Commissioners plan hearings on tax rate Aug. 24 and Sept. 2

CAMERON—Milam County commissioners have scheduled two hearings to discuss their proposed 2009 tax rate.

Meeting in regular session Monday in the county courthouse, commissioners also increased pay for the jail's medical director.


Public hearings on the proposed tax rate will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 and 6 p.m. Sept. 2, both in the commissioners courtroom in the county courthouse.

A 61-cent tax rate is proposed, down from the current 62 cents.

Count y Judge Frank Summers said the 2010 proposed budget is $15,914,521 which compares to the current budget of $15,163,365.

Summers said a two-percent cost-of-living raise is proposed for county employees with no increases for elected officials.

One dispatcher is being added to the sheriff's department.

Medical director

Commissioners unanimously voted to increase the pay of Jail Medical Director Dr. Stuart Yoffee from $3,000 to $4,000 per month.

Commissioners were told under Dr. Yoffee's direction medical bills and prescriptions have seen a significant decrease and that, even though inmates continue to get medications and proper care, the cost is significantly cheaper to the county.

In other business, commissioners:

• Approved the fiscal year 2010 contract between the Milam County Health Department and the University of Texas Medical Branch.

• Tabled approving the new Private Road 7060, off County Road 412, until information is received from the Central Texas Council of Governments. • Agreed acceptance o$4,339.48 in unclaimed funds from the state comptroller.

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