Commissioners to consider budget Monday

County Judge Rick Lewis will present the 2017-2018 proposed county budget during a regular meeting of the commissioners court at 9 a.m. on July 24.

County officials have heard numerous requests from department heads and elected officials for budget increases during three previous budget workshops.

In the first, Montague County Tax Assessor-Collector Sydney Nowell asked for a part-time position be moved to full-time.

In a second workshop, District Judge McGaughey asked the court for double the amount in pay for jurors and a change in software used by the county. County officials also were asked for an additional $8,000 in funds for Helen Farabee Center.

Montague County Emergency Management Coordinator Kelly McNabb requested funding for a radio tower repair, but commissioners decided to use contingency funds from the 2016-2017 budget. An official request for repairs is on the agenda for Monday.

In the last budget workshop, Saint Jo Volunteer Fire Department Chief Scott Thomas requested additional funding for his department.

Another budget workshop will be at the end of Monday’s meeting.

Commissioners also have numerous business items to discuss on Monday, including the transfer of the title of the old Bellmire Nursing Home property to the City of Bowie and the appointment of 2017-2018 election judges and alternate judges.

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