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Commissioners hear report concerning deliquent tax properties
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By Chris Edwards

Trinity County Commissioners received a report detailing the status of delinquent tax properties at last Monday's Commissioners' Court meeting. Tab Bell, with the firm Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins, and Mott, LLP, presented the report, which called the commissioners' attention to the excessive number of accounts, which are behind on taxes, and valued below $100. Through previous sales of delinquent properties, 110 of them have been sold since January, but there are still an overwhelming number, with the vast majority struck off the tax rolls. Bell said that with "so many lots, you can't sue everybody," in response to why action had not been taken toward all of the properties which are in arrears. He said it amounts to a time management issue, and pitched the idea of the county doing a liquidation sale in order to get struck-off properties back onto the county's tax rolls. Bell suggested the county conduct such a sale once every five years. He said part of the function of liquidating the properties would be to "[get Trinity County] out of the real estate business. Other business Commissioners heard a presentation from Ronnie Bell of Entergy who urged the officials to act on a letter of support and resolution regarding Entergy's proposal to build an additional generation unit at the existing power plant site near Willis. Bell said "the demand for electricity is just exploding...it's a good idea to go out and get the counties to approve [the resolution]." Precinct 3 Commissioner Neal Smith motioned to approve the resolution and Trinity County's support of it, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Jimmy Brown provided a second. Precinct 2 Commissioner Rich Chamberlin abstained from voting, citing the fact that his brother-in-law is employed with Entergy. The commissioners acted on bid proposals for road construction materials and also awarded a contract to a new fuel supplier. The county received four sealed bids for road materials, with the commissioners choosing to go with Connor's Crushed Stone based in Lott, TX, and a second choice of supplier, Frost Crushed Stone, was chosen, in the event materials could not be obtained from Connor's. Two fuel bids were received, from Gardner Oil and Hughes Petroleum. Marlin Hughes, of the latter, Corrigan-based firm, spoke to the court, and provided information on the variety of services Hughes offers, and said he could install key systems at no cost to the county. Hughes also informed the officials that his company could monitor fuel usage from a remote location via satellite technology. The commissioners voted to award the contract to Hughes. The importance and need for adequate storage space for the various county offices was expressed by County Auditor Bonnie Kennedy and County Treasurer Bob Dockens. A list was provided to the court of salvage/surplus/scrap equipment, and a tentative date of July 15 was approved for a sale of these items to take place at the courthouse annex. During Monday's meeting, the Commissioners' Court also approved: •An interlocal agreement between Trinity County and the City of Trinity for the county to be the 911 addressing authority for the city. •An interlocal agreement between Trinity County and Montgomery County for the performance of post-mortem examinations. Judge Doug Page said the agreement would provide the county with another route for autopsies, if needed, as there is currently no contract in place with Jefferson County (where autopsies from the county are currently performed). •The re-appointment of Cathey Page as the Trinity County representative to the Burke Center's Board of Trustees for another two-year term.


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