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College tax could decrease

By Kristen Tribe | Published Sunday, August 15, 2010

Taxpayers could see a decrease in their Weatherford College Wise County tax.

Last year the tax was 5 cents per $100 valuation, but the effective rate for fiscal year 2011 is 4.7791 cents per $100 valuation.

Commissioners meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, at the Wise County courthouse in Decatur to propose the rate for the coming year.

County Judge Bill McElhaney said during Tuesday’s meeting that the tax will most likely be set at the effective rate or slightly less.

He also plans to report on the Weatherford College Wise County project at the next regular meeting Monday, Aug. 23.

Controlled burning

Fire Marshal Marc Dodd did not recommend a burn ban, but he said he would like to base future burn-ban decisions on National Weather Service red-flag days, instead of on the Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI), which is currently used.

“I’m trying to find a burn-ban proclamation where it would be based on National Weather Service red-flag days, which is based on vegetation, wind speed, humidity and things that make a difference,” said Dodd.

“The KBDI index is based on soil conditions. This would be more of a day-by-day situation instead of saying ‘we’re going to do this for 30 days’ and let vegetation accumulate.”

Other business

Commissioners also:

  • appointed Gary Bible, Gary Clayton and Tom Goode to the Wise County
  • Flood Damage Prevention Board.

  • approved a contract with the city of Alvord for animal-control services.
  • approved a $110,480.45 bid from Texas Water Products for a project within the Walnut Creek Special Utility District. Grant money is being used for the project, but a requirement of the grant is that decisions go through county commissioners.
  • approved the 2010-2011 Indigent Health Care Program and Procedures. They also approved the appointments of Sue Black of Chico, Danita Noyes of Bridgeport and Linda Belknap of Alvord to the Appeal Committee.

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