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Commissioners extend burn ban
May 20, 2013 | 1165 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
REFUGIO – Refugio County commissioners voted to extend the county’s burn ban for an additional 30 days at their meeting Tuesday morning, May 14.

Refugio County Chief Deputy Weldon Wignington said the county was currently wet in the north and south parts.

He said the 14-day outlook appeared to be heading back to Keetch-Byram drought index reading of 545, the bench mark for burn bans.

Taking that advice, the commissioners voted to approve extending the current burn ban that would have ended May 23 to June 23.

Wignington noted that the commissioners always can come back and lift the ban if the county received enough moisture.

Commissioners also granted a five-year tax abatement to homeowners Vecente Vela Jr. and Linda Howe for their minimum requirement investment of $150,000. The homeowners are making a $261,000 investment.

The abatement is on a scale of 80 percent, 60 percent, 40 percent, 20 percent and 0 percent during the next five years beginning in 2014.

Commissioners also accepted the Refugio County Sheriff Office’s report for April traffic vioations.

Total fines for vehicles was $52,060.

Commissioners also approved the sale of tax property gained from lack of tax payment.

The purchaser -- going through Linebarger Googan Blair and Sampson attorneys at law in Corpus Christi – agreed to pay all back taxes as part of the deal.

The property is one-third of Lot 19, Block 17 in Refugio at 608 E. Federacion St.

Commissioners also approved a Notary Public bond for Refugio County Tax Assessor-Collector Ida Turner.

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