By Jan White
CROCKETT – At the regular session of the Houston County Commissioners Court, members received information regarding values and tax rates provided by Tax Assessor-Collector Laronica Smith. Smith presented a table showing last year and 2022 value and rate calculations for Commissioners to consider when determining this year’s tax rate. Following is the table that was presented to the Commissioners:
2021 Value and Tax Rate
$1,624,272,326 x .53000 = $8, 608,643.33
2022 Value and Tax Rate
$1,915,621,352 x .454022 = $8,697,342.37 (No New Revenue Rate FKA effective rate) $1,915,621,352 x .530000 = $10,152,793.17 (last year's adopted rate)
$1,915,621,352 x 474743 = $9,094,278.28 (Voter-approval Rate FKA rollback rate) $1,915,621,352 x .475494 = $9,108,664.59 (De minimus Rate)
The calculations are based on 100% collections. Houston County Tax collections are at 95.46% as of July 26, 2022.
“This will give us something to work with,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Willie Kitchen. The calculations are used when determining next year’s budget needs.
Other agenda items included extending the County-wide burn ban, reappointing Lois Ball to the Board of Trustees for the Burke Center, and approval of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Latexo ISD and Lovelady ISD pending a map, hiring a part-time jailer, authorization of destruction of damaged uniforms, and disposal of accumulated metal as scrap.
The commissioners also voted to approve selling and purchasing of vehicles, accepting a donation from Dewayne Rogers Logging of $350 for road improvements, accepting bids for purchase and hauling of road materials, purchase of equipment upgrades for improving radio reception for Ratcliff and Lovelady law enforcement and fire department and purchase of vehicles through the American Rescue Plan Act Grant Fund, adopting the order for the November 8, 2022, General Election, and approval of the repairs to the “Violent Cell” at the jail.