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The Post Dispatch
Garza County Commissioners met Monday to tackle a demanding agenda and vote on the tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year.
Commissioners voted unanimously to set the tax rate of $0.7727 per $100 valuation. The tax rate for the county will remain the same last year.
The court received the originating documents on the establishment of Garza County in 1876 as part of the divisions of Young and Bexar Counties. County Attorney Ted Weems explained to the court this document is requested for audits by bank examiners.
Commissioners accepted the resignation from Alfredo Guerrero, Constable Pct. 2 who has accepted a position with the Garza County Sheriff’s Office.
Other items on the agenda approved included:
- Minutes from previous meeting
- Accounts payable
- Reports from county offices
- Worker’s Compensation Renewal with TAC
- Accepted surplus office furniture from the Health and Human Services Dept.
- Notice of Election set for Nov. 2
- Approved Intergovernmental Inmate Housing Agreements with Cochran and Lynn Counties
- approved the renewal of Pct 1 loan for Kubota tractor
A lengthy discussion on the Post/Garza Airport took up most of the meeting. Airport Board member Jeff Lott addressed the court on the importance of the airport and the grant available from TxDOT Aviation for Routine Airport Maintenance Program, also known as RAMP grant.
Commissioner Jeff Williams told the court, ‘I don’t want to lose the airport”.
City Manager J. Rhett Parker explained this is a grant for up to $10,000 reimbursement each year for general maintenance work at the airport otherwise maintenance expenses would be divided between the city and county.
Commissioners voted to accept the RAMP grant.
TxDOT Aviation Capital Improvement Project (CIP) was on the agenda for Commissioners to consider. A list of improvements needed was outlined by City Manager J. Rhett Parker totaled $4,860,000. The CIP is a 90/10 grant with the city and county dividing the 10 percent.
Lott said the airport averages over 100 planes each month and benefits the community through support of local businesses, tourism (hunting), medical support, prison and private use including oil and ag related businesses.
Commissioners expressed their interest and exploring the possibilities of a CIP. It was noted the agreement is non-binding and is dependent on federal and state funding.