Set proposed tax rate, public hearings to follow
HENDERSON COUNTY–Henderson County Commissioners approved a 30-day burn ban to begin immediately as Fire Marshal Shane Renberg once again brought the matter to the court. Renberg reported the Keetch-Byram drought index to be 627 average throughout the county with a high of 659 and a low of 562. Last week the reported average to the commissioners was 567 with the threshold to recommend a burn ban at 575.
Renberg reported 15 fires this past week related to outdoor burning and said he had spoken to 22 of 23 area fire chiefs, with 20 recommending the ban. With no significant rainfall in the immediate forecast and all bordering counties above the 575 threshold, the court proceeded with the 30-day ban, noting the judge could rescind the ban if rainfall exceeded expectations and the action was warranted. Henderson County Pct. 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin commented that with the recent power outages and brownouts with high temperatures, the possibility of power transformers blowing and creating fires was a concern.
Commissioners voted to keep the proposed tax rate the same as last year at .477984 per $100 of valuation, with general fund at .39444 and the remainder for road and bridge and flood control. Public hearings on the proposed tax rate are set for Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 9:15 a.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 9:15 a.m. Public hearing for the 2020 budget is set for Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 9:30 a.m.
In other business, commissioners:
• approved interlocal agreement between Henderson County Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Chiefs Association of Henderson County for Emergency Service communications, computer aided dispatch.
• accepted for filing purposes only the CSCD Biennium Budget (formerly known as adult probation).
• approved interlocal agreement between Henderson County and Texas Department of Motor Vehicles for the administration of motor vehicle registrations and titles.
• approved Texas Health and Human Services to renovate county owned building at 101 West Baker Street in Athens at no cost to the county. Texas Health and Human Services currently occupies that building.
• approved Eustace ISD tax resale for Lot 1050 Section C Cherokee Shores Subdivision, Tract 1 Lot 181 Section C Indian Harbor Subdivision and Tract 2 Lot 182 Section C Indian Harbor Subdivision, all located in Pct. 2.
• accepted payment from the City of Murchison in the amount of $208.67 for 2.71 tons of cold mix per the interlocal agreement with Pct. 3 to fix road conditions.
• approved a Right-of-Way permit in Pct. 3 on CR 3302 in Chandler for extension of a water line
• approved two plats in Pct. 2, one in Lynn Creek Cove turning four lots into two and one in Pinnacle Club off Pinehurst, turning two lots into one.
• approved payment of bills totaling $259,733.20.