County Lowers Tax Rate
On Monday, September 13, the Lee County Commissioners set the tax rate for the upcoming year at $0.6030 per $100 valuation, a reduction from the current year’s rate $0.6378. Since the new tax rate is lower than last year’s, no public hearings are necessary. This lowering of the tax rate is in contrast with what most other local and County governments are doing.
The Court also heard an extensive report from Betty Voights, Executive Director of the Capital Area Council of Governments. Voights’ report covered the Council’s many programs in support of local governmental activities. The Capital Area Council includes at least one representative from each of the ten counties in Central Texas, reaching from Llano County on the West to Lee and Fayette on the East. Each major City also is represented, with the number of representatives based on population. Voights covered the Council’s programs ranging from those for Aging, Economic Development, Emergency Communications, to Homeland Security, and coordination of regional activities such as Air Quality and Solid Waste Planning.
In other action, the Court also approved the documents package for the Courthouse Construction Design to be submitted to the Texas Historical Commission. This approval is subject to further comments at the next Court session.
The Court also approved a Joint Election Agreement between Austin Community College (ACC) and Lee County. This action is necessary since a vote on ACC is on the ballot for the Elgin area and in one Lee County precinct, which is in the Elgin School District.
The Court also awarded the bid to move the house located at 282 South Grimes Street in Giddings to Tomas Perez. This house is to be moved within the next two months, so the lot it now sits on can be used during the work on the Courthouse repairs.
The Court also selected Saturday, October 9, as the next annual County Cleanup day. Notices will be sent out to publicize this event.