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Jefferson County
Jefferson County Commissioners Court
by Garrett Bryce
Monday, September 24, 2018

Jefferson County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to adopt a property tax rate of $0.364977 per $100 valuation for the 2018 Tax Year.

Of the total tax rate, revenues from $0.346049 will be dedicated to maintenance and operation of the county, with revenues from the remaining $0.018928 per $100 valuation to pay the county’s bonded indebtedness.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to adopt the county’s $139,554,005, FY2019 Budget.

The budget projects total revenues of $131,138,631. The projected ending fund balance for the budget totals $39,995,635. Budget

The commissioners court voted unanimously to reappoint Austin Cecil Walkes as the health authority for the county.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve a selection review committee, including Commissioner Eddie Arnold, to review responses received for grant administration services for a home buyout or acquisition program through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve specifications for a request for proposals to lease the Jefferson County Downtown Jail.

The commissioners court tabled action regarding a security fee waiver for use of the Jury Impaneling Room for a debate sponsored by the Michelle F. Mehaffy Inn of Court on October 2.

The commissioners court voted 4-1, with Eddie Arnold opposed, to approve an interlocal participation agreement with the Southeast Texas Government Employee Benefits Pool for employee and retiree health benefits.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to apply for the Coveredell Forensic Sciences Improvement Grant. The grant is available through the Criminal Justice Division, and requires no local match.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to accept the 2018 Port Security Grant and authorize the county auditor to submit acceptance forms through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant totals $90,120, with a match of $30,040. The match will be funded through the Marine Unit Division.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve an order regarding alcoholic beverages.

The order puts the county in compliance with an amendment allowing a person licensed or permitted by the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission to sell beer, wine, and mixed beverages for on premises consumption between the hours of 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and on Sunday for the same hours, but that between 10 a.m. and noon beverages may only be served during the service of food to a customer.

Previously, those with permits were only allowed to sell beer.

The commissioners court voted 3-2, with Michael Sinegal and Everette “Bo” Alfred opposed, to authorize sending a notification to the Texas Department of Transportation that the county does not desire to exercise its priority right to reacquire land at the intersection of Interstate Highway 10 and Major Drive.       

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda


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