County eyes budget as trials loom in fall
CAMERON—Budgetary items dominated discussion for Milam County commissioners in a Monday regular session.
County Judge Dave Barkemeyer noted the district court budget is showing expenditures over revenues so far in 2012.
“If you think they’re over now, just wait until we have those two murder trials,” Barkemeyer said.
Trials are scheduled Oct. 9 for Brandon Cotton and Jan. 7 for Tanner Baker, charged in the April 25, 2011, shotgun slaying of Sandra “Sandy” Phillips of San Gabriel.
“That’s going to impact us hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Barkemeyer said.
There was some good budget news, however. Barkemeyer noted a settlement has been proposed in the long-standing lawsuit by Luminant against the Milam Appraisal District over 2011 taxable values. (See story above.)
MILANO SHELTER—Commissioners approved the low bid of $401,000 by B&B Plumbing & Construction of Bryan for the new fire station/emergency shelter in Milano.
Total project cost was put at $450,000 after costs of engineering and project re-bidding are factored in.
Financing will include a $250,000 grant, $150,000 loan and a $55,000 contribution from the Milano VFD.
In other business, commissioners okayed a resolution to free debt service funds in a complex bookkeeping move.
The resolution establishes the county’s intention to reimburse itself for expenditures, allowing it flexibility to transfer and use excess debt service funds.