Bowman filed last week for re-election. He has two opponents so far - Goliad County Farm Bureau President Pat Calhoun and Goliad County resident Ernest Alaniz. Bowman was elected to the office in 2010.
“I think we’ve done a real good job of holding our spending down,” Bowman said Thursday. “Over the last three years, we’ve lost over $200 million in taxable value. We lost $137 million in mineral value the first year and that equated in about $857,000 in lost revenue. We’ve identified a number of things over the past three years to reduce spending.
“We’ve been able to hold the tax increases down substantially based on the challenges we have faced.”
Bowman said he would like to promote a business friendly environment in Goliad County to attract business and increase the county’s tax base.
“You never know who might be looking at your county saying this county is willing to work with us if we go in there with a proposal,” Bowman said.
Bowman said he wants to continue negotiations with Goliad ISD on an interlocal agreement to provide a school resource officer.
“I felt like we’ve offered them a fair proposal on the SRO being under the )sheriff’s office),” Bowmna said. “If they want to do that, we’d welcome that.”
The deadline to file for the March 4 primary is Dec. 9.