County Adopts Tax Rate
The Lee County Commissioners met Monday and set the tax rate for the coming year. The Commissioners set the effective rate at $0.6704 per $100 valuation, an increase of $0.0175 per $100 valuation from last year’s $0.6529 rate. Since the change of $0.0175 is within the legally allowed rate of change, no public hearings on the new rate are required by State Law. For example, taxes on a $100,000 home will see an increase of approximately $17.50 in their county taxes.
In other action, the Court selected Gaeke Construction as the firm to perform the remodel of the County building located at 832 E. Industry (the old Hospital building). The Contract was approved by the Commissioners for an amount of $146,700, which is several hundred thousand dollars less than it would have been to build a new building. The remodel is projected to be completed within 100 days of start of activity. There is both a bonus and a penalty clause in the contract for the work to be completed within the 100 day window.
The Commissioners also approved the proposed budget for the Appraisal District. The County’s portion of the budget is estimated to be $269,835, up $9,835 compared to this year’s estimated includes a 3% raise for employees.
The Commissioners also approved the Proposed Budget for the Giddings-Lee County Airport. Clifton Wachsman of the Airport Board told the Court that all of the existing hangers are rented and that the Airport intends to build 12 more hangers. The Airport already has a waiting list for most of these. The County’s portion of this new Budget is the same as for last year.
In other action, the Court approved raising the archival and preservation fee for the District Court records to $10 from $5, effective January 1, 2014. New legislation allows for this higher rate.
The court also approved participating in the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry. This Registry is a voluntary listing of those residents in the County that have serious medical needs so that these can be known by emergency personnel in case of a major emergency, such as a severe storm.
The Court reappointed Robert Willrich to the Board of Trustees of the Bluebonnet Trails Community Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center for another one year term. They also appointed Carl Miller, III to serve a three year term on the Child Welfare Board.
With the Fire Danger Index sitting at 703 (the danger level is at 500), there was no dissent and little discussion about extending the County’s Burn Ban. All residents are urged to use extreme caution with any outside burning, including BBQs.