‘Here we go again’ with 2013 budget year
David Barkemeyer
Milam County Judge

Monday at commissioners court we adopted the 2013 County Budget and set the county tax rate at 60 cents per $100.

Over the past few weeks I’ve put on the full court press to try to communicate as much as possible in these articles, in community meetings, on the web site, and in public hearings concerning the tax rate and the budget.

The participation in the meetings has generally been light and the feedback has been neutral to positive.

I’m taking this to mean that our effort to hold the tax rate at 60 cents, the same as the last two years, even though the county’s tax roll is down significantly, and to keep our overall budget the same as last year’s is being viewed positively.

But I’m always open for business and encourage your constructive comments any time.

As last week’s article indicated, consistent performance is critical to our success. As you’ve probably seen in the news, jury selection for the murder trial has been postponed until next January, therefore, most of the costs of the trial will now fall into next year which will significantly impact the 2013 budget year instead of 2012, already presenting the first major challenge to next year’s budget implementation.

Oh well, here we go again.

But on the positive side, the analysis of the August budget report indicates that we should accumulate some $850,000 in reserves in the general fund by year end 2012.

(The report is posted for your review on our web site at This will give us some good insurance heading into 2013. A big “thank you” to all of you elected officials, department heads, and county employees who operate efficiently during the year making this surplus happen.

As I’ve made the rounds conducting these budget meetings in our towns and communities as well as having attended several events lately such as the Gause Founder’s Day Parade, the O. J. Thomas Reunion gathering at Progressive Baptist Church, the Marak Picnic, the Rally in the Park with our new Congressman Bill Flores and new State Representative Marsha Farney here visiting with us, my pride in Milam County pegged the needle.

Seeing Milam County folks coming together and enjoying each other, being interested in your communities and your government, being interested in each other and in what happens to the place where you live, that’s what it’s all about.

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