In a lengthy meeting on Monday morning, which included three Public Hearings, the Terry County Commissioners approved the budget and the tax rate for 2021.
A hearing was held for the purpose of adopting the 2021 Terry County Budget. County Auditor Jan Hudson stated, “We did what we had to do. Many offices have cut employees to part-time. Some offices don’t have any extra help. And next year, it will likely be worse than this year, unless something changes.”
The total budget for expenditures and balances is $14,370,533.00. This is a decrease of $3,115,990.10 from last year. The Net Current Ad Valorem revenue is projected at $6,540,812.00. Intergovernmental Revenue – $897.183.00. Other receipts – $1,029,970.00. Total Receipts – $8,467,965. Beginning Balances – $5,902,568. Total Resources – $14,370,533.
The Beginning Balance amount comes from cash budgeted for 2020 that was not expended.
There were no public comments at the hearing. The 2021 Budget was set at $14,370,533.00.
A hearing was held for the purpose of setting the tax rate for 2021. The proposed tax rate had been set at $0.786940, which is the No New Revenue Rate (formerly known as the Effective Tax Rate). There were no public comment at the hearing and the 2021 tax rate was set at $0.786940. The adjusted Taxable Value for 2021 is $911,481,632. This is an increase of $118,037,761 from that of the preceding year. The total amount of county taxes levied for this budget, based on the above assessed valuation and tax levy i $7,172,813. Of this amount, it is estimated that 98% or $7,029,357 will be collected within the current tax year.
A hearing was also held to a approve the County Clerk’s Office plan for funding the preservation and restoration of the County Clerk’s Record Archives. The funds generated from the collection of a fee under this section may be expended only for the preservation and the restoration of the County Clerk’s record archive. The County Clerk will designate the public documents that are a part of the records archive for purposes of this section. There was no public comment during the hearing and this plan was approved as presented.
In other business of the Court, the request for approval of the Terry County and Dawson ISD Joint Election was approved. Also approved was the Order of Election and the Notice of Election. the Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3. Early voting will run for three weeks this year, due to a Governor’s mandate. This is in order to safely handle early voters in the current pandemic situation. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 12 for Ballots By Mail only. Early voting for all voters will begin on Tuesday, October 13 and will run from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. most days. Saturday voting will be available from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sunday voting will be available on October 18 and October 25, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. On October 29 and 30, voting will take place from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Early voting will take place at the Old Windsong building at 503 W. Main, directly across from the Courthouse and next door to the Elections Office. Early voting will end on October 30 at 8 p.m.
The Court did approve the placement of Speed Limit signs on North Cub and Stewart Street, as a joint project of Terry County and the City of Brownfield. This is in the area of the new high school.
Bids were opened for Commissioner Mike Swain for CTIF Grant Work in Precinct 1. The low bid was received from Daley Superior Asphalt for a total of $156,000 to do asphalt work on five miles of road.
Following other mostly routine business, the Court was adjourned. The Court will next convene on Monday, September 28 in the District Courtroom at 10 a.m.