By Jan White
CROCKETT – Upon the recommendation of Houston County Fire Marshal Heath Murff, the Houston County Commissioners Court lifted the current Houston County burn ban.
Murff indicated that he felt the county’s residents needed a break and be allowed to burn, although he suggested they might revisit the topic in a few weeks if necessary. The board also accepted a donation from Morris Timber Holdings of $10,207 for road improvements.
Agenda items approved were the hotel occupancy request by PWFFA and The Loft for upcoming concerts, the Retiree Medical Insurance Policy, the contract with Election Systems & Software for the Express Vote machines, purchase of equipment, lease for copiers used by the county, and the current employer matching contribution rate of 140% for the Texas County and District Retirement System was approved.
After a brief discussion, the court approved the 2022-23 budget.
The court then moved on to discuss the proposed tax rate. Based on the adjusted tax valuation for 2022, it was recommended that the court set a rate of $0.47470, which is a decrease of six cents according to Houston County Judge Jim Lovell. A date of Sept. 13 was selected for the public hearing over the tax rate.