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Commissioners Vote to Extend Burn Ban
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 • Posted September 13, 2012

Blanco County Commissioners Court conducted a Regular meeting on Tuesday, September 11, 2012. Members of the governing body of Blanco County voted to extend the current burn ban through October 9, 2012. County Judge Bill Guthrie noted “we are now in the 700-800 range, and are drier than at this time last summer.”

The Commissioners’ Court considered passage of an order to authorize the issuance and sale of the County’s Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2012. Mr. Perry provided a presentation to the Court which included the most current financial records for Blanco County. Mr. Perry noted the poor economy was driving lower interest rates, therefore providing more buyers, safer investments, and returns on bonds. Net effect for Certificates of Obligation reflect consistency in receipts, with rates nearing the lowest ever seen.

Moreover, according to Mr. Perry, “Blanco County enjoys an A+ credit rating and maintains positive control of operative procedures.”

Commissioner Paul Granberg asked Mr. Perry if all was in readiness to proceed based on the vote of the Court. Mr. Perry answered that financial documents would be ready for an October 4 closing date.

County Commissioners voted to approve passage of the order for authorizing issuance and sale of the County’s Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2012.

County Judge Bill Guthrie was authorized by the Court to sign an interlocal assistance agreement with the Regional Auto Theft Enforcement Task Force. Blanco County has participated in the task force for a number of years, and the authorization will allow for continued participation. Judge Guthrie said that “participation in the Regional Auto Theft Enforcement Task Force provides Blanco County with additional information and cooperation from other counties in the region, and at no cost to us.”

Mr. Stewart gave a presentation of resolution from the Blanco County Economic Development Corporation for the Commissioners. The Blanco County Economic Development Corporation would like to see surplus county property converted into private property. The two buildings specifically mentioned were the County Jail and Annex. The Corporation believes private ownership might spur greater economic activity in the area.

Mr. Stewart asked the Court to take favorable action by scheduling a public hearing for discussion. The hearing would provide an opportunity for the public to discuss the matter in a public forum.

Commissioner Liesmann said he believes it is “the duty of the Commissioners to listen and host a meeting… and to set a date in the near future for public discussion.”

Accordingly, the Court voted to schedule and host a public meeting for discussion of resolution from the Blanco County Economic Development Corporation in the near future.

Blanco County Commissioners voted to approve the proposed Blanco County Budget for FY 2012-2013. Budget figures include a total of $6,325,380, and this amount is up slightly from last year. The new budget includes all indebtedness and debt payments. The effective millage rate for 2012 is 0.35660, and the effective millage rate for 2011 was 0.35190.

County Judge Guthrie stated that “the County has worked hard and effectively to keep expenses under control and use revenues efficiently, and with no increase in rates while generating the same dollars as last year.” Judge Guthrie noted there was an increase in 2012 of $46,864 from new property.

Additional items approved by the Commissioners were approval of September 2012 payroll, official reports, and outstanding bills totaling $113,674.94. Plans were also approved for the County to advertise to fill a vacancy in the County Clerk’s Office. The position will be advertised in both County papers.

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