Scheduling conflict resulted in change in date

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

After a scheduling conflict, the public hearing on the proposed Jim Wells County budget, originally scheduled for Thursday, was moved to Sept 27.

Jim Wells County Judge L. Arnoldo Saenz explained on Thursday that when it was announced at the Sept. 10 meeting of the commissioner's court that the hearing would take place on Sept. 20, there wasn't enough time to enter a public announcement in the newspaper for the state mandated 10-day notice.

Following the meeting, and by the time the announcement was given to the newspaper, there would have been only eight days between the announcement and the meeting, said County Judge's Secretary Hilda Montemayor.

Saenz rescheduled the public hearing for Sep. 27, and the announcement was published in the Alice Echo-News Journal last week.

The public hearing will focus on the proposed county budget, followed by a discussion on the budget by commissioners and then approval of a budget and tax rate for the county.

Commissioners decided in a record vote at the Sept. 11 meeting, to stay at the proposed effective tax rate of $0.6580 for the 2008 proposed county budget. The effective tax rate is the rate necessary to collect the same amount of tax revenue as last year. Last year's tax rate was $0.7058. By staying at the effective rate and not increasing taxes, the court did not have to hold a public hearing on the tax rate.

Following the Sept. 27 meeting, the court will hold its regularly scheduled commissioner's court meeting on Sept. 28.