WAXAHACHIE — The Ellis County Commissioners Court will set the time, date and location for a public hearing to be had about the next fiscal year's budget during its Tuesday meeting.

The meeting, which includes more than 15 action items, will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 on the second floor of the historic Ellis County Courthouse, located at 101 W. Main St. in downtown Waxahachie.

According to a public notice posted by Ellis County, the proposed budget will raise property taxes by $1,489,169 — or 2.92 percent — from FY 2016-17. The annual report produced by the Ellis Central Appraisal District shows Ellis County had a total taxable property value of $12,972,185,399 in 2016. Of the new total, $1,569,291.95 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year.

The public hearing on the new tax rate, proposed at $0.393221, which is down from $0.413599 in FY 2016-17, is anticipated to take place at 2 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the historic courthouse. The proposed tax rate for the budget at will also be discussed at Tuesday meeting.

In other business,

• The court will consider a request for a replat of a lot located on the south side of Marshall Road in the City of Waxahachie’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

• The court will consider a request to grant a variance to allow a second residential structure on a property having less than two acres and connect to an onsite sewage facility. The lot is located in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Red Oak.

• The court will consider a request for a one-time variance from the county rules, regulations and specifications for subdivisions and manufacture homes to allow for one structure to encroach into the building line and will review utility easement. The structure is located at 150 Rocky Ridge Road in Red Oak.

• The court will look at a paving rehabilitation and resurfacing services renewal agreement.

• The court will look at approving for County Judge Carol Bush to authorize several Xerox lease agreements for 378th District Court, the Agriculture Extension Office, the sheriff’s office facilities and juvenile services.

• The court will consider renewing a service contract with Garratt Callahan for the sheriff’s office. The contract will run from Oct. 1 – Sept. 30, 2018.

• The court will look to renew a fire alarm system annual inspection services with Impact Fire Services.

• The court will look to renew the contract for inmate food services for the Wayne McCollum Detention Center.

• The court will consider for Bush to sign a renewal agreement with Kodak Alaris for $781 for the Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office.

• The will consider an order for the county and district attorney’s office to be exempt from the Texas Transportation code that requires inscription of county owned vehicles for a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck.

• The court will look at possibly implementing a burn ban.

• The application for William Johnson Howell to serve on the Emergency Services District 6 board will be reviewed.

• A report on compensatory time will be given.

• The court will look to authorize the installation of four stop signs at the intersection of old Maypearl Road and Greathouse Road.

• The court will look to approve the transfer of administration duties and technical assistance fee from the Ellis-Prairie Soil and Water Conservation District to the Ellis County Assistant Engineer for the Emergency Watershed protection repairs projects on Chambers Creek Flood protection sites.

• The court will consider the application to the Natural Resource Conservation Services and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board to implement emergency structural repairs to Chambers Creek Flood Prevention sites.

• The court will consider the purchase of deputy protective equipment not to exceed $38,000.

Full coverage of the meeting will be in Friday’s edition of the Daily Light.


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