Commissioners Court


Emergency response agreement tabled

After Pct. 4 Commissioner Clyde Ridge voiced his concerns over an interlocal agreement, commissioners chose to table the item placed on the agenda by Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley during the first meeting of the year Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Groesbeck Police Department and Mexia Police Department have formed an Emergency Response Tactical Team and invited FCSO and several other agencies to join. The agreement is for assistance in the event of a large scale emergency.

“It could provide the necessary manpower to successfully handle an issue without depleting our own staff and allowing us to continue to handle our regular duties,” said Shipley.


Commissioners canvass votes, find discrepancy

After finding a small discrepancy between the number of total ballots cast and the number of provisional, or paper, ballots while canvassing, County Judge Linda Grant asked County Clerk Linda Jarvis to have a representative call the court.

Jarvis said the ballot board manually tallied the provisional ballots.

“They [the voter] may have made a mark or left it blank and because they [the ballot board] doesn’t know what was intended they [the ballot board] put marks for all the overvotes,” Jarvis explained. “That is their explanation of how they make the choice, what the voter intended.”


Another bridge project for Pct. 4

Pct. 4 Commissioner Clyde Ridge got approval from the court to seek bids in another bridge project on which he is busy working. The court okayed his request Wednesday, Oct. 17, for a bridge on County Road 1070.

“It’s on a bus route,” Ridge explained. “It’s in bad, bad condition.”

The plan is to widen the bridge, add a concrete deck, and drop more pilings to ensure a safer crossing. This bridge is part of the state program in which Ridge is involved where the state will renovate a bridge on County Road 1100 in exchange for his renovating this one.


Tax rate increase proposed, 2% raise given

County Treasurer Jeannie Keeney (right) was sworn in Monday morning by County Judge Linda Grant.
Courtesy photo

A proposed tax rate increase has been suggested by Freestone County Judge Linda Grant and was approved by commissioners during budget talks Wednesday, July 25. An increase of two cents is proposed, which would bring the tax rate to 0.3594 per $100 valuation if passed. Each one cent the tax rate is raised equals $235,000.

The county received preliminary values in April from the Freestone Central Appraisal District (FCAD), which reported a possible 6.74 percent decrease in taxable value; however, Judge Grant said the certified values ended up being “not that much.”


Municipal annexation on Nov. ballot

Freestone County Commissioner's met Wednesday, July 11, to discuss the addition of municipal annexation to all countywide ballots for the Nov. 6 election. For some time, Freestone County residents have been circulating a petition regarding the annexation of outlying areas. These residents have gone through the steps needed to see this item on the ballot in the upcoming election.

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