No tax hike forecast for county in ‘12

Milam Count y Judge Dave Barkemeyer’s goal as the 2011-12 budget process begins is to avoid a tax hike.

He’s got several other budgeting ideas, including creating a road crew to pave county roads.

Goal is for an initial budget to be prepared by July 20 and a budget to be adopted Sept. 12.

“I believe we need to approach 2012 with the commitment that the county tax rate remain at 60 cents,” he said.

“I expect the tax base to stay about the same,” Barkemeyer said. “Even if it drops some we can’t raise the rate.”

“If the base goes up some, we’ll put the extra revenue to effective use, including building a much needed reserve, if possible.”

CAPITAL CREW—In past years the count y budget has included four road and bridge (R&B) accounts.

Barkemeyer is proposing a fifth R&B fund using about seven percent of the total formerly allocated between the precincts.

“The fifth crew would be known as the capital road crew and would devote full time to preparing and paving county roads, except in emergencies,” he said.

Barkemeyer said the commissioners court would set priorities for the new crew and the commissioner in whose precinct the crew is working would be responsible for the crew and project.

“ We would staff this group with experienced crewmen from each precinct who would then be replaced by either part-time or additional full-time personnel.”

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