By Emily Banks Wooten
Changes to the distribution of the road and bridge portion of the tax rate in conformance with the revised precinct boundaries following redistricting was discussed during the regular meeting of the Polk County Commissioners Court Tuesday although no action was taken.
“Redistricting changed the maps and the mileage of all four precincts. It’s just food for thought but I want y’all to start thinking about how we weight it. What we need to know, for budgetary purposes, is what formula is going to be used,” County Judge Sydney Murphy said. “The projections are that Polk County is going to grow, period, across the board.”
The Court agreed to hold a workshop in conjunction with the second court meeting in May to figure out the formula for the distribution.
The Court received and accepted the FY2023 budget adopted April 11 by the Polk Central Appraisal District (CAD) although the county’s allocation was increased by $44,924.14.
Commissioners approved a total expenditure of $9,025 from maintenance capital outlay buildings (budgeted funds) for painting the Onalaska Sub-Courthouse and the regional health building roof.
A request from Sheriff Byron Lyons to relocate the quarterly tax sales from the commissioners courtroom to the Dunbar Gym to accommodate the number of people was approved. However, it will start with the first sale after the June 2 sale, as a 90-day notice is required by law.
Commissioners approved a proposal from McCord Engineering for a countywide topographic map and also approved implementing a fee for developers that elect to use the map for subdivision applications. The base fee will be $300 plus $1 per acre after that, with a cap at $1,000.
Following an executive session, the Court approved Amber Leloux to fill the position of human resources director. The position was vacant following the recent resignation of Adrena Gilbert.
Commissioners approved personnel action form requests submitted since the last meeting and also approved the FY2022 budget revisions and amendments as presented by the county auditor’s office.
Requests for capital purchases to be paid from the general fund balance and included on the FY2022 reimbursement resolution for the year-end issuance of legally authorized debt include the following: a courthouse security request to purchase four body restraints not to exceed $1,527; a permits request to purchase two Adobe licenses not to exceed $936; and am auditor’s office request to purchase one desktop scanner not to exceed $1,026. All were approved.
During informational reports, the Court issued a proclamation declaring April 24-30 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
Commissioners approved the following items on the consent agenda:
Minutes of April 12 regular meeting;
Schedules of bills;
A listing of previously authorized capital purchases to be included on reimbursement resolution;
An order designating surplus property;
The county auditor’s monthly report, pursuant to Local Government Code Sec. 114.025;
An agreement with Goodwin, Lasiter and Strong as engineer for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) water infrastructure;
Ratify Amendment No. 2 to General Land Office Contract No. 20-065-018-C064 to revise the performance statement, budget and benchmarks for River Road and Taylor Lake Road infrastructure projects;
A resolution for Polk County Special Services to join the Texas Indigent Health Care Association; and
Acceptance of the Patrick Leahy Grant Award for bullet proof vests for the sheriff’s office.
Brother Robert Murphy of First Baptist Church Providence opened the meeting with prayer.