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By Mollie LaSalle
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WOODVILLE – Tyler County Commissioners Court met Monday morning and proceeded to get right down to business. County Judge Milton Powers brought up a tabled item form the previous meeting relating to an interlocal agreement between Tyler County Pct#2 and the City of Chester; again, commissioners opted to leave the item tabled. Another tabled item was the addition of a dedicated phone line for 911 addressing position; it appeared that this was going to be tabled again, but County Auditor Jackie Skinner spoke about the need for this line, so commissioners voted to approve it.

The next item on the agenda was the adoption of the fiscal year 2024 budget. Prior to the regular meeting, there was a public hearing at 9 a.m., to allow citizens the opportunity to discuss and state their views on the proposed 2024 budget for Tyler County.

The 2024 budget will raise more total property taxes than last year’s budget by an amount of $1,841,295.00, which is a 26.5% increase from last year’s budget. The property tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year is $130,631.61.

The FY2024 budget was approved in short order, along with the 2024 Salary Schedule. Commissioners approved the adoption of the 2023 tax rate of $0.5807 for the Tyler County General Fund, the 2023 tax rate of 0.2250 for the Farm to Market/Flood Control (County Special) fund, and the 2023 tax rate of $0.1830 for Tyler County Hospital.

In other business, commissioners approved a renewal agreement with G.R.S. (Gabriel, Roeder, Smith and Company) for OPEB (Other Post-Retirement Benefit ) Services, and approved a contract with i3Verticals for Land Records Management Recording System.

Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford advised the court that the county had a found a 2023 Chevy Tahoe from Caldwell Country Chevy, to replace a unit that was damaged during a traffic stop; the court approved the purchase in short order. Commissioners also accepted the ESD #8 2022 Financial Report.

Judge Milton Powers closed out the meeting with a shout out to the commissioners, elected officials, and department heads who all worked together in getting the FY 2024 budget together.

Powers had some news about the airport. “We have a meeting with TxDOT Aviation about the airport, we have a lot of things that are moving forward, it’s very positive, there’s going to be a lot of grant money coming our way, if approved. I want to thank Dr. Babin’s office, Senators Nichols and Ashby’s offices, and especially Nancy Windham who helps us with economic development for Tyler County; she has been working hard with myself and the commissioners, and we are thankful for all the progress we are seeing with the airport. This a part of great things to come for Tyler County.”

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