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Brazoria County
Brazoria County Commissioners Court
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Brazoria County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted 4-1, with Stacy Adams opposed, to extend a ban on outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of the county for an additional 90 days.

The original burn ban order was issued on April 12, and was extended previously on June 14 and August 23.

“Because of the continuing existence of this long-term deficit of moisture, an increased occurrence of wildfires has occurred,” said a court document on the proposal to extend the burn ban.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to cast the county’s ballots in favor of electing Ryan Cade to the Brazoria County Appraisal District Board of Directors for 2012-2013.

The commissioners court took no action regarding the continuation of a ban on the sale and use of all fireworks for 60 days.  The ban, put in place due to drought conditions, outlawed the sale and use of fireworks for the Fourth of July holiday season.  Enactment of a 60-day continuation of the ban would prohibit fireworks sales for the New Year’s holiday season.

The commissioners court met in executive session to consult with attorneys regarding contemplated litigation or settlement officers.  No action was taken on the item.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to levy property taxes on “goods-in-transit”, or items held in a public warehouse that is not owned or controlled by the owner of the items.

A public hearing was held prior to approval of the item.  Due to recent state legislation, taxing entities must take action to tax goods-in-transit items, which are otherwise exempt.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.  All members were present.  Agenda

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