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Commissioners Court to Seek Legal Counsel
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 11, 2009

At the regular meeting of the Blanco County Commissioners Court on August 11, the court considered a revised resolution to approve the Blanco County Appraisal District’s purchase, construction and financing of a new Appraisal Office facility. Property has already been purchased for the facility on the Spur Road.

Blanco County resident Milton Hawkins asked to address the Court prior to its voting on the matter. He claimed that the various taxing entities in Blanco County had to have the opportunity to vote on the issue prior to proceeding. In order to protect the rights of county taxpayers he believes that proper channels should be observed.

Mr. Hawkins stated that the cost of purchasing the property and erecting the facility would already exceed the limit of $275,000 which was adopted initially by the Blanco County Appraisal District. “The most serious problem of all is that not a single one of the governing bodies of the taxing units entitled to vote ever voted to approve the purchase of the property on Spur Road.” This, he indicated, was in violation of State statutes.

“I would remind you,” he said, “that you have a duty to protect the taxpaying citizens’ interests by taking care that entities whose actions are subject to your approval follow the requirements established by the state of Texas in the Texas Property Tax Code.”

At recent school board meetings, Blanco ISD trustees voted to approve the recommendation of the Blanco County Central Appraisal District as written. Johnson City ISD trustees did not approve the measure. The Commissioners Court, after some discussion, opted to seek outside legal counsel prior to proceeding with the matter.

In other business, the Commissioners Court approved the Blanco County Proposed Budget for 2009-2010. Although the effective tax rate is actually lower than presently established, it is expected that income from taxes will actually exceed last year’s income by $68,750 or 1.89%. Of that amount, $53,820 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year; property valuations have increased.

A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on August 27 at the County Court House in Johnson City. Interested citizens are urged to attend. This is the last time changes in the budget may be proposed. The final budget adoption will take place at the regular Commissioners Court meeting on September 8.

Oh, yes. The Burn Ban has been extended another 28 days to September 8.

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