Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

July 22, 2013

County budget talks continue

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — It was another busy Monday for the Navarro County Commissioners Court, holding a regular business meeting Monday morning, followed by an afternoon workshop on the proposed 2013-14 budget.

Commissioners heard Monday afternoon from County Clerk Sherry Dowd, Tax Assessor/Collector Russell Hudson, Treasurer Frank Hull and Texas AgriLife Extension agent Paula Butler.

During the county budget workshops, office holders appear before the court presenting their individual requests for the upcoming budget, both for personnel and equipment needs.

During Hull’s appearance Monday afternoon, the treasurer asked commissioners to provide him with a formal outline of his department’s responsibilities relating to Human Resources duties for the county. He also asked to make a current part-time position in his office a full-time position, and for additional training funds to be able to better handle HR-related issues. He also proposed to commissioners that his salary be lowered by $2,000 annually, with that money going to his Chief Deputy.

Yet to be presented in the hearings have been projected ad valorem tax revenue figures, which can now be calculated after the certified appraisal rolls were received Monday from the Navarro Central Appraisal District and presented by Hudson to commissioners. Those revenue figures could be available by week’s end.

Commissioners are slated to meet again Tuesday at 9 a.m., and Friday at 9 a.m. for more workshops on the budget.

Tuesday morning’s workshop will include Xavier Villarreal, CEO of Navarro Regional Hospital. The hospital provides health care for the county’s indigent population, funded in part by quarterly payments from the county to the hospital, and matched by federal dollars.

Scheduled to appear Tuesday afternoon are County Court-At-Law Judge Amanda Putman and District Clerk Josh Tackett.

On Friday, commissioners are expected to hear more information about a bond proposal for funding the county’s share of the proposed courthouse restoration. Some costs of the project will likely have to be incorporated into the county’s general fund budget for the coming year should voters approve a bond proposal in November to proceed with the project.

The budget workshops are open to the public.

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