by Julia Childs
The Post Dispatch
As Garza County Commissioners convened for the second public hearing on Monday, Sept. 13 to hear comments and discuss the 2021-2022 Tax Rate. Without public comment or objection, the proposed tax rate of $0.7727 per $100 will become effective for the 2021-2022 Fiscal year beginning on Oct 1, 2021.
Judge Norman explained the tax rate will remain the same and Covid-19 relief funds will be used to help balance the new budget.
After a brief recess, Commissioners returned to a regular scheduled meeting approving minutes from the previous meeting and accounts payable.
Sheriff Terry Morgan told commissioners they have transferred four inmates to Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) and has ten more to transfer out. This will free up beds for out of county paying inmates contracts.
“As of Monday morning, 72 inmates were housed in the Garza County Jail,” said Morgan. “Forty-four belong to Garza County and 28 inmates are housed from other counties.”
Morgan also said, “During the month of August there were 2,458 inbound 911 and administrative calls. The department had 428 service calls, there were 17 fire calls and 98 EMS calls.”
Mike Travis gave a report on the Post Food Pantry (PFP). The First Christian and the Presbyterian Churches have managed the Post Food Pantry since 2011. Travis reported the group will give up the management and to keep the service going it will need volunteers to help distribute the food boxes supplied by the South Plains Food Bank each month. The PFP currently has 39 people on the list and will cap the list at 60. The cost of each box is $5 and will be paid by the First Christian and Presbyterian churches for now. Anyone wanting to volunteer approximately one hour each month can call Travis at 806-495-5115.
AgriLife Extension Agent Danya Peterson reported on the activities of the extension office and reminded the court of the fundraiser planned in October.
Commissioner Charles Morris said, “County Road 308 will be closed to through traffic for the next 30 days. Construction of a slab at the water crossing is under construction.”
County Commissioner Jeff Williams reported the parking lot for the County Museum and Heritage House has been resurfaced.
Bids were opened and awarded to Saldivar Rodriquez for construction of a concrete slab on County Road 134 in Pct 3. Commissioner Ted Brannon made the motion to accept the bid of $109,000, Commissioner Jerry Benham seconded the motion. Brannon told commissioners this road would also be closed to through traffic while repairs are being made.
Bids were opened for the Pct. 1, 1993 Ford Pickup. Commissioner Williams recommended accepting the only bid submitted by Jona Jones in the amount of $500. Commissioners approved accepting the bid.
Commissioner Morris nominated Julia Childs as the county’s representative to the Garza Central Appraisal District. Commissioner Jeff Williams seconded the nomination with commissioners voting unanimously.
Other items Commissioners approved included
- Aa grant with the Department of Agriculture for home delivered meals.
- Contract renewal for Statewide Automated Victims Notification Service (SAVNS).
- Approved plans for the use of the county clerks dedicated funds.
- Approved a Central Counting Station (CCS) for the Nov. 2 General Election along with election judge and alternate election judge
- Approved the Sheriff’s and Constable’s fees for 2021.
- Approved the indigent defense contract for the district court. $23.985 will be paid as Garza County’s portion of the four-county district that also includes Lynn, Dawson, and Gaines counties.
Meeting was adjourned at 10:32 a.m. The next regular scheduled meeting for Commissioners Court will be Monday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m.