County sets date for tax rate vote

During their regular meeting on Monday morning, September 10, 2012, the Nolan County Commissioners set a date to vote on the 2012-2013 property tax rate.Prior to setting the date, the second public hearing was held on the proposed property tax rate for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. No input was heard, but it was acknowledged that the proposed rate of .394635 per $100 valuation--the combination of the general fund rate of .340670 and the farm to market rate of .053965, both per $100 valuation--is three cents lower than the current rate.Thereafter, approval was given for the date of Monday, September 17 at 9 a.m. to vote on the 2012-2013 property tax rate.Another public hearing was set to discuss the county clerk's records management and archive plan for the upcoming fiscal year. The hearing will take place during the regular meeting date of Monday, September 24.Also at the meeting, a resolution for the Disproportionate Minority Grant renewal was approved. The funds are used as a preventative measure in order to keep students out of the county's juvenile detention facility. While the county will see a cut from last year's amount of $100,000 to $70,000 for this year, they are only one of five counties in the state--notably the smallest county and only county in West Texas--to receive the funding. This year's funds will help implement an anti-bullying program in the schools.Furthermore, approval was given on the agreement with Elliott Air Conditioning for maintenance of heating and air conditioning for the Courthouse and library. The company has served the county for several years and has provided "excellent service", and the agreement between the two entities remains the same as before.However, later in the meeting a presentation was heard from a representative with Honeywell Heating and Air Conditioning for the maintenance of heating and air conditioning for the Courthouse and library. The company boasts a more comprehensive maintenance program with an all inclusive maintenance agreement.It was noted that Honeywell offers a variety of ways to help the county conserve energy and for all county buildings to become energy efficient. But since the agreement with Elliott Air Conditioning was made earlier in the meeting for a 12 month period, the company would have to wait until the next year to present their proposal; thus, no action was taken.Furthermore, several election judges and alternate judges were appointed and approved to a two year term. A list was given to the commissioners of the spots already filled of people who have previously served and are willing to serve again. Some spaces, however, were vacant; when they are filled, they will go before the commissioners' court for approval.Approval was also given for the sheriff and constable fees for the upcoming fiscal year, as the proposed fees had been given to the commissioners earlier. Additionally, the Nolan County Travel Expense policy guidelines for the 2012-2013 fiscal year were also acknowledged and approved. Only one change in regards to wording was noted in the policy.A contract with Suddenlink for high speed internet for the Courthouse was also approved, as they will be replacing the current internet provider, Nitel. In addition, approval was given to leave the burn ban for Nolan County in effect through the time of the next court date.The minutes from the three August meetings held on the 13th, 16th and 27th were all approved as well, and the reports from the Nolan County Treasurer, Veterans Service Office, Clerk and the Auditor were also received and approved.