Commissioners increase funding to Hill Country Humane Society

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners voted 4-0, with one abstention, to give an extra $25,000 to the Hill Country Humane Society to help offset expenses for fiscal year 2018 during a regular court meeting Tuesday.

Burnet County contracts with the Hill Country Humane Society in Buchanan Dam to provide animal shelter services, as does Llano County and the cities of Burnet, Bertram, Horseshoe Bay and Sunrise Beach. The shelter is managed by an independent board of volunteer directrs and has a staff of several paid employees which handle the day-to-day operations of the shelter.

County Auditor Karen Hardin said HCHS had determined, during a meeting with county officials on Monday, it was about $60,000 to $70,000 short of funds to finish out the year and was making the request to the county to assist in providing funding.


Commissioners forgo burn ban, join ATX Floods

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AgriLife Extension agents Kelly Tarla, left, and Linda Wells give a report on their 2017 activities to the Burnet County commissioners court.



By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners decided against passing a burn ban, but did take action to have the county join a regional flood warning system at the Tuesday, April 24, regular court meeting.

Commissioners discussed the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KDBI) for Burnet County, which was measuring a low of 201 in the northern end of the county and a high of 498 in the south end of the county, with an average of 331 for the county. While neighboring counties Llano, Travis and Williamson had passed burn bans prior to Tuesday, Lampasas and Blanco counties had not.

The KBDI is used to determine forest fire potential. The drought index is based on daily water balance, where a drought factor is balanced with precipitation and soil moisture (assumed to have a maximum storage capacity of eight inches) and is expressed in hundredths of an inch of soil moisture depletion.


County lowers 2017 tax rate by 1.4 percent



Burnet County Commissioners Court officially decreased the ad valorem tax rate for the second fiscal year in a row.

Commissioners Court met on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and approved an effective tax rate for the 2017 fiscal year that is a 1.4 percent reduction compared to last year's rate.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley said the new rate, which is .3969 per $100 valuation, will amount to a $369.90 tax per year for a property valued at $100,000. For those residents whose property values didn't rise this year, the new tax will represent a 1.4 percent reduction in their county taxes.

The lower effective rate is the “culmination of rising property values in the county,” Oakley said. “It would have been a lot lower this year, but we had a lot more seniors qualify for the tax freeze.”

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