NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Decisions on how to spend Nacogdoches County taxpayers' money will soon begin. Preparation is underway for upcoming budget workshops.
Anew judge, a lame duck commissioner, and two incumbents are at odds over the task at hand. Former city commissioner and now Nacogdoches County Judge Mike Perry knows this about placing tax dollars into a budget.
"I's been a long time. In fact, I've never done one for the county so it will be a new experience,
Perry says he anticipates no problems," Perry said. "The confidence supports his goal."
"We will balance the budget," Perry said. "We won't spend more money than what we have coming in."
The current $17 million budget required a tax hike and pulling from the general fund reserves to stay in the black. Lame duck commissioner Charles Thomson was there. He said he'll face the challenges to the very end.
"I care very much for the people of Nacogdoches County, and I want to do the best I can until December 31 at 11:59 p.m.," Thomson said.
The road and bridge department is planning to work within the same budget as it had before. This time, equipment costing upwards of a quarter of a million dollars will be acquired differently than previous years.
"We've already taken advantage of trying to lease some equipment," Doyle Williams, the county's road administrator said. "We're not through with that process yet. We're waiting on the final numbers for that, and hopefully, that's gonna get us through for the year."
Law enforcement is another priority. Jail renovations or additions have been proposed. No answer has been given. Many expenditures will ride on how much tax revenue comes in.
Here's the timeline. Budget workshops are scheduled for the week of July 14.Certified appraisal rolls and collection rates will be delivered to the court by July 25. Public hearing will be held in August prior to budget adoption in September.