County pay freeze sought during tax hearing
CAMERON—A frequent critic of county government attended Thursday's first public hearing on the county's tax rate and presented a list of 10 "issues of concern."
Wayne Horkheimer proposed a freeze on pay increases for all employees, asked the tax rate be lowered from 62 to 59 cents and questioned the need for new county positions in the budget.
County Judge Frank Summers told Horkheimer the issues he raised were part of the budget process and Thursday's hearing was to discuss dropping the county tax rate from 62 to 61 cents.
Horkheimer said the issues are part of the process which sets the tax rate.
Summers said a public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Sept. 14.
Another public budget hearing is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.
Summers said the Sept. 2 hearing was scheduled for evening after discussion that many Milam residents are not able to attend a morning meeting.
Cecil Pittman told commissioners his farm lost money last year and was losing again this year.
He a sked about appra isa l practices of the Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD).
"We (the county) have one vote on the appraisal district (board of directors) and that's all," Summers said.
The 2010 proposed budget lists expenditures of $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.