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Commissioners to discuss, perhaps accept, BISD’s settlement offer
by Scott Reese Willey
Jan 21, 2010 | 2440 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bee County leaders are scheduled to meet Friday to discuss — and perhaps accept — Beeville ISD’s latest offer to settle the ongoing dispute over tax collection service.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. in the commissioners courtroom and is open to the public. However, there is no provision on the agenda which would allow the public to speak during the meeting.

Here’s how the agenda reads: “Discussion and action on proposal submitted by BISD to settle tax collection fees and pending litigation.”

BISD trustees voted last week to offer the county $16,500 to settle the dispute.

Commissioners voted last August to raise the rate of tax collection service for the four school districts from $1.50 per parcel of property to $1.98. The increase would hike BISD’s payment from around $19,000 to about $26,000.

BISD said the dispute is not over the additional $7,000 but over the excessive amount school districts are paying to the county for tax collection services.

Beeville ISD has paid $423,015 to the county for tax collection services since 1999, according to information provided to the Bee-Picayune by the school board.

BISD Trustee Tom Beasley estimates that all the taxing entities combined have paid between $500,000 and $1 million to the county for tax collection services over the years.

Commissioners voted last August to raise the rate of tax collection service for the four school districts from $1.50 per parcel of property to $1.98. The increase would hike BISD’s payment from around $19,000 to about $26,000. The three other school districts would pay smaller increases.

BISD said the dispute is not over the additional $7,000 but over the excessive amount school districts are paying to the county for tax collection services.

Beeville ISD has paid $423,015 to the county for tax collection services since 1999, according to information provided to the Bee-Picayune by the school board.

County commissioners say they only want to ensure that the county is getting a fair price for its services.

BISD filed a lawsuit against the county in September after the school district was informed that the county had raised the cost of its tax collection services to $1.98 and would not collect taxes for a lesser amount.

A judge ordered both sides into mediation.

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TTindol13
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January 22, 2010
Taxes have increased in the last ten years, if the current charge is $19,000 why would BISD have paid $423,015, the numbers don't jive! When I went to school $19,000 times ten was $190,000.