New county officials to be sworn in Jan. 1st
David Barkemeyer
Milam County Judge

Tis the season to be jolly. S o once again Merry Christmas to all, and thank you citizens and county employees for another very successful year.

We particularly want to express our appreciation to those that will not be with us in 2013:

• Dale Jaecks who is retiring after 24 years as commissioner of Precinct 3.

• Kerry Spears after 12 years as district/county attorney.

• Herbie Vaughn for eight years as constable of Precinct 3.

• Linda Acosta after 2 years as county treasurer.

Thank you for your years of service.

At 10 a.m. Jan. 1 we will be swearing in our newly elected officials in the district courtroom on the second floor of the courthouse.

Also on Jan. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m., we will have a retirement reception for Commissioner Jaecks in the county courtroom on the first floor.

All the citizens of Milam County and friends from the surrounding area are invited to attend both of these events.

Despite my prediction in my Christmas article last year that 2012 would likely be the most challenging year that we would face this decade, we came through in flying colors again ending the year with over a half million in reserves in the general fund.

That’s not as good as I had been projecting here lately, but still a nice way to begin the new year. The five-year contract to house prisoners for Coryell County along with the better-than-expected sales tax revenue helped offset the lost ad valorem tax revenue that resulted from the Luminant law suit settlement, thus enabling us to come out close to budget on the revenue side while ending the year over a half million under budget on the expense side in the general fund.

The successful refinancing of our bonds that will save us some $60,000 per year over the next 12 years was another bright spot this year.

So overall, 2012 was a successful year financially. Furthermore, our commissioners finished the year working together to do permanent surfacing of over 12 miles of county roads.

This is significant. We’re going to enter 2013 with “great expectations”, anticipating a breakthrough year in the area of economic development.

Things should really star t unfolding for us here in the county.

I’m anticipating that we will see some opportunities for new business and industry in 2013; the county must be a partner with our municipalities in this effort to bring jobs and growth to Milam County.

I also am planning to propose to you a more aggressive approach to financing county road improvements so our commissioners can move forward more rapidly with our program of permanent road surfacing and other infrastructure improvements.

So stay tuned as the new year rolls around.

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