Bowie County Judge James Carlow Announces Re-election Bid

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Bowie County, Texas – Bowie County Judge James Carlow formally announced today that he will seek re-election in the upcoming 2018 Republican Primary.  Judge Carlow previously served as County Judge from 1987 to 2011 and then returned to the position in 2014 with the primary goal of restoring financial stability to Bowie County.

“When I returned to the position of County Judge after a 4-year absence, the county’s finances were in bad shape; the fund balance was depleted, the previous administration had just borrowed $5 million in order to pay bills, and employee pay reductions had been implemented, said Judge Carlow.  Furthermore, property taxpayers were hit with the largest tax increase in Bowie County’s history. 

In 2014, the Bowie County tax rate was raised from .36 to .47 per $100 evaluation, a 31 % tax increase.

“I am proud that we now have Bowie County back on track, said Judge Carlow.  We have repaid the $5 million loan, restored the 15% employee pay reduction and lowered the property tax rate from .47 to .42 per $100 evaluation.”

Judge Carlow has also continued his long-time efforts to advance regional transportation projects such as I-69/I-369, Hwy 82 and the widening of I-30 in Texarkana.

“We were successful in securing funds for the final route study for the segment of I-69/I-369 from Texarkana to Queen City.  The study formally began September 1, 2017 and is expected to take about a year.  It’s great to see the progress continue,’ said Judge Carlow.

Judge Carlow, a businessman, is a lifelong resident of Bowie County. He and his wife, Nancy, reside in New Boston, Texas and have 2 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and 6 grandchildren.

 

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