Colorado City, TX – The mayor of a small town in west Texas that that got whomped by the unusual winter storm there this week is under fire for a Facebook post he made on Tuesday that said people shouldn’t expect their local governments to bail them out during the natural disaster.
“No one owes you or your family anything; nor is it the local governments responsibility to support you during trying times like this!” now-former Colorado City Mayor Tim Boyd wrote in a since-deleted post on his personal Facebook page on Feb. 16, KTXS reported.
“Sink or swim, it’s your choice!” Boyd continued. “The City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you NOTHING! I’m sick and tired of people looking for a damn hand out!”
“If you don’t have electricity you step up and come up with a game plan to keep your family warm and safe. If you have no water you deal with out and think outside of the box to survive and supply water to your family. If you were sitting at home in the cold because you have no power and are sitting there waiting for someone to come rescue you because your lazy is direct result of your raising!” the post went on.
“Only the strong will survive and the week will perish. Folks, God Has given us the tools to support ourselves in times like this,” the mayor wrote.
And then he got political, KTXS reported.
“This is sadly a product of a socialist government where they feed people to believe that the FEW work and others will become dependent for handouts,” Boyd wrote. “Am I sorry that you have been dealing without electricity and water; yes! But I’ll be damned if I’m going to provide for anyone that is capable of doing it themselves! We have lost sight of those in need and those that take advantage of the system and mesh them into one group!! Bottom line, quit crying and looking for a handout! Get off your ass and take care of your own family!”
“Bottom line – DON’T BE A PART OF A PROBLEM, BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION!” he added.
The community responded with outrage to their mayor’s callous words, KTXS reported.
Boyd followed up a few hours later with a second post that said he had been speaking for himself, and not Colorado City, in his earlier post and that some of his words had been “taken out of context.”
He said that he had already submitted his resignation to the town and wasn’t mayor when he made the controversial social media post.
The former mayor said he stood by his earlier Facebook post but wished he had worded it differently, the Dallas Morning News reported.
“I would never want to hurt the elderly or anyone that is in true need of help to be left to fend for themselves,” Boyd said. “I was only making the statement that those folks that are too lazy to get up and fend for themselves but are capable should not be dealt a handout.”
He said called the harassment his family was being subjected to as a result of him sharing his opinion uncalled for, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Colorado City is located 230 miles west of Dallas and has a population of approximately 4,000 people.
The temperature in Colorado City was 23 degrees and 1,304 people were without power on Tuesday night, the Dallas Morning News reported.