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By Dakota McDonald/Post Dispatch—
Budget talks continued during the July 27 Commissioners’ Court meeting as they discussed more than $800,000 requested for road maintenance in the four precincts.
Each commissioner had a specific amount request: Jeff Williams, Precinct 1, requested $289,000; Charles Morris, Precinct 2, requested $281,312; Ted Brannon, Precinct 3, requested $125,000; and Jerry Benham, Precinct 4, requested $171,614.
The court also approved a minimum of $47,000 for the probation office, although Brandt Taylor was not in attendance to present his budget proposal.
District and County Clerk Jim Plummer submitted an additional $6,000 to his budget to cover election costs. Plummer informed the court that approximately $4,552 of the $6,000 would be reimbursed by the state due to Covid-19.
The court also approved a leasing agreement for a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado which will go to Precinct 1.
The total cost of the vehicle, leased through American National Leasing Company with Herb Easley Chevrolet in Wichita, totaled $31,691.82. A down payment of $3,000 was put down on the vehicle, and payments of varying amounts will be paid out throughout July of 2024.
The probation office also was granted $6,392.88 for a vehicle.
The current County Road and Bridge Fee rate of $10 in optional fees for the Department of Motor Vehicles was approved to remain for 2021. No additional fees or changes were adopted by the court.
Submission of the appraisal roll and anticipated collection rate was approved. Tax Assessor Nancy Wallace presented the anticipated collection rate at 100 percent while Judge Lee Norman informed the court that the total appraisal is $491,612,518.
County Treasurer LuAnne Terry informed the court that an insurance check on a probation vehicle totaling $6,392.88 was received.
The next regular meeting is set for 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 10.