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Garza County Adopts Budget, Sets Tax Rate

Published Sept. 21, 2011 @ 6 a.m.

In a special meeting on September 16 the Commissioners’ Court of Garza County met to consider the 2011/2012 budget and to set the 2011/2012 fiscal year tax rate.

Judge Norman presented some final changes to the proposed budget.  One change was brought about with the county’s acceptance of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant for $39,172.  The other was the addition of $18,000 in revenue expected from Cornerstone, the company who operates the juvenile detention center.  The Judge explained that approximately $14,000 is needed to fully fund the salary package for the individual who would fill the position related to the VOCA grant.  The City of Post had been requested to consider funding half of this position. In a meeting of the Law Enforcement Committee, comprised of two representatives from the county and two from the City of Post, earlier in the week the city declined this request as the city’s budget had already been adopted on Sept. 13.  Judge Norman stated that considering this, the entire amount needed to match the VOCA grant to fund the VOCA position will come from the expected revenue from Cornerstone.

Following this discussion, the County Commissioners voted to adopt a balanced budget of $7,736,554.82 for the 2011/2012 fiscal year.

Next the court voted to adopt a tax rate of .37809 cents which is effectively a 5.02% increase in the tax rate.  This rate per $100 valuation will generate $2,716,639 in ad valorem tax revenue.  

In other business the commissioners voted to enter into an agreement with Conversant Technologies, Inc. for the Garza County jail inmate telephone contract.  The court also approved the Resolution for the Cafeteria Plan Renewal with National Family Life Insurance which administers the county’s policy 

During this meeting, it was also reported that Judge Norman and Commissioner Morris met with the engineers of the elevator project on Sept. 15 and learned that the asbestos removal for the project is complete.  The contractor will begin working to remove floors and walls for the elevator shaft.  That work will be done after 5 p.m. and will take about a month.

The next regular meeting of the court is Monday, September 26 at 9 a.m.

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