Burnet County Commissioners

Wed
18
Sep

County adopts budget, tax rate

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners adopted a proposed $29.92 million budget for fiscal year 2020 and set an overall tax rate of 39.99 cents per $100 valuation at their regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The passage of the budget and tax rate came after Burnet County held two public hearings in August. No public comments were made at any of the hearings or at Tuesday's meeting at the Burnet County Courthouse.

The new tax rate is 0.99 cents more than the preceding year's tax rate of 39 cents per $100 valuation and more than 2 cents higher than the effective tax rate of 37.06 cents, which would generate the same amount of tax revenue as last year.

Burnet County officials projected they will receive an additional $2,030,360 in tax revenue in fiscal year 2020 from the new tax rate, which would be an increase of 8.5 percent, which includes $858,194 coming from new construction added to the tax roll.

Wed
28
Aug

Burnet County adopts FY 2020 holiday schedule

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners were serious about adopting a fiscal year 2020 holiday calendar during a regular session Tuesday, Aug. 27, but that did not stop a little levity during the proceedings from the court's most junior member.

Human Resources Director Sara Ann Luther brought two options before the court — a calendar with 14 holidays, including Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and Christmas Day (Dec. 25) this year, and a 15-holiday calendar which also added the day after Christmas (Dec. 26).

“I included the 15-day calendar because I had a number of people asking me about whether we could be closed for the day after Christmas,” Luther said. “They were concerned about traveling to and from their families for the holidays.”

Wed
10
Apr

County recognizes Child Abuse Awareness Month

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin

 

Burnet County Commissioners welcomed representatives from CASA, Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center and the Burnet County Child Welfare Board to the Courthouse for a proclamation recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

Wed
13
Feb

Commissioners oppose Texas 29 downgrade

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Crews with Austin Traffic Signal put up a new traffic light at the intersection of Texas 29 and Hoover Valley Road on Wednesday, Feb. 6, on a section of highway the Texas Department of Transportation has said should be reclassified from "principal arterial" to "minor arteria," much to the chagrin of the Burnet County Commissioners Court, which has voiced their opposition to the move.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners expressed their concern Wednesday that reclassification of Texas 29 from US 281 in Burnet west to Ranch Road 2341 would make it harder to fund any future improvements to the highway.

Commissioners approved sending a resolution to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to voice their opposition to the highway being reclassified from a principal arterial to a minor arterial.

“I have already called TxDOT and let them know we would not be in agreement with anything that could result in any less advantageous funding for improvements,” said Burnet County Judge James Oakley, who is a member of the CAMPO Transportation Policy Board.

Tue
12
Feb

Burnet County hires crews to remove flood debris, discusses environmental crimes unit

As illegal dumping cases have surged in the Highland Lakes, Burnet County Commissioners on Feb. 12 approved applying for additional grants to potentially expand funding, which may include an additional position, for the Burnet County Environmental Crimes Unit, which operates under the Burnet County precinct 4 constable's office.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Burnet County Commissioners Feb. 12 approved bids for companies to remove, dispose and monitor the process of disposing of large piles of debris, trash and flood-damaged structures collected in the wake of the October 2018 Highland Lakes flood event.

The court chose Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) to remove the piles, stored in a section of Quarry Park, adjacent to Granite Shoals.

“We would like to thank the city of Granite Shoals for being the host of this debris that was collected all along the Highland Lakes,” Burnet County Judge James Oakley said.

On Oct. 16, historic flooding from the Llano River swept down the Colorado River into the Highland Lakes causing massive shoreline flooding in communities including Kingsland, Horseshoe Bay, Granite Shoals and Marble Falls.

Tue
25
Sep

Utopiafest, Burnet County residents quarrel over pending permit

Lew Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd spoke Sept. 25 during a public hearing on the Utopiafest. The lawman is scheduled in October to decide the fate of the festival's mass gathering permit.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Burnet Bulletin •

Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said Tuesday, Sept. 25, if he had to make a decision that day, he would not approve a mass gathering permit for Utopiafest Down in the Oaks at this time due to concerns about public safety.

Boyd's comments came during a morning public hearing on the festival's permit request at the Burnet County Courthouse and remain consistent with earlier statements he made to festival organizers and concerned residents last week.

“Not much has changed at this time, but I am still concerned about the road leading into the event and the fact there is no other way in or out of the festival site,” Boyd said. “I am concerned that if something were to happen in the event and everyone was rushing to get out, I and my people wouldn't be able to get in.

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