Barry Carter, treasurer of the Brown County Citizens Against Ranger Tax Annexation political action committee, took his group’s message to the Brownwood Kiwanis Club Thursday.
For representatives of the group, it was the last public speaking engagement before early voting starts Monday in the Ranger College annexation vote. Representatives of the group are scheduled to speak next week at the Early Lions Club and the Pecan Valley Kiwanis Club, Carter said.
While Thursday’s appearance at the Kiwanis Club was more of a question-and-answer session, Carter did briefly address the issue raised last week by the Vote YES Ranger College Committee. That group accused Citizens Against Ranger Tax Annexation, a Facebook group, of “possible illegal activity” and threatened legal action
The Vote YES committee said in a press release that “we believe that certain individuals are knowingly and willfully producing and disseminating false information in an effort to illegally coerce voters with respect to the Ranger College expansion election. These activities represent a pattern of conduct which has as its intended effect the improper manipulation of the balloting process.”
The allegation is “completely unfounded,” Carter said at the Thursday’s Kiwanis Club meeting. Carter did not elaborate and did not receive any questions on the topic.
Voters in Brown, Erath and Comanche counties will go to the polls Nov. 7 to cast ballots on Ranger College’s proposal to annex the three counties into the college’s district.
The college proposes to levy a tax rate it says will be 11 cents per $100 valuation, which, the college says, will enable it to expand, offer more services and provide a better trained workforce.
Opponents have raised multiple objections including their assortment that a new tax will be injurious to their communities, businesses and industry.