The Washington County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office is getting back to full staffing.

Washington County Commissioners at their meeting
on Tuesday issued a proclamation honoring the
Prairie View A&M Extension Program aides for their
service in the Washington County community. The
proclamation gave special recognition to Billie
Blackshire, Johnie Roberson and Dorothy Wilburn
for their role as “trailblazers.” Pictured are (from
left) Reverend Johnnie Williams, Billie Blackshire,
Mary Sanders and Dorothy Wilburn.

During today’s (Tuesday) county commissioners meeting, the court approved an interlocal agreement (ILA) for the comprehensive exchange of services between Washington County and Austin County.  It also gave approval of employee benefits effective at the date of hire for the new chief deputy in the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

The agreement was to ensure payment to the employee from Austin County who has been working in Washington County’s office since the sudden departure of three other employees in August.  That employee, Hannah Marx, is now joining Washington County full-time, and her first official day is tomorrow (Wednesday).  Other new hires started in late August and early this month.

Commissioner Kirk Hanath thanked Austin County and its Tax Assessor-Collector, Kim Rinn, for offering help while Washington County was “in dire need.”  He said there was not enough time to get an ILA in order previously, given the abrupt nature of the situation, but now with the chief deputy coming on board, there will be “full staff in that office.” 

Also at today’s meeting, commissioners:

  • Adopted a commercial tax phase-in agreement between the county and MIC Group, LLC, a precision manufacturing and electromechanical assembly manufacturing company that is looking to expand operations and add new equipment.  The company plans to add 45 new employees and estimates a total capital investment of $6 million.  The Brenham City Council adopted an agreement with MIC Group on August 29th.
  • Tabled a Chapter 381 agreement between the county and Academy Sports + Outdoors for sales tax reimbursement.  Brenham | Washington County Economic Development Director Teresa Rosales said more time was needed to review the agreement, but it should come back before the court next week.  The Brenham City Council already approved the city’s portion of the agreement at its meeting on September 7th.
  • Renewed an annual interlocal agreement to provide law enforcement by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for the City of Burton.
  • Gave approval to the yearly Statewide Automated Victim Notification Services (SAVNS) maintenance grant contract between the county and the Office of the Attorney General.  They also approved the SAVNS participating entity services agreement. 
  • Renewed the annual bond for Washington County Elections Administrator Carol Jackson.
  • Discussed a formal notice for a water service installation by PGMS across the South Berlin Road right-of-way.
  • Discussed a formal notice for a temporary above-ground lay-flat water line utility installation for Magnolia Oil & Gas Operating, LLC for Upshaw Road, Haupstrause Road, Koether Road, Moye Road and Bascome Lane in Precinct 4. 
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