Comal County Commissioners to Hear 2022 Budget Requests | Community alert
Comal County Commissioners will meet twice on Thursday, dealing with routine matters first before another session focusing on 2022 budget requests.
The budget process started in May and usually ends at the end of August. Budget request packages were sent to department heads on May 14, returned to County Auditor Jessie Rahe in mid-June and presented to Commissioners two weeks ago.
“We’re working on it right now,” County Judge Sherman Krause said last week. “It’s too early to say anything about the numbers at this point.”
The 2021 budget, totaling $ 107.988 million, came into effect on January 1. It is funded by the combined 2020 tax rate of 35.8515 cents per $ 100 of property assessment, with portions designated for general county operations, jury, indigent health, debt service and road and flood control fund.
Commissioners will review information from the 9 a.m. workshop and income projections from the preliminary certified tax rolls (due by July 25) before Krause presents his recommended 2022 county budget on Thursday, July 29.
“We have worked to improve our budget process by making it a bit more streamlined so that all offices and departments provide information and then hear from them on the rationale for their requests,” Krause said. “The workshop allows them to do that and talk about their priorities for the coming year.
“We think it’s also a good opportunity for the public to see and hear what’s going on with their county government.”
Last year, requests totaled $ 108.6 million before the 2021 budget was approved and totaled $ 110 million before a subsequently approved 2020 budget of $ 110.9 million. The budget adopted by the county for 2019 was $ 108.8 million and the 2018 budget approved was $ 93.4 million.
The budget calendar provides for public hearings on the 2022 draft budget, the 2021 tax rate and the salaries of public officials before the votes finalizing the budget (set for Thursday, August 19) and / or the tax rate (from here Thursday August 24).
Not on Thursday’s agenda, a more in-depth discussion of the proposed changes to the county-operated boat launch ramps on Canyon Lake, although there are likely to be some citizens who will bring up the subject when of the public hearing this morning.
“We always receive very valuable information from phone calls and emails,” Krause said. We are trying to find something that works for the long term.
The county held three public sessions on the ramp changes, which would align with state and federal lake safety rules, control overcrowding and parking, and control behavior on the county ramps. .
After receiving citizens ‘comments and elected officials’ reports on topics of community interest on Thursday, the commissioners will discuss and consider approving:
• A modified platform combining lots in the Rolling Hills Estates subdivision.
• A Memorandum of Understanding between the County and Comal Trails Alliance for new trails at the James C. Curry Nature Center.
• The treasurer’s monthly report for May 2021.
• Revised job descriptions for tax office positions.
• Review the role of the county in the reinvestment zones established by the county municipalities.
• A memorandum of understanding between the Texas Department of State Health Services and the County Health Department.
• Additional health and assistance agreements for departmental employees.
• Acceptance of the auditor’s assessments of the 2020 annual financial reports filed by the county’s seven emergency service districts
• Purchase of an air compressor for the road and bridge service.
Commissioners meet at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 100 Main Plaza in New Braunfels. For the meeting video and agenda, visit www.co.comal.tx.us/agenda.htm.