Schleicher County Commissioners met Tuesday, September 6th and adopted the county’s 2023 budget totaling $5,855,070.

Much of the budget will be funded by a combination of fees, state supplements, grant funds and sales taxes. Still a large portion will be funded by property tax so the commissioners voted to set a tax rate of 69.59 cents per $100 valuation in order to balance the books. That’s the same tax rate the commissioners adopted last year, but will yield more revenue due to increased property values.

The county is expected to receive $3,976,052 in property tax revenue next year.
Commissioners Gary Gibson, Steve Nelson, Chris Meador and County Judge Charlie Bradley voted in favor of the budget and tax rate. Commissioner Kirk Griffin was absent.

In other business, the commissioners approved a resolution supporting a grant application for the purchase of bullet reistant shields. They also approved a list of sheriff and constable fees that remain unchanged from last year.

The purchase of a computer program called “DebtBook” was likewise approved. It was noted that the program will help the county treasurer’s office as it transitions to new accounting standards as required by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

The money for the $3,000 purchase will come from the treasurer’s office budget. The program will help with detailed tracking of the county’s assets and depreciation expenses.

The commissioners also approved Treasurer Jennifer Henderson’s request to purchase a new computer server for the courthouse’s security cameras. VGI Technology will provide the server at a cost of $5,255.

County Clerk Mary Ann Gonzalez explained that a Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant had been received to assist with election security. She would like to use the funds for a security cage in which to keep past election ballots secure. The court gave Gonzalez permisson to purchase what she needs using the HAVA grant funds.

The next meeting of the Schleicher County Commissioners Court is slated for 9 a.m. on Monday, September 19, 2022, in the Memorial Building.