cabinet”, and the East Texas liaison for Governor Perry in 2012, along with volunteering on campaigns for Ken Paxton, Matt Rinaldi, Matt Schaefer, and Bob Hall from 2010 to present.
In 2012, Stacy was named Director of the GOTV for the Gregg County Republican Party. She was honored to be nominated, by the Republican Women of Gregg County, for the Texas Federation of Republican Women Tribute to Women Award in 2014. She is a member of Republican Women of Gregg County, and an associate member of Republican Women of Northeast Texas and Upshur County Republican Women. She is a member of the Republican Party of Gregg County and associated with the Republican Party of Upshur County. She is also President of East Texans for Liberty, a conservative grassroots coalition in Upshur County.
Stacy is a retired paralegal who enjoys raising Nubian goats, with her husband, in Upshur. They have 3 children.