Current property tax rates for Live Oak County are $0.44 per $100 valuation and the proposed rate was approved for $0.42397 per $100 valuation.
Live Oak County Judge Jim Huff said the amount can be lowered. The proposed rate is to let the community know that this would be the maximum amount they would set it at for the upcoming fiscal year. How those funds are divided between the general fund, road and bridge and other county sectors can still be manipulated.
Huff also said the proposed decrease is also due to the overall increase in property values in Live Oak County.
The commissioners also approved consolidating polling places throughout the county.
County Clerk Karen Irving said there are currently seven open positions for election judges, but the primary reason for consolidating is because voter identification requirements have changed, and personnel for each polling place need to be retrained.
“It’s not going to be an easy task to train them,” Irving said. “That takes a lot of time and effort. They have to be trained properly on how to do it with the new ID rules.”
As for allowing the sale of liquor on the south end of the county, there is some confusion on who would vote for that decision. The decision to go dry in the southern portion of county in areas such as Clegg, Lagarto and Annarose was made back in 1982, but precinct lines have changed since then.
What needs to be determined is if this would be for Precinct 1 or 3, or both. Huff said the commissioners court needs to make a decision based on how it was handled in the past but also needs to follow what the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says they need do when calling an election in the area.
“Ultimately, it goes down to this court on which areas are going to vote,” Irving said.