By Tony Farkas
GROVETON — The Trinity County Commissioners’ Court got one step closer to approving its next budget.
The court discussed budget matters and request at a special meeting on Sept. 7, but took no action.
However, the court did submit its proposed tax rates, which will drop some; the proposed no-new revenue tax rate is $0.5309 per $100 valuation, and the proposed voter approval tax rate is $0.6023.
In 2020, the no-new-revenue tax rate was set at $0.6340 per $100 valuation, and the voter approval tax rate was $0.6328.
Additional revenue is expected, however, through a jump in property values and federal grants.
Commissioners also went through each department’s budget, but again took no action.
In other business, the county:
- approved bids for chip sealing Helmic-Apple Springs Road, Joe Bailey Road and Jim Butler Road, for a total estimated cost of $52,750;
- changed the name of a road in the Westwood Shores subdivision of Trinity from Winding Creek to Twisting Creek to avoid duplicate road names in the same postal area;
- approved the use of county equipment to remove dirt piles from Glenwood Cemetery for the association running the cemetery;
- approved an agreement with Lann Smith to repair drainage issues at 207 Port Blvd.;
- delayed enacting a burn ban until the Sept. 14 meeting;
- approved a resolution setting Nov. 2 as election day for Texas constitutional amendments; and
- approved the county’s holiday schedule for FY 2021-22, which now includes Juneteenth, and the Commissioners Court meeting schedule.