Milam budget shows surplus for the year

CAMERON—Milam County commissioners adopted a “no change” tax rate for 2012 on Monday and got a little good news about 2011 finances, too.

County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said the current county budget is “in the black” for the year and a $235,000 surplus is projected at years end.

TAX RATE—Commissioners unanimously adopted a 60-cent tax rate, same as the current figure, and a 2012 budget reflecting $17.3 million in expenditures.

Since valuations increased, Barkemeyer said the county must term the tax rate a “3.3 percent increase” because it will bring in more revenue than the current rate.

‘IN THE BL ACK’—Barkemeyer said budget planners had counted on the county spending 10 percent less than was budgeted in fiscal 2011.

“It looks like we’re going to do a little better than that,” Barkemeyer said.

The judge said virtually every department exceeded its savings goals.

“One that did not was district court but we are already seeing some expenses show up related to next year’s capital murder trial,” he said.

Barkemeyer said the county currently has $310,000 in reserves.

“When you add in the projected $235,00 0 sur plus that wil l give us abut $545,000 left in the general fund at the end of this year,” Barkemeyer said.

“That’s what we need to have with the uncertainties we face next year,” he said.

In other business, commissioners:

• Hear d th at the U. S. Dep t. of Justic e has approved th e co unt y’s redistricting pl an. There will be no changes for this Novemb er’s co nstitutional amen dment ele ction except Minerva Precinct 103 has been renamed 203.

• Rejected bids on the propose d Milano She lt er as to o hig h. Barkemeyer said the building, to be funded with grant mon ey, “needs to be engineered down.”

• Ado pted constable an d sheriff ’s depar tment fees for 2012.

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