2011-09-29 / Front Page

County Raises Taxes to Balance Budget

The Lee County Commissioners met in their regular session on Monday, September 26, 2011.

The Commissioners, on a rollcall vote, approved the new 2011- 2012 Tax Rate of $ 0.06459/ hundred dollar valuation, an increase of 2.38%. With this new rate, the expected tax revenue was increased by some $235,119 for the upcoming year. Of this, $95,214 is new revenue. This expected revenue takes into account the new tax rate, as well as the decreased valuations in the County.

The Court also adopted the 2011-2012 Budget as presented. After having rejected an earlier version of the budget for the Appraisal District, the Court has now approved the latest version of the Appraisal District’s budget which does not include any raises, something the Court objected to earlier.

In the County’s new budget, the salary for the Precinct 3 Constable is being brought in line with that of the other Constables. The difference between the current salary and the new one will be accounted for in the Sanitation Department. This more accurately reflects Buster Dussetschleger’s additional duties as Lee County’s Sanitation Inspector.

In other action, the Court approved both the County Clerk’s and District Clerk’s Preservation and Records Plan and continued the $5.00 Archive Fee now in place. The Court also approved the Sheriff’s and Constable’s Fees for the upcoming year.

After hearing the presentation from the State Department of Family and Protective Services about the need for more Board Members on the Child Welfare Board at the last session, the Court appointed Sharon Biehle, Sharon Blasig, Jodi Carr, Hilary Kieschnick, Maxine Siegmund, and Michael York to the Board. All have agreed to serve and the Court was then able to approve the Non- Financial Contracts between the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and the County.

The Court also approved the District Attorney Interlocal Contract with the Sheriffs’ Combined Auto Theft Task Force concerning forfeitures of property resulting from various civil and criminal statutes.

The Court also approved another Change Proposal for the Lee County Courthouse concerning more voids in the foundation, which are covered in the contingency fund.

With repairs to the interior of the building expected to begin next year, the Court also approved hiring Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. to prepare a grant application to the Texas Historical Commission for the next phase of repairs to the Courthouse.

November 8, 2011 was set as the date for the upcoming Special Election. Early voting will be begin October 24 and end on November 4. The Commissioners’ Court Schedule for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 was set and and 14 Lee County Holidays were approved.

With the Fire Index at 785 out of a possible 800, there was very little discussion about extending the County Wide Burn Ban. Extending it was agreed to unanimously.

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