Founders detail program for young boys to County

Posted 7/14/20

Madison County Commissioners Monday heard a presentation by two founders of a proposed extracurricular mentoring group for boys in the county that plans to seek county funding for a summer program in 2021.

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Founders detail program for young boys to County

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Madison County Commissioners Monday heard a presentation by two founders of a proposed extracurricular mentoring group for boys in the county that plans to seek county funding for a summer program in 2021.

Toni Green and Etta Spivey told commissioners they had originally hoped to launch their “Men of Tomorrow” program this summer, but were thwarted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program aims to grow a mentoring network for male students in the county, as well as providing some added educational activities and tutoring.

Green noted that activities would include leadership seminars and meetings with relevant industry and civic leaders.

“Growing up in Madisonville, I didn’t see a lot of prominent black men,” Green told commissioners. “When I moved back a few years ago, it was the same thing.

“But we need to teach these boys that things to have to go the way they see things going. If we don’t do something now, nothing will change.”

Green noted that the group would not solely focus on black students.

“Black, white, red, green, whoever wants to come would be welcome.”

Green, pastor at Sweet Zion Missionary Baptist Church, and Spivey, president of the Madison County Junteenth Organization are founding the program with Madisonville Police Chief Herbert Gilbert.

The organizers requested $6,100 from the county, though the request was not for immediate funding and would be included in the 2021 budget.

“We missed this summer,” Spivey said. “We just wanted to get this on your (radar) now.”

In other measures Monday, Commissioners agree to refund CDM Resources Management $31,166.10 in overpaid property taxes, a direct result from a 2018 Texas Supreme Court ruling that changed the way counties and other entities around the state were taxing compressor equipment.

Formerly, leased compressors in the county were taxes as personal property until the 2011 Texas legislature overrode the practice by adding leased heavy equipment to a formula based on lease revenue generated during the previous year.

In May, the county agreed to return refund $12,932.05 in property taxes to AXIP Energy Services. Tax Assessor/Collector Karen Lane said at that time that she expects more companies to file for a refund.

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