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Year in Review: County spends year planning renovation projects
More than two years have passed since the Wilson County Commissioners Court ordered the evacuation of much of the historic Wilson County Courthouse in downtown Floresville. Yet, commissioners spent much of 2013 on preparations to renovate and stabilize the 130-year-old structure.
The courthouse project, along with the conversion of portions of the Wilson County Courthouse Annex III into a new county library and criminal justice center, were the focus of a push by commissioners to issue $8.5 million in certificates of obligation. A group of voters, who thought that citizens should be able to decide on whether to authorize such an expenditure, successfully petitioned for the matter to be placed on the November election ballot.
Amid low voter turnout, the ballot proposition -- which also included verbiage related to an animal shelter and road repairs -- passed by just 11 votes. A complaint to the Texas Secretary of State and attempts to order a recount were fruitless.
Because of the special election, the certificates of obligation were not a factor in the county’s 2014 fiscal year budget. However, the addition of an information technology department and 5-percent across-the-board salary increases for all county employees were part of an adopted $18,483,822 budget supported by an ad valorem tax rate of 45.33 per $100 of taxable value.
Another change for the county related to the departure of former auditor Verna Gorzell, who resigned in December after serving in that capacity for approximately 1-1/2 years. Tom Dupnick was selected as her successor.
Also a major topic for the commissioners court and several other area government entities was Gordon Swenson’s application to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to use domestic septage to fertilize a 298.3-acre hayfield straddling the Wilson-Gonzales county line. Despite resolutions in opposition to the proposal by the Wilson County Commissioners Court, the Nixon Hospital District, and the Nixon-Smiley, Floresville, Poth, and Stockdale school districts, and a heated public hearing March 28, TCEQ in July approved the permit.
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