Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Bell County taxes to remain steady

By Grayson Edds

Managing Editor

Of the numerous items on the Bell County Commissioners Court, but one of the most important items was the approval of the proposed tax rates for notice of public hearing purposes. There will be no change for either Bell County or the Road  District. The effective rate will maintain at 45.11 cents for both Bell County and Road District.

  The Court also published a 2013-2014 Budget Calendar. Monday’s meeting marked the recording of the aforementioned tax rate and set the following dates for public hearings: August 14 at 9 a.m. will be the first tax rate public hearing. August 14 at 7 p.m. will continue the first tax rate public hearing. August 19 at 9 a.m. will be the presentation of budget, budget public hearing, 2nd tax rate public hearing, schedule and announcement meeting to adopt budget and tax rates. And finally, Aug. 26 will be the meeting to adopt the 2014 budget and 2014 tax rates.

  In other news, the Court heard from the county engineer who brought the final plat of Mill Creek Courtyard Homes, 8.863 acre, 1 block, 11 lot subdivision within the ETJ of The Village of Salado for approval.

  The burn ban was not lifted this week, but due to the length of 100 degree days this week, the Court expected to lift the ban in upcoming weeks.

  They also approved an appointment of election judges and alternates for a two-year term beginning Sept. 1 of this year.

And, finally, they approved the renewal of the annual contract for fiscal year 2014 with Lone Star Legal Aid for pro se assisted program, protective order services, and lawyer-magistrate services.

The next meeting is set for Monday.