Departments present budgets to CoF council

Several departments presented their budget proposals to Fairfield city councilmen Monday, Aug. 27, but no decisions will be made until closer to October. Leslie Tate, Freestone County Historical Museum board treasurer, presented their budget requesting $40,000 – the regular $15,000 operating costs plus an additional $25,000 for the 1880s Freestone County Jail project.

Tate said the board is hoping to continue with the project by removing any interior walls not original to the building, relocating the stairs to the original place, and stabilizing the floor.

Freestone County gave the museum $10,000 in operating costs, but chose to give none for the project.

“If we’re not funded on operating costs we’d have to shut the doors,” said Tate.

Tate also reported a “very busy, eventful year.” The board is working on several projects and Tate has begun keeping registries from the museum, as well as estimates of visitor’s economic impact in the community. After receiving a grant to digitize local newspapers, Tate said 161 volumes of The Fairfield Recorder and Teague Chronicle are now uploaded on Portal to Texas History website.

Amy Ralstin, David Fairly, and David ?? presented their Market Days budgets, as well as visitor totals since the event began in April. According to Ralstin’s records, all businesses on the square during her once-a-month market reported increased sales – one up to a 40 percent increase.

The next Fairfield Fest event is slated for Friday-Sunday


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