Court votes trio as appraisal directors

In a special meeting of the McCulloch County Commissioners, only three of the six individuals suggested to serve terms on the Tax Appraisal District Board of Directors received votes from the Commissioners. Given several options on how to vote, the Commissioners opted to split their votes between Michael Holubec, Kirk Roddie and Rodney Young. Others suggested to serve terms were John Evans, Wilma Neal and Glenda Ranne. A total of 5,000 votes are required and are distributed by the County (975 votes) Brady ISD (3,045), Lohn ISD (235), Rochelle ISD (395), the City of Brady (340) and the City of Melvin (10). In a separate item and at the suggestion of the county auditors, the Commissioners voted to approve a county capitalization policy. The capitalization policy is part of new government standards that the county will have to get in line with to be eligible for grants in the future. The policy requires that a minimum amount of funds be set aside for equipment that the county purchases that can in turn be set up on a depreciation schedule (precinct equipment, cars, phone systems, copiers, etc.). The Commissioners unanimously voted to set the policy at $7,500. With no representative present at Monday’s meeting, the Commissioners tabled the report from The Haven, McCulloch County’s women and childrens’ shelter. In other business, the Commissioners approved the purchase of software/office equipment for the Justice of the Peace office. The item was brought forth in a previous meeting, but the Commissioners only took official action on Monday. After much discussion, the Commissioners voted to pay their portion of an insurance claim filed by Brownwood Regional Medical Center through West Texas Rural County’s Association. The claim is outstanding in the amount of $302.73, and Brownwood Regional has offered to settle the claim for only the county’s portion of $61.16. Members of the County Board of Development were appointed to new 2001-2002 terms on Monday. Members selected for the board are Conise Green, Yolanda Trevino, Manuelita Richards, Leslie Phillips and Vernon Jones. Other items approved on the Commissioners agenda were a bond for Jennifer Owens and the allocation of funds for a new vehicle for the county sheriff’s department. An estimated $8,000 was received from the county’s insurance company when one of the sheriff’s department’s vehicles, a 1997 Ford, was totaled in a recent accident.

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