County to hold first budget workshop

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 15, mainly for a budget workshop, but also to discuss and possibly take action on several items concerning the County Fairgrounds, and other matters.
This will be the first budget meeting of this year’s preparation for the new fiscal year’s budget, which must be completed by the end of September. County Judge Daniel Burkeen is working on the budget, and department heads give him input on any extra expenses they may have and want to be reflected in the budget.
In separate matter, three items related to the County Fairgrounds are on the agenda:
• Accepting a bid to buy additional horse stalls.
• Accepting donations that have been procured for the facility.
• Approving a plan to add dressing rooms at the show barn, since the people who show animals or perform often have to change clothing.
In other business, the county is being asked to take action on providing training for a K-9 dog for Constable Pct. 3 Glenn Shoemaker. A Sheriff’s Deputy already has one K-9 dog, so this would be a second drug-sniffing dog for the county.
An additional item to discuss concerns a recent opinion by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, that requires that commissioners courts approve all bills and expenditures before they are made. Some people believe this means that the court must hold extra meeting, even before, say, payroll is made or an urgent bill is paid.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen said Limestone County commissioners need to discuss the matter and decide what they will do.
“His payment came out recently that said we can’t do payroll until commissioners court approves it,” Burkeen said. “If we follow that, we have to have extra meetings every time payroll doesn’t come in sync (with commissioners court meetings). Some counties are just not going to do that, but we have to talk about that and see how we’re going to react to that.”
Tuesday’s meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the county courtroom of the courthouse, 200 W. State Street in Groesbeck.