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August 23, 2013

County enacts burn ban, sets proposed tax rate

ROCKWALL — The Rockwall County Commissioners have set the proposed tax rate for 2014 at 39.59 cents per hundred dollars, an increase of 95 cents from the 2013 tax rate of 38.64 cents. The increase will be used to help pay debts stemming from county road bonds established in 2004 and 2008.

The public is invited and encouraged to address the Commissioners Court on the tax rate increase, as well as any other item on the proposed 2014 budget, during the next Commissioners Court meeting, scheduled for Aug. 27 at 9 a.m. at the Historic Courthouse, located on the downtown square in Rockwall.

A full copy of the proposed budget can be viewed on the county website at rockwallcountytexas.com.

The Commissioners Court recently enacted a county-wide burn ban, effective Aug. 20 and set for a period of 90 days. The ban was approved based upon the index used to evaluate drought conditions and can be removed if conditions improve sufficiently. The current burn ban is set to expire Nov. 17.

A complete agenda for the Aug. 27 regular meeting of the Commissioners Court can also be found on the county website.

On the following day, a Rockwall County Road Consortium meeting will be held at 6 p.m., to discuss county road bond issues, implementation of the bond projects and growth issues facing the county and its citizens. It is also open to the public.

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