No residents appeared to comment on the proposed county tax rate during Monday’s second public hearing conducted by the Ellis County Commissioners Court.

The tax rate is anticipated to remain at $0.413599 per $100 of taxable value.

“The tax rate is the same as last year and we will have a balanced budget. I think that we are going to be allocating our resources very affectively this year,” said Ellis County Judge Carol Bush. “I think that we are going to properly staff and fund some departments that have felt the constraints and burdens of the recession. We are looking forward to it being a positive budget cycle.”

Bush said it is anticipated that the proposed budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year will be filed with the county clerks office on Tuesday so the public can view it.

The final public hearing on the budget and tax rate is scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23. The meeting will take place in the second floor courtroom of the historic courthouse located at 101 W. Main Street in Waxahachie.

In other business Precinct Two Constable Terry Nay presented a request to accept grant funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for the low income vehicle repair assistance, retrofit and accelerated vehicle retirement program.

This program assists residents with repairs of their vehicles or replacement of their vehicles to meet current emission standards. The funds of this program are taken from a portion of fee that is collected from vehicle inspections.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments administers this program for the county. Nay said $53,673 has been made available for repairs and replacement for Ellis County residents. The commissioners approved the request presented by Nay.

The commissioners also approved a motion to replace alternate election judge Janie Olalde with Pat Sutton for the Nov. 5 election in the combined precincts 123 and 124. The polling place is at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church in Ennis.

Commissioners approved a joint election with the city of Grand Prairie for the Nov. 5 election.

Ellis County Elections Administrator Jane Anderson said that part of Grand Prairie is Ellis County with 21 registered Ellis County voters.

An agreement to lease county-owned handicap voting machines to the city of Maypearl for a local option election was approved for the Nov. 5 local option election.

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