Somervell County Commissioners discussed the 2009-10 fiscal year budget,which will be adopted next month, at a special meeting on Monday, Aug. 3.
The proposed budget has several increases from 2008-09, including additional funding to the library for book purchases, a portable floor for the senior center and an increase in postage for the tax assessor-collector's office.
"The postage is not something I can control at all," said Somervell County tax assessor-collector Darlene Chambers.
The commissioners requested additional information on several items, which
fall under capital expenditures.
County Judge Walter Maynard proposed cutting some capital improvements this
year, lowering the amount for improvements to $248,400.
"I cut some out on stuff I thought could wait," he said.
Maynard said approximately $700,000 would carry over in capital expenditures
from the 2008-09 budget, with a projected amount of roughly $500,000 from
taxes also being placed in that fund, bringing the total for capital
expenditures to $1.2 million. He suggested allocating $248,400 for
improvements and $628,000 for equipment.
Projects placed on hold could include the citizen's center roof and an
additional brush truck for the Somervell County Volunteer Fire Department.
Departments that would receive monetary funding for improvements and
equipment would include the library, Texas Ampitheater, Expo Center,
Courthouse Annex, old courthouse and Somervell County Sheriff's Department.
Maynard also discussed providing funds to Glen Rose Medical Center. A
hospital district was on the ballots during May, but did not pass, leaving
the county to assist in its funding.
"This is not the case of bad management - it's just the economy," Maynard
said. "Our hospital is no different shape than the rest of them."
With the proposed budget, approximately $700,000 is allocated for the
hospital from the general fund.
Maynard said it is important to remember that this version of the budget is
only a proposal. The actual budget will be approved in September and the
commissioners are expecting to hold two public meetings prior to approving
The county is required to hold two meetings if the rollback tax rate
increases. Under the proposed budget, the rollback rate would increase
approximately 1.64 cents per year, which equals to a $16.40 increase per
year on a $100,000 home.
Commissioners will continue to discuss the budget at meetings over the