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Stories Added - September 10, 2007 - September 23, 2007
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County budget, tax rate approved by commissioners
Polk County Enterprise, September 2007

LIVINGSTON – Polk County Commissioner approved the ad valorem tax rate and approved the county budget for fiscal year 2007-08 during a rescheduled meeting Monday.

The date of the court’s second regularly scheduled meeting for September was moved due to a conflict with the annual statewide conference for county judges and commissioners.

Polk County’s tax rate is set at 62.77 cents per $100 for the third straight year, County Judge John Thompson said. Due to an increase in property values around the county, that rate will generate enough extra revenue to handle increased expenses.

The budget projects a 38.6 increase in general fund review (chiefly property taxes), for $13,964,489, according to a revenue distribution worksheet distributed during the public hearing on the budget at 9 a.m. Monday.

Over the last three years that county officials have kept property tax rates level, ad valorem tax revenues have grown from $11,214,401 in fiscal year 2006 to $12,735,641 in FY 2007 and finally to nearly $14 million projects for FY 2008.

Road and Bridge Department revenues are expected to climb 86.3 percent to $5,449,364, the report said.

Debt service funds will increase 52.1 percent to $3,2222,859.

An order setting elected officials salaries, expenses an allowances at the amounts previously published in the Polk County Enterprise was approved.

The court also approved contracts with Barbara Hayes to oversee the county’s indigent health care program, aging services and medical services at the Polk County jail.
The contracts were renewed for two years with a 3 percent cost of living increase.
Commissioners approved an optional dental insurance for employees Monday.

The additional insurance coverage is voluntary, according to Human Resources Supervisor Jeanette Montgomery.

The program is provided at no expense to the county.

Pending review by District Attorney Lee Hon, commissioners approved a contract to house San Jacinto County inmates at the IAH Adult Detention Facility.
The Precinct 3 Road and Bridge Department’s purchase of two tractors with mowers also was approved Tuesday. To finance the $45,000 purchase, existing equipment will be traded in and $31,500 financed through a reimbursement resolution.
Commissioners approved three plats in Precinct 2 that were tabled from last week’s meeting due to the absence of Commissioner Ronnie Vincent for health reasons.
A preliminary plat for Four Corners Phase 3 and a re-plat of phase 2 of Four Corners were approved as well as a preliminary place for Treasure Point Subdivision.
The following items were approved as part of Monday’s consent agenda:
Designate regular Commissioners Court meetings will be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month during FY 2008.
Annual agreement with the City of Livingston for firefighting services outside city limits.
Adopt the order setting the 2007 tax rate.

An agenda item prioritizing off system bridge projects in the county was tabled pending further review of data provided by the Texas Department of Transpo







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