By Tony Farkas
GROVETON — Trinity County Commissioners Court passed a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year, one that is projected to bring in $609,268, or 9.6 percent, more revenue.
The commissioners, except for County Judge Danny Martin, approved the proposed budget at its regular meeting on Sept. 12. Martin was absent because of an illness.
Initially, projected expenditures were forecast at $11,000 less than revenue, but a discussion over the amount of hours for two part-time employees being different led to a change adding the funds back in.
One employee was cast only to work 20 hours, while a second was set at 29.5; Commissioner Neal Smith said it was his preference that the hours be the same.
In other business, the county:
•approved a bond for Linda Rosser;
•approved a plan for retiree health care through the Texas Association of Counties;
•approved the purchase of cloud-based software for the treasurer and auditor as the current system is no longer supported. The cost of the new system will be $2,700 per month;
•approved a raise of funds for Pet Fixers for animal control in the county;
•approved an agreement change with Windstream to replace and upgrade outdated telephone equipment;
•approved the fee schedule for the Sheriff’s Office and constables;
•approved the extension of D.L. Kee Road for county maintenance;
•approved an agreement with Ttione Currie to address drainage issues; and
•approved seeking grant administration services for an application for Community Wildfire Defense grant funds.