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2010-09-30 / Front Page

County Approves Balanced Budget

Without Raising Taxes

Lexington Elementary School students prepare to line up for lunch, as the new school year finished its first six weeks of classes last Friday. PHOTO BY LEIGH KOLACEK. Lexington Elementary School students prepare to line up for lunch, as the new school year finished its first six weeks of classes last Friday. PHOTO BY LEIGH KOLACEK. The Lee County Commissioner’s Court approved a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year in last Monday’s meeting. In total, the budget for 2010-2011 was approved at approximately $17.7 million, which is about $2 million higher than last year’s budget. This increase to balance the budget comes from mineral valuations rebounding and carry-over from last year’s County budget.

Lee County Judge Paul Fischer said, “A lot of work went into this budget. We need to give credit to our elected officials, who went through their budgets and reduced their expenditures to help with the 2010-2011 budget.”

This approved budget includes a salary increase of 2.5% for County Employees, and a $585,630 increase for Roads and Bridges.

The Court also approved the earlier proposed reduction in the tax rate at $0.6030 per $100 valuation. This rate is a 5.45% reduction in the County tax rate.

The Commissioners heard an Audit Report from Doug Thielemann, from Urban, Thielemann, Oltmann, LLC. As explained by Mr. Thielemann, there are no major issues with the County’s books and no significant changes or issues need to be addressed. In all, the County received a good report.

The Court also approved the bid specifications for the Courthouse Foundation Stabilization and Structural Repairs. This bid is expected to be issued in the coming month.

In other action, the Court approved the County Clerk’s and the District Clerk’s offices to continue to charge $5 for an Archive Fee for some of their official activities. The court also approved the annual agreement for operation of the Lee County Airport between the Texas Department of Transportation, the County, and the City of Giddings.

The Commissioners also approved a Lee County Indigent Care Affiliation Agreement with St. Mark’s Medical Center. This agreement was at the request of St. Mark’s and will not result in increased costs to Lee County. It concerns the way funds are handled by both the County and St. Mark’s and deals only with a change in the method of compensation to St. Mark’s for indigent care.

The Court also approved the Voting Polling Places for the upcoming November 2 General Election. These will be the same as in past years.

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