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Improvements seenin treasurer’s office

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Diana Buckley
Ellis County Communications

Ellis County Treasurer Judy Burden told Commissioners on Monday that her office has made great strides in its efforts to bring the office up to date and ensure that it is operating at an efficient and accurate level.

Burden said when she first came to the office in January of 2007, working under then Treasurer Greg Wilhelm, the office had no working office procedure manual in place, was working under a 1995 records retention schedule, and reconciliation of bank accounts was seriously in arrears, with the County's general account 15 months past due.

'Now we have an office procedure manual in place, revenues are receipted daily and audited daily before being deposited,' Burden said.

'I am glad to say the general account is current through January of 2007.'

Burden said the Auditor's Office has been instrumental in helping the Treasurer's Office bring the reconciliation of accounts from 15 months past due to eight months past due among other things.

'We will be able to maintain it daily and monthly in the future,' Burden added.

'We appreciate very, very much what you have done,' said County Judge Chad Adams.

'We just haven't worried about it - it's been in pretty good hands. We also want to acknowledge Mike Navarro and his entire auditing staff for helping out over the years and now setting sail our Treasurer's Office.'

After approving a one-year Option to Renew with Correctional Food Services for inmate food service at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center, Commissioners took a moment to say farewell to Captain Dennis Brearley.

'I accepted a spot with the Dallas DA's office,' Brearley said. 'It's been fun, it's been interesting, it's been educational. Honestly - my wife no longer has to drive to Dallas by herself every day.'

'We appreciate everything you've done,' said Commissioner Ron Brown, pct. 4, expressing a sentiment echoed by the other members of the Court.

In the final budget-related action required in preparation for the beginning of the new fiscal
year on October 1, the Court voted to set the tax rate at 0.393607 per $100 of taxable valuation.

'The tax rate increase is due to the debt issue of the bond that was passed by the people, and
that is the only increase that is accounted for in this rate,' said Adams.

In other business, Commissioners:
* Accepted a new addendum regarding venue and mediation for the CodeRed contract
approved in the last meeting;
* Approved the renewal of the lease agreement with Edwin Spaniel for October 1, 2007
through September 30, 2008 for 322.9 acres of the property referred to as the Ellis
County Farm;
* Approved interlocal agreements with the City of Ennis, the City of Garrett, the Ennis
ISD, the City of Bardwell, the City of Alma, and the Avalon ISD;
* Held a public hearing regarding a proposal to tax goods-in-transit under House Bill
621 in which no member of the public stepped forward to speak;
* Approved an order stating that goods-in-transit shall remain subject to taxation by
Ellis County;
* Discussed the need for nomination of candidates for the Ellis Central Appraisal
District Board of Directors for a two-year term of 2008-2009, with no action taken;
* Approved payment of an invoice totaling $47 to Maverick Metal Trading for the
purchase of steel outside of the existing blanket agreement due to immediate need.

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