The Terry County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, October 18.
The Permanent School Fund distributions from the Gaines County Appraisal District were approved. With interest rates so low, the amount distributed were much lower than normal. “Where we might normally see $10,000 to $20,000 per month in interest in the past, this year, we have been seeing in the neighborhood of $.90 interest per month being paid on the Permanent School Funds. So the amount distributed this year reflects that,” stated Kim Carter, Terry County Clerk.
The amounts distributed are based on the Average Daily Attendance of the County School Districts.
ADAs of local districts:
Brownfield ISD 1,461.302
Meadow ISD 248.508
Wellman-Union ISD 286.931
The 2021 taxes taken by Gaines County from the Permanent School Fund were in the amount of $6,965.01.
In other business, a donation received by the Terry County Sheriff’s Department from a local business in thanks for the protection provided by the Sheriff and Deputies was approved. The amount was $1,000. This will be used directly by the Sheriff’s Office.
Cat Gonzales was approved by the Commissioners for appointment to the Terry County Parks and Recreation Board. This board consists of five members, including the Parks and Rec Director, the Public Works Director, BISD Athletic Director, and two citizens; one appointed by the City Council and one appointed by the County Commissioners. Members of this board serve without compensation.
The primary responsibility of the Parks and Recreation Board is to advise the City Council of the current needs of the city in regard to parks and recreation, and to assist in the future planning of parks and rec programs in the city.
The remainder of the meeting consisted of the regular business of paying bills and approving reports.
There will be a meeting of the Commissioners on Thursday morning, at 9 a.m., October 21 with Attorney Stan Reed to work on the County Redistricting Map. County Judge J.D. “Butch” Wagner stated that it did not appear there would be too many changes in the lines on the Redistricting map. “The only real difference that I saw was between Precincts 3 and 4.”