At a regular meeting of the Hopkins County Commissioners Court Monday morning, the court approved its’ budget for the next fiscal that begins October 1. The tax rate in the budget increases a bit, according to County Judge Robert Newsom. Also, Monday morning the Hopkins County Commissioners Court approved a disaster recovery grant, a Texas Community Development Block Grant, that will be providing funds to offset money spent on county roads during a wet, rainy winter and spring.
Newsom said the grant is both good news and not so good news. The grant is limited to $350,000 and will be divided between all four county precincts. Specific roads were named in the application according to grant guidelines. The Judge stated that the county will continue to applying for funds for roadwork.
The tax rate increase will cover the cost of the jail and for renovations to the civic center. Newsom said the cost ran over the remodeling funding provided by the local school district. the school district is leasing the auditorium at the civic center.
The county budget should be found on the county website either Tuesday or Wednesday according to Judge Newsom.