Weatherford Democrat

Local News

August 30, 2011

Too little, too late?

Commissioner Roth says slow go on county budget

(Continued)

WEATHERFORD — Same schedule

In the judge’s mind, the budget process is status quo and Roth is trying to “create an issue.”

“I find it interesting that he would talk to a reporter and not to me,” Riley said.

“[The schedule] is not any different from any other year,” he said. “The bulk of our meetings will be in September. We’ll get them set around the first of September, but the court will set some of them.”

Riley said he knew some of the commissioners would be gone in August, and so avoided scheduling budget sessions.

Another reason to wait is the county has yet to receive information about health insurance costs, a significant expense.

“Then we’ll have everything tied down,” he said.

Budget basics

The county’s low fund balance will be a topic in this year’s budget discussions, Riley said.

Financial advisors have recommended the court triple the county’s low fund balance to $4 million, either by raising the tax rate, employing more conservative budgeting practices or redirecting funds from individual precinct fund balances, the road and bridge fund or the debt service fund.

How to boost that balance — which everyone agrees should increase, he said — will be up to the court.

“I am going to suggest some ideas, but I will keep those for public discussion,” Riley said.

Riley said he did not expect to see commissioners increase the tax rate 1.3 cents each year for two years, as suggested by First Southwest Company.

And, in his opinion, he said more conservative budgeting could not be done. Departments were “cut to the bare bones last year,” he said. This year, none have asked for additional employees “at this point.”

A cover letter posted online for the FY 2011-12 budget states the tax rate for the proposed budget is the “effective tax rate,” the rate that will generate the same amount of revenue for the county as last year on property of comparable value as set by the appraisal district.

The letter states the new budget will raise $1.3 million more property taxes than last year, with $348,000 of them coming from new properties added to the tax roll.

Staying within the effective tax rate means only one public hearing on the budget will be required, Roth said, though special budget agendas will be posted in the coming weeks, according to Kertok.

The number of agendas, Riley said, will be determined by the court.

“It could be a few or multiple,” he said. “Historically it’s four or five.”

Text Only
Local News
  • 0727 loc peaster ffa.jpg Peaster FFA students attend state convention

    The 86th Texas FFA Convention was recently held in Fort Worth. Peaster’s Hannah Ford completed her year of service as a state officer. 

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Parker County Heritage Society to meet Aug. 19

    Parker County Heritage Society will meet Aug. 19 in the home of Nathan and Abby Hamessely at 410 W. Spring St. at 7 p.m. 

    July 27, 2014

  • AgriLife to offer parenting classes Aug. 19, 21

    The Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer parenting classes on Aug. 19 and 21, 2014, at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center. The classes will be from 1-5 p.m. each day and will include lunch. The cost to attend the class is $10 per person for the two-day class. Scholarships are available.

    July 27, 2014

  • CASA receives national certification for its efforts

    WEATHERFORD – CASA Hope for Children of Parker and Palo Pinto County has just been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. This certification recognizes that CASA Hope for Children is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.

    July 26, 2014

  • 0725 loc whs ffa.jpg Weatherford FFA attends state convention in Fort Worth

    Members from the Weatherford FFA chapter attended the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention July 14-18 in Fort Worth.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • DAILY RECORD: Marriages and deaths

    Marriages and deaths recorded from July 16, 2014 to July 22, 2014. This information is being provided as a courtesy by the Parker County Clerk. Every effort is made to see that the information is correct and complete. The Parker County Clerk is not responsible should there be an error within the information provided.

    July 25, 2014

  • Dept. of State Health Services releases Aug. schedules

    Texas Department of State Health Services immunization clinics for August:

    July 24, 2014

  • 0723 loc WC upward bound.jpg Traveling the path to success

    Several factors aligned to set Louriann Villa on the path to success including a mother she considers a hero, the Weatherford College Upward Bound program and scholarship funds.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Weatherford DAR to host summer workshop

    Weatherford Chapter-DAR will be hosting the District II summer workshop with 94 members from across North Texas attending on Saturday, July 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Side Baptist Church.

    July 23, 2014

  • Painting with a Twist/Painting with a Purpose

    Looking for a fun night out? Join us for the Parker Paws Painting with a Purpose fundraiser from 7-9 p.m. 

    July 20, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow