By Lindsay Starr Platt
After ordinary business at this week’s Commissioner’s Court, Judge Jon Burrows read a proclamation that was approved and proclaimed that September 2016 in Bell County as “Shaken Baby Syndrome and Child Safety Awareness Month”. The proclamation was presented to Exchange Club member Maureen Jouette of Killeen.
“The number one mission of Exchange Club is the prevention of child abuse,” said Jouette. “Leaving a child in the car is very dangerous.”
Jouette also mentioned how children can be affected by shaken baby syndrome without intentional abuse, such as bouncing infants on a person’s knee and tossing them in the air, even though the baby may seem to enjoy it.
“One-third of the American public does not know that that it is dangerous to shake a baby,” said Burrows.
The FY 2016-2017 Budget and Tax Rates for Bell County and Bell County Road District were adopted and approved on Monday in the Commissioners’ Courtroom. The tax rate for Bell County will be 45.11¢ per $100.00 valuation for FY 2017. The ratification of the property tax increase reflected in the budget was also approved as pursuant to Section 111.039(c) of the Local Government Code.
“This tax rate will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year’s tax rate,” said Burrows. “This tax rate will effectively be raised by 1.553354% and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximately $6.90.”
The Order Restricting Outdoor Burning (Burn Ban) was reevaluated on and no action was taken and no burn ban is currently in effect for Bell County.
The commissioners passed the motion to approve the Change Request #3 for the contract for the renovation work being done at Temple Annex. Chaney-Cox Construction will be doing the work for the amount of $12,936.
Considerations were authorized for the renewal of the last four one-year renewals with JC Communications for Fiber Maintenance Services.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Bell County and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service was approved for Information Technology (IT) Services provided by Bell County.
Commissioners also approved a contract with Global Asset for IT asset disposal for the county.
“Old computers and IT assets that have no value for the county will be sold. The third party company will sell those items and we will get 50% of the money back,” said Adam Ward, Director of Technology Services for Bell County.
The county commissioners met for a workshop following the regular meeting.