Commentary

JUDGE’S COMMENTS

Change inevitable or it’s all downhill
David Barkemeyer

The (Cameron ISD) school bond election is forcing us to face a choice that probably many of us would rather avoid, and that is contributing personal resources (in the form of higher taxes) toward making this community grow and change when we’d really just as soon keep it just like it is, nice and quiet.

I know one of the reasons that I moved back here was to get out of the traffic and the hustle and bustle of the big city.

The problem is, seems like costs keep going up and revenue sources keep going down.

In April sales tax revenue for the county again was down coming in at $77,504 vs. $138,721 in April of last year. Year-todate (Jan. through April) we’re at $348,628 vs. $557,282 last year in sales tax revenue, down 37%.

Sheriff David Greene reported to me that Coryell County is currently housing less than 10 inmates in our jail, way down from the 25 or 30 that they had been sending.

Our traffic and court fine revenue is down this year as well.

Ad valorem tax collections for this budget year are on track, but with the bankruptcy of Luminant, we may again see some further reduction in next year’s tax base.

So keeping our county general fund revenue on track is a constant battle. This is why I say status quo just won’t work, we cannot be content with the way things are.

Change is inevitable. We must be moving forward or things go downhill, and that’s the mode we’re in right now.

We must get something going here to build the economic base to provide new sources of income and thus tax revenue for the area and Milam County.

In addition to the ball park project, I am currently working along with other community leaders with other prospective investors that I hope to convince to come to Milam County to help expand our economic base. dbarkemeyer@milamcounty.net


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