Burnet County Commissioners Court

Wed
15
Aug

Commissioners propose $36.87 million budget

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners have proposed a budget of $36.87 million for the upcoming fiscal year.

The county will hold public hearings on the proposed budget at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, and at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5. Commissioners will then vote to adopt a tax rate and budget at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The new budget is built on a tax rate of 39 cents per $100 valuation, which represents a 0.69-cent decrease from the fiscal year 2018 tax rate of 39.69 cents per $100 valuation. The tax rate is decreasing by 1.74 percent, though individual taxes may vary based upon changes in property valuation as assessed by the Burnet County Appraisal District.

The proposed fiscal year 2019 budget calls for a $1.19 million decrease overall from just under $38.1 million this year, a decrease of about 3.13 percent.

Wed
08
Aug

Court 'ratifies' disaster declaration

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Scorched earth remained in areas where hundreds of acres burned in Hoover's Valley (pictured here) in Burnet County. Officials opted recently to keep a burn ban in place.

 

 

 

UPDATE: On Aug. 14, Burnet County Commissioners rescinded the Disaster Declaration but opted to continue a less restrictive ban on outdoor burning.

By Connie Swinney
Burnet Bulletin

Due to the worsening fire danger, Burnet County Commissioners Aug. 6 approved restricting outdoor burning including activities such as outdoor cooking and burning cactus for livestock feed as well as welding and grinding projects without safeguards.

The commissioners court took action in a 4-0 vote which essentially “ratified” a Declaration of Disaster and order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning (Sec. 418.108) issued July 30 by Burnet County Judge James Oakley.

Oakley's emergency order was set to expire in seven days and will now remain in effect indefinitely, pending action by the court or the judge.

Tue
06
Mar

Burnet County eyes mobile command trailer

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners are interested in possibly obtaining a used mobile command trailer from Pedernales Electric Cooperative to be kept as an asset for a three-county area.

Commissioners spoke to PEC engineering department employee Matthew Austin about the 48-foot trailer at the Tuesday, Feb. 13, regular court meeting.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery, who serves on the Homeland Security Task Force Committee of the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) said Burnet County's interest in the trailer would be to obtain an asset for the Western Counties region, which includes Burnet, Blanco and Llano counties, who would share in the cost of the trailer.

Wed
14
Feb

County approves Enterprise Fleet option

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County department heads will have another option when it comes to managing their vehicle fleet and fuel costs.

At their March 6 meeting, county commissioners unanimously approved contracting with Enterprise Fleet Management Inc. and allowing individual elected officials to choose whether they wish to use the company's services when it comes to replacing vehicles or participating in Enterprise Fleet Management's fuel program, which is part of the Wright Express (WEX) network.

“We have held off on capital outlay until Feb. 1 and now is the time to decide if we are going to do the conventional route or go this route, which is a new way of doing things,” Burnet County Judge James Oakley said. “It sounds like we have an opportunity to do it based on each individual elected official's needs.

Tue
12
Dec

Commissioners look to keep out landfills

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners agreed informally on Dec. 1 to establish a committee to draft an ordinance prohibiting solid waste disposal in the county.

The committee will be comprised of Development Services Director Herb Darling, Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr. and County Attorney Eddie Arredondo.

“This order would give us the ability, if a company comes in to purchase a tract of land, to prohibit them from putting in a landfill or put a stop to things if an outside company wants to dispose of hazardous waste in the county,” Darling said.

Mon
27
Nov

Iron Bridges of Burnet County coming back to commissioners court

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The North Fork San Gariel Bridge, called the Joppa Bridge, is open to the public, unlike the Russel Fork San Gabriel Bridge, which has been blocked off to public access, accordinto to local historians, who appeared before the Burnet County Commissioners Court Nov. 14. The problem is back on the court's agenda again Tuesday, Nov. 28.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Once a common fixture across the landscape, there are just two historic iron bridges remaining in Burnet County — the North Fork San Gabriel Bridge on County Road 200, commonly known as the Joppa Bridge, and the Russell Fork San Gabriel Bridge on County Road 272.

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