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Brazoria County
Brazoria County Commissioners Court
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Brazoria County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt the county’s FY2018 Budget.

The budget called for an increase in revenues of $4,499,289, a 3.81 percent increase from FY2017. The property tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll is projected to be $7,775,296.

The budget projects revenues of $134,340,211, with expenditures to match. The budget anticipates fund balance to remain at $92,193,562, the same as FY2017. Budget

The commissioners court voted unanimously to adopt a property tax rate of $0.440234 per $100 valuation for the 2017 Tax Year.

Of the total tax rate, revenues from $0.292097 per $100 valuation will be dedicated to the general fund, revenues from $0.05 per $100 valuation to the road and bridge fund, revenues from $0.003 of the tax rate will fund the Mosquito Control District, while revenues from $0.06 per $100 valuation will go into the county’s special road and bridge fund. The revenues from the remaining $0.035137 per $100 valuation will be used to make payments on the county’s bonded indebtedness.

The county’s total property tax rate for the 2016 Tax Year was $0.457405 per $100 valuation.

The commissioners court voted 4-0-1, with Commissioner David Linder abstaining, to adopt FY2018 salaries and positions for Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Place 2.

The commissioners court voted 4-1, with Stacy Adams opposed, to adopt the FY2018 budgeted salaries and positions.

The commissioners court took no action regarding three items related to engineering services for improvements to County Road 288. The items were pulled from the agenda.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to reappoint Eric Wilson to the Gulf Coast Water Authority Board of Directors.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve emergency shelter activities as proposed by The Salvation Army for street outreach, emergency shelter and administration.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to reject an offer of $100 to purchase tax foreclosed property at Quintana Beach Drive.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve interlocal agreements with the Village of Bailey’s Prairie, the City of Richwood, the Town of Holiday Lakes, Liverpool, Brazoria, Manvel, Sweeny, Sandy Point, Iowa Colony and Brookside Village for storm debris removal.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to appoint a real estate broker for the sale of real property owned in fee by the county in Precinct 1, as discussed in closed session.

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

During the meeting, the commissioners court proclaimed September 15, 2017 as “POW/MIA Recognition Day” in Brazoria County. We are forever indebted and deeply grateful for those who have sacrificed their own safety and freedom for our nation.

Pictured: Commissioner David Linder, Pct. 4; Commissioner Stacy Adams, Pct. 3, James McIlroy, County Judge Matt Sebesta, Sonya Broadway, Veteran Service Officer; Phillips Combs , Commissioner Dude Payne, Pct.1; Commissioner Ryan Cade, Pct. 2. Photo courtesy Brazoria County

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