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County tax rate hearing Monday
Polk County Enterprise - August 2008
LIVINGSTON — Polk County commissioners will hold a hearing on the proposed 2008 tax rate at 9:30 a.m. Monday, immediately prior to a regular meeting rescheduled to Monday to allow offi cials to attend the annual conference held by the Texas Association of Counties. Last year, Polk County adopted a property tax rate of $0.6277 per $100 valuation of the 2007 Certifi ed Net Taxable Value of $2,112,044,852, according to notices published by County Judge John Thompson. At 92 percent rate of collection, that rate raised $12,127,096 (excluding delinquent tax collections), a portion of which was used to fund operations such as law enforcement, road and bridge precincts, judicial and prosecutorial services, aging services, emergency management and administrative functions, the notice continued. This year, Polk County is proposing a property tax rate of $0.6277/$100 valuation of the 2008 Certifi ed Net Taxable Value of $2,322,762,608. At a 97 percent rate of collection, the proposed rate would raise $14,074,907 (excluding delinquent tax collections), which is $1,947,811 more than the taxes imposed last year. There will be two public hearings to consider the increase. The fi rst public hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 25 in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Polk County Courthouse. The second hearing will be held at 4 p.m. Sept 9, also in the Commissioners’ Courtroom. At 10 a.m. Monday the court will consider awarding a contract for construction manager at risk for the County Jail Expansion Project to J.E. Kingham Construction, as part of its regular meeting. The court also will discuss contracts for engineering and administration services for a sewer improvement project funded through a Community Development Block Grant. During Monday’s session the Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Council will deliver an update to commissioners on matters at the reservation. Discussions on selecting a coordinator to prepare an application to the Texas Department of Agriculture to seek designation as a Certified Retirement Community also will continue Monday. Other items on Monday’s agenda include: • Consider approval to accept the resignation of member from the Lower Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Director and appoint a replacement. • Receive engineering report and consider approval to advertise for bids for bridge repairs located in Pct. 3. • Consider approval of a geophysical permit with Cooper Oil and Gas to conduct seismic survey on county school lands located in Baylor and Throckmorton counties. • Consider a request by the sheriff’s department to contract for lease of property for an impound yard.