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Fannin County Commissioners Court issues bonds for justice center, predicts lower county tax rate
By Allen Rich
Jun 30, 2022
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Fannin County, Texas -- All five members of Fannin County Commissioners Court were present for a regular meeting held Tuesday, June 28, 2022. The meeting opened with an invocation by Rex Jackson, Director of Music at Boyd Baptist Church, followed by the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner" in honor of the upcoming Independence Day celebration. Pledges were led by Major James Manis (Ret.).

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Fannin County Commissioners Court authorized the issuance of “Fannin County, Texas Combination Tax And Limited Pledge Revenue Certificates Of Obligation, Series 2022”; providing for the payment of said certificates by the levy of an ad valorem tax upon all taxable property within the county and further securing said certificates by a lien on and pledge of the pledged revenues of the county’s library system; authorizing the execution of any necessary engagement agreements with the county’s financial advisors; and providing an effective date.

These bonds will be used to transform the former Brookshire's building into a justice center; any surplus money that is available after the project will be earmarked for county precincts to help with road repairs.

Mark McLiney, Senior Managing Director of SAMCO Capital Markets, Inc. and the county's financial advisor, said the bonds for $11 million went out for bid June 27, 2022, at an interest rate of 4.22%.


Fannin County Judge Randy Moore noted that the county's tax rate in 2020 was $0.5890 per $100 of valuation, but he estimates the county's next tax rate will fall into in the range of $0.48 to $0.50 in order to offset escalating property values.

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Bonham Fire Chief Scott Ridling provided commissioners court with the EMS monthly report for May 2022.

As the county grows, calls and transports are increasing.

"We are trying to stay ahead of that curve," Chief Ridling remarked.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved the Emergency Management Role & Authority Manual.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved a 90-day free trial of Active911/eDispatch Interface through Tyler Technologies; First Responders notification system for County Fire Departments.

This free trial does not commit commissioners court to a long-term contract; Fannin County IT Director Dustin Morrow will evaluate the trial period and report back to the court in mid-September.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to select Firetrol Protection Systems to perform annual fire safety inspections for $8,215 annually; funds will come from contingency this year and be budgeted next year.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court selected McCraw’s Chapel Water Corporation as the next Community Development Block Grant recipient from Texas Department of Agriculture.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved a replat for lots 8 and 9 of Club Estates, Property ID#s 101258, 101259 in Honey Grove.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court passed on an agenda item regarding a short plat for Cascia Estates, 17 lots on 19.92 acres on CR 4045/4040 in Leonard; Property ID#s 84204 and 124148.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved minutes from a regular meeting on June 14, 2022.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court discussed guidelines regarding the location for coffee on the first floor of the historic 1888 Fannin County Courthouse.

In order to protect wood floors, it was suggested that coffee pots be located in rooms with concrete floors

The court approved one coffee pot on a desk with tray  that is available in JP clerk's room.


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Fannin County Commissioners Court passed on a discussion regarding responsibility for future Lake Ralph Hall shoreline, leaving this duty to the Lake Ralph Hall Zoning Commission.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved the purchase a 2023 RawMaxx Gooseneck Dump Trailer from The Trailer Guys for $13,700 for Precinct 1.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court authorized the purchase of a Case IH F130A 4WD Cab Tractor from ASCO Equipment for $101,750 for Precinct 3 to be paid out of TexPool fund.

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The Fannin County District Clerk’s office reported $18,946.17 collected in May 2022.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court approved the payment of bills.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court went into executive session at 10:23 a.m. to deliberate personnel matters regarding the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee; or (2) to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee – regarding county positions and salaries.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court set the annual salary of the new Fannin County Purchasing Agent, Shonda Magness, at $54,000.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court selected the Texas Association of Counties health insurance plan for Fannin County employees.


This plan retains the $500 deductible and co-pay remains $25.


One stipulation is that employees must consult with their primary physician before seeing a specialist.

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Commissioners court will discuss the need to implement a burn ban next week.

"If you have something you need to burn outside, you better do it before Tuesday," advised Judge Moore.

Moore was ecstatic at the announcement that the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee would block the confirmation of the nine-member Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) Commission that would have considered closing and privatizing a large portion of the current VA health care system.

"Thank you for all the work you have done to stop that," he told county residents who have been contacting elected representatives in order to bring attention to the deeply flawed recommendation by the AIR Commission.

Moore also noted that June is National Cancer Survivor Month.

CERTS volunteers who would like to help park cars at Lake Bonham for the annual fireworks show should contact Jennifer Peaco or Troy Hudson this week and show up at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2022; fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m.