Hugh Coleman is an advocate for government transparency and has lead by example on the Denton County Commissioners Court by publishing his campaign finance report and personal financial statement online.
County officials file their campaign finance reports with the County Elections Office and their personal financial statements with the County Clerk. Personal financial statements and campaign finance reports offer clues to the financial interests of local officials and who those who might be supporting them.
These hard to find documents provide potentially valuable disclosures about property holdings, stocks, bonds, outside business interests or employment, and those who may be contributing to a candidate's campaign.
More transparency equals more accountability by Elected Officials and more accessibility to voters.
Commissioner Coleman believes in a sound fiscal approach that is centered on responsible spending and reducing taxes.
In 2019, the Denton County Commissioner's Court adopted the lowest tax rate since 1986. It is 0.2153 cents per $100 valuation, five pennies lower than the 2014 tax rate of .2722 cents per $100 valuation, and the lowest tax rate in 33 years.
Alongside his colleagues on the Denton County Commissioners Court, Hugh advocated and voted for the Senior Property Tax Freeze. Now Denton County property owners who are 65 years or older and those with disabilities will see their County property taxes capped to their present level on their primary homestead.
Hugh Coleman has consistently opposed the creation of such special taxing districts outside the boundaries of a municipality. Due to their high taxes and the burdens, they bring to county infrastructure, fire protection, and law enforcement.
As a tireless advocate for less government and lower taxes, Commissioner Coleman is quick to point out that special taxing districts are hidden governmental entities. Adding unnecessary layers of government while assessing a high tax burden on homeowners.
"They were meant to provide the needed infrastructure for rural counties in areas that needed economic help. But now they've just been turned into a way for developers to get low-price financing for their high-density developments outside of urban areas," says Coleman.
Read more on Hugh's fight against these special taxing districts over the years.
Commissioner Coleman is a strong advocate of bringing real jobs and lasting employment to Precinct One.
It is his firm belief that Denton County needs to develop an economy independent of Dallas and Fort Worth and not simply evolve into a bedroom community of metroplex commuters.
Companies that have relocated to Denton County: