Improved courthouse security is the final update that commissioners seek in the new budget. Nicklas said, in light of recent events around the nation, commissioners felt it was necessary to add a full time deputy to the staff and implement additional electronic security measures such as video cameras.
Nicklas said although he knows the tax increase – however minor – is a burden to tax payers, he hopes they are understanding. He added that citizens age 65 or older with a homestead exemption will not see an increase in their taxes, unless they have made improvements to their homestead.
With regards to taxes, Nicklas was very grateful for the contributions of property owners around Possum Kingdom Lake, whose assets comprise about 48 percent of the Palo Pinto tax base.
“We’re blessed to have those assets up there to help us out,” he said.
In other business, commissioners:
• Approved a request to re-plat Phase 3, Section 5, Lots 555-R & 556-R of The Hills Above Possum Kingdom Lake Subdivision.
• Held public hearings and approved the district clerk’s “Preservation and Restoration of Records Plan” and the county clerk’s annual “Record Archive Plan.”
• Appointed Dr. Ed Evans to continue as the local health authority for Palo Pinto County.
•Approved a SAVN, VINE grant, maintenance contract with the attorney general’s office and a service agreement renewal with Appriss.
•Approved request for proposal for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, electrical, insulation and solar system for the records-retention facility and set a date to open bids.
•Approved Marilyn Jackson for the juvenile case manager position under authority of Code of Criminal Procedure.
•Approved juvenile case manager fee collection and establishment of juvenile case management fund under the authority of Code of Criminal Procedure.
•Approved renewal of County Choice Silver with a rate increase.
•Approved adoption of order setting commissioners court regular scheduled court meeting dates for 2014.
•Approved order setting Palo Pinto County employee holidays for 2014.
•Approved temporary water lines using existing culverts on Old Christian Road, in Precinct 2, by Newark E & P Operating LLC.
•Approved Phillips 66 Pipeline LLC to cut on Green Street in Precinct 2.
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