Service to citizens is the central notion of county government, which serves as the local arm of the state doing specifically what the state legislature allows through statute. Counties are empowered with the ability to affect change in the lives of its citizens. A majority of the County’s budget is dedicated to law enforcement and the judiciary, which affects every citizen at one point or another in their lives. Closely following those expenditures, a major portion is dedicated to roads and bridges—the infrastructure of commerce and travel for all citizens county-wide. In Smith County, there are almost 1,200 miles of county roads. Maintenance and upkeep of those roads, and keeping citizens safe while they are traveling the roads, engaging in commerce, and living their lives is the very essence of service to citizens.