Taxpayers can provide input on county's budget at Tuesday's workshop

Published on Sunday, 16 July 2017 15:34 - Written by FAITH HARPER,

Residents with concerns or questions about Smith County’s budget will have a chance to address the Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday.

The governing body has a budget hearing scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, and it’s open to the public.

It’s the third budget hearing the county has hosted. In early June, the county held two day-long hearings.

Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran said this hearing will be open to residents to speak about the budget process thus far.

“This is why I wanted to make that first workshop a long workshop,” Moran said. “I wanted folks to hear all the discussion as possible so they can come back in this one (on Tuesday) and provide feedback if they wanted to.”

The court will also hear from a department that could not present at the two-day workshop - the purchasing department.

Other department heads with new or modified requests are also invited.

“If our department heads thought of something that needs to be included, now is the time, so the court can discuss anything else that needs to be discussed before I try to finish the working budget,” Moran said.

Moran anticipates filing a proposed budget on July 31.

In other business:

- Commissioners will set the time for a public hearing for the District Court Records Technology Fund fee, which is required by state law.

- A resolution of support for the bids for the sale of struck- off properties will be considered.

- Commissioners will also go into executive session to discuss “matters pertaining to” the Cotton Belt building.

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