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BISD, Bee County set to mediate dispute over tax collection rate
by Scott Reese Willey
Dec 13, 2009 | 1135 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A mediator will meet with representatives from Bee County and Beeville Independent School District on Wednesday, Dec. 16, and attempt to help them settle the dispute over the cost of tax collection services.

“We’re willing to talk and compromise and we hope they’re willing to talk and compromise,” said Bee County Judge David Silva.

He said he doesn’t know who the mediator is at this time.

District Court Judge Joel Johnson ordered both parties to mediation after the school district filed a lawsuit against the county earlier this year.

School officials said they were forced to file the lawsuit after the county increased the service fee for tax collection services from $1.50 per parcel of property to $1.98 and prohibited the tax assessor-collector from collecting taxes for anything less.

The four school districts affected by the increase had already budgeted tax collection services at $1.50 per parcel.

In response to the lawsuit, commissioners voted to suspend the authorization for the tax assessor-collector to collect $1.98 per parcel of property until the issue of the fees for services is resolved.

If no agreement between the two parties is reached in mediation as to the costs of collection, Johnson has ordered the parties to request a hearing to seek a ruling regarding the costs of collection and any other unresolved issues remaining in this case.

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