Commissioners’ tribunal to consider passing budget and tax rate on Monday
Repairs to 2 county buildings, Pine Forest Solar and Hybrid road use requests are also on the August 23 agenda.
The Hopkins County Commissioners Court has a busy agenda Monday morning, with passage of the budget and tax rate at the top of the list. Tenders for repairs to two county buildings, road use requests from Pine Forest Solar LLC and Pine Forest Hybrid I LLC, selection committee review and recommendations for tenders architectural works received for a community security room and a trustee housing center are also scheduled on August 23. Agenda for the meeting of the Court of Commissioners.
Two public hearings will take place during the 9 a.m. meeting, one for questions or comments regarding the proposed tax rate and another to give the public time to prepare the proposed budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
At the August 13 Commissioners’ Tribunal meeting, tax assessor / collector Debbie Mitchell proposed setting the county’s tax rate at $ 0.584035 per $ 100 of property assessment, which is a reduction of $ 0.040857. That would be less than or equal to the 3.5% cap set by the state legislature, according to Mitchell.
“When I came to power, we had to raise the tax rate by almost 7 cents to build the prison, and so that actually rolls back for the first time since I’ve been a county judge,” said the Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom at the meeting earlier this month.
Although the proposed tax rate is 4 cents lower, the county property taxes are expected to generate $ 888,540 more in revenue for Hopkins County in fiscal year 2021-2022 than the county tax rate. of $ 0.624892 from the previous year. About $ 280,336 of this 6.9% increase in tax revenue will come from new properties added to the tax roll this year. The rest will come from increasing property appraisal values. If passed, the new tax rate would be reflected on tax bills mailed out this fall.
So while the tax rate will be lower, taxpayers are likely to see an increase in their county tax bills. For example, a taxpayer whose property assessment has remained unchanged would expect to pay less on their bill. Since most properties have been valued higher this year, the average taxpayer can expect to pay more this year.
that of the county proposed budget for fiscal year 2021-2022 and the 2021 tax notices have been posted on the county’s website for public review and are also expected to be announced for review on August 23, 2021.
County Judge Robert Newsom said some innovative programs have provided flexibility that will allow the county to grant all full-time employees a 12% pay rise in the coming year.
Commissioners stressed that the proposed 12 percent wage increase for all county employees will not come from additional tax revenues from new construction and increased property appraisal values. No tax money will be used for salary increases; special projects should fund increases. The additional tax revenues will be used for county operations, maintenance, debt service payments and repairs.
District 1 Commissioner Mickey Barker attributed the ability to fund a raise for all county employees to “positive growth in Hopkins County and special projects.” HCSO Deputy Chief Tanner Crump said they would “provide a more competitive salary, which we have been behind for decades,” which should help retain the quality employees already employed in the sheriff’s office and across the country. across the county, and help attract other high caliber candidates. when openings become available.
Commissioners said additional information on the budget and special programs should be discussed at the August 23 meeting.
The agenda also provides for the consideration of the fixing of the salaries of elected officials and the salary of the official stenographer of the 62nd judicial district.
Click here to see the proposed county budget
The selection committee shall present for court approval the results of its application for qualifications for architectural services for the construction of a community security room and housing for the trustees and the committee’s recommendations after scoring of the quote requests.
Over the past week, commissioners have held working sessions and on Monday are expected to consider accepting offers for the removal and replacement of the gutter and downspouts at the Hopkins County Courthouse and for the renovation of the roof of the Hopkins County annex building.
The Court will also consider a resolution approving a request by Pine Forest Solar I, LLC and Pine Forest Hybrid I, LLC, to use certain roads.
Election judges and deputy judges must be appointed for a period of 2 years, starting September 1, 2021 and ending August 31, 2023.
The Assistant Treasurer’s Bond, a Redevelopment Application for Penn Addition Lots 1 through 4, the County Road Inventory of County-Maintained Road Mileage for Funding Certification by the Texas Department of Transportation, Updating County Holidays for 2021-2022, Interlocal Agreement for E9-1-1 Public Safety Response Point Services and PSAP Equipment, the State Case Registry Cooperation Agreement between the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Hopkins County, and offers for two 2021 or newer model-ton pickup trucks for the Sheriff’s Office.
Hopkins County Outreach Officers are expected to report on activities their office is, or has recently been, involved in at Monday’s meeting at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners’ courtroom on the first floor of the Courthouse of the Hopkins County.
After the regular meeting adjourns, the Commissioners Tribunal is expected to move to the third floor of the courthouse, where they will hold a working session with the sheriff’s office, fire department and civic center staff. A budget work session can also take place during the meeting.