By CLINT FOSTER
PALO PINTO – Palo Pinto County Commissioners Court unanimously proposed the 2013 tax rate for the 2014 fiscal year in a regular session on Monday morning and set dates for two public hearings. The tax rate involves a 6-percent increase over the previous total rate: from .332 per $100 valuation to .352 per $100.
County Auditor Steve Watson explained that the effective rate will still be lower than the proposed tax rate at .3303591 with a rollback rate set at .459125.
Watson said he has budgeted total revenue, including Road & Bridge and all other sources of revenue, to be $13,606,630 for the 2014 budget. He said this allocates $11,461,500 in revenue for the general fund.
Commissioners set public hearing dates concerning the proposed tax rate for Aug. 26 and 29 at 9 a.m. in the County Courtroom at the Palo Pinto County Courthouse. The 2014 Palo Pinto County budget is also scheduled to be discussed in the public hearing on Aug. 26.
Commissioners plan to officially set the new budget and tax rate on Sept. 9 in their 9 a.m. session.
In other business, commissioners:
• Approved request to re-plat Phase 3, Section 5, Lots 691 & 692 of the Hills Above Possum Kingdom Lake Subdivision.
• Approved request to re-plat Phase 3, Section 5, Lots 526-R, 527-R & 528-R of the Hills Above Possum Kingdom Lake Subdivision.
• Approved request to re-plat Block F, Lot 28 in Phase 1 of 7-R Ranch Subdivision.
• Approved Interlocal Agreement between Palo Pinto County Sheriff's Office and Brazos River Authority for radio equipment.
• Approved request from Horton Exploration to construct an ingress/egress entrance off Panama Road.
• Approved request to bore Oak Street by FiberLight, LLC.
• Approved changes to the County Personnel Policy Board, including adding one member from Human Resources. Motion carried, 4-1.
• Approved continuation of 30 mph speed limit signs on the west end of SW 22nd Street.
• Approved Brinson Benefits' recommendation to stay with Delta Dental for county voluntary dental insurance. Plan comes at no cost to the county and includes a $1,500 allowance for children's orthodontic care.
• Approved Brinson Benefits' recommendation of Block Vision for county voluntary vision insurance. Plan offers competitive copays and reimbursements at lower rates than the competition. No cost to the county.
• Approved Fuelman Card for Public Works Director.
• Approved Technology Fund Budget.
• Approved Central Appraisal District budget for 2014 fiscal year.
• Approved purchase of three new copy machines from capital equipment. District judge's office will receive one and the sheriff's office will receive one with fax capabilities.
• Approved contract for connection between District Clerk's Office and Attorney General's Office. One member of the clerk's office said: "The copies we won't have to be making will more than pay for the cost of the equipment."
• Approved equipment to allow secure connection to the county system.
• Approved agreement with Benefit Bucks for third party HRA administration.
• Approved request by Targa Energy to bore Old Christian Road.
• Extended the county-wide burn ban for another week.
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