By Lisa Treiber-Walter —
“Biting the bullet” and moving ahead on what are being described as some of the biggest decisions in the county’s history, Gillespie County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday, Sept. 9, to:
• Approve a $30 million budget for 2014,
• Hike the property tax rate by 6.69 cents, and,
• Approve a $12,073,877 guaranteed maximum price proposal for contruction of the new jail.
“We don’t like it any more than you do, but we’ve got to bite the bullet and move on,” Commissioner Billy Roeder told a county courtroom packed with citizens who shouted out such things as “We need an additional hearing!” and “We demand a revote!”
In the end, however, those folks were told that their time to speak had come and gone at the county’s previous public hearings on the jail issue last summer and during the county’s budget and tax rate hearings held Aug. 30 and Sept. 3.