Lampasas County Commissioners met on Monday morning and worked through a light agenda in a little over a half hour. There were 4 members of the Court present, with Commissioner Bobby Carroll absent.
The first item up was a reinstatement of the 90-day burn ban for the County, with “no exceptions” being added to the ban. The now-expiring ban allowed for exceptions and according to Judge Wayne Boultinghouse, this caused problems. Now, there will be no exceptions unless it applies to the entire County.
The Court considered a proposal from JP Andy Garcia to approve a contract with Graves Humphries Stahl, LTC (GHS) for licensing and installation of a new software system. GHS will install and maintain the software, a system specifically designed for JP Courts. Installation will take about 3 months and cost around $4,000. There will be an annual maintenance fee of $6,000. The Court approved the contract 3 to 1 with Commissioner Mark Rainwater voting NO.
County Auditor Chris Munn presented the Proposed FY 2018 – 2019 Tax Rate which has the total tax rate the same as the 2017 - 2018 rate. The County funds receiving taxes are the Maintenance and Operating Fund, Interest and Sinking Fund, and Road and Bridge Fund. The total tax rate for the three funds is $.69769 per $100.00 in collected property taxes. Law requires 2 public hearings on the proposed tax rate. The first will be on Sept.13th at 6pm. The second, Sept. 19th, at 6pm, will immediately be followed at 6:15pm by another public hearing to present the 2018 – 2019 County budget.