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Commissioners renew property tax collection agreements

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Proclaim May 19-25 Emergency Medical Service Appreciation Week

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+The News Staff Writer
HENDERSON COUNTY–Henderson County Commissioners opted to renew Property Tax Collections contracts between the county and various entities as presented. Henderson County Pct. 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin asked why the fees charged vary so widely and commented he would like to see the contracts more uniform in the future.
The county renewed contracts with the cities of Athens, Brownsboro, Caney City, Log Cabin, Chandler Enchanted Oaks, Eustace, Frankston, Gun Barrel City, Malakoff, Payne Springs, Star Harbor, Tool and Trinidad, as well as independent school districts including Athens, Brownsboro, Cross Roads, Eustace, Frankston, LaPoynor, Malakoff, Murchison and Trinidad. The county also renewed agreements with Emergency Services Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11, as well as Lake View Management and Development District, Henderson County Levee District #3, Trinity Valley Community College and Athens Municipal Water Authority.
HC County Judge Wade McKinney reminded citizens that the county does not set the ad valorem tax rate, nor do they see and benefit of the tax money; it comes in and is distributed to the taxing entities.
Commissioners also approved a proclamation set forth by Sons of the American Revolution President Bill Sekel to make May 19-25 Emergency Medical Service Appreciation Week, calling them heroes. Sekel told the court that Emergency Medical Services Week was authorized by President Gerald Ford in 1973, celebrating and honoring the emergency service personnel who risk their own lives to give emergency care to others. Henderson County Pct. 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin said, “The services they provide are so often overlooked until you pick up the phone and dial 9-1-1 and you’re in trouble and then you’re reliant on these volunteers and professionals as they rush to your aid.”
In other business, commissioners:
• approved a resolution in support of Habitat for Humanity of Smith County, enabling them to use demographics of Henderson County to obtain more Federal grant funds with the understanding that amounts attributed to the Henderson County numbers would be spent on projects in Henderson County. Projected census data indicates the county has a population of 82,299 with 21.9 percent of those aged 65 or over and 9.1 percent of those adults fall below the poverty level.
• set a public hearing for 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, June 4 to consider a 35 MPH speed limit on County Road 3817, located in Precinct 3.
• approved payment of bills totaling $265,591.78.