Bee County commissioners agreed recently to make two offers to Bee County schools for their tax collection rate.
The first is $1.93 — what the county auditor thinks it takes to collect the taxes — or $1.42 — what Beeville ISD believes it takes to collect their taxes.
“Nobody is going to take the 1.93,” admitted Judge David Silva after the Commissioners Court meeting on May 24.
Silva said that while he believes the more accurate amount is the higher rate, the court will accept the $1.42 for tax collection.
“That is the settlement,” he said. “We don’t like it but we have to be okay with it.”
The settlement is the end result of a lawsuit filed against the county by BISD last September when commissioners voted to increase the rate from $1.50 per parcel to $1.98 per parcel, which would have hiked BISD’s fee by an additional $7,000 or so to $26,000.
The school district filed the lawsuit against the county after the school district was notified of the rate hike and also notified that the county would not collect taxes for a lesser amount.
Commissioners say the higher rate ensures the county is covering its costs for tax collection services.
BISD has always maintained that it is being overcharged for tax collection services. School district officials believe BISD should be paying closer to $1 per parcel for tax collection services.
The $1.42, an amount derived from a calculation based upon salary and expenses associated with collecting the districts taxes, is the amount reached and agreed to by both trustees and commissioners.
Commissioners also approved tearing down the old crew room due to termite infestation, a Head Start budget revision to pay for two new buses, and changes to the Expo Center bylaws.
The court also approved submitting a grant request for funding a local enforcement officer and equipment in relation to illegal dumping. This position, if approved, will take the place of Dennis DeWitt when he takes office as commissioner, and begin on Jan. 1 of next year.
Due to a surplus inventory that dates back to the 1950s, the court will be selling excess items at an as yet undetermined time.
This year, the Bee County Child Welfare Board will bring back the July 4 Bicycle Classic. The event will be held on July 3 and proceeds will be used to buy clothes and other items for the Rainbow Room. The ride will include 25- and 50-mile routes.