The Calhoun County judge was approved to sign all documents to purchase property following an executive session during the Wednesday, Sept. 18, meeting.

Commissioner Vern Lyssy made the motion, and Commissioner Gary Reese seconded it. The vote was unanimous. The action authorizes Calhoun County Judge Richard Meyer to act as agent for the purchase.

During its June 10 meeting, the court agreed to negotiate for the purchase of 200-plus acres of land with the idea of building a convention center.

Bordering the parcel of undeveloped land is U.S. Highway 87, State Highway 35 and FM 3084.

In other business, the court approved the adoption of the 2020 budget.

Meyer made the motion, which was seconded by Reese, to approve a tax rate of .5572, the effective rate as .4900, maintenance and operation was .5971, rollback rate of .4472 and debt service rate of .0342. The motion also noted that the county’s debt obligation is $4,290,000 and that this budget will raise more money from property taxes than last year’s $2,310,373, a 14.9 percent increase over last year and that taxes from new property added to the rolls were at $322,690.

A rollcall vote approved the adoption with each commissioner saying aye.

The court also adopted the 2019 tax rate of .5230

In other business, the court:

-- Approved a petition to vacate Lots 1,2 and 3 in Block 164 of the Port O’Connor Townsite following a public hearing on the matter

-- Approved two FEMA project completion and certification reports for the Calhoun County Courthouse and for the Seadrift Branch Library

-- Authorized Reese to utilize $28,690 in GOMESA funds for a partial CMP grant match, if awarded, for Bobby Bayou Nature Park, Phase 1

-- Accepted a donation of $50 to the Calhoun County EMS from Jamie R. Wehmeyer in memory of Chris Wehmeyer

-- Accepted reports from the Calhoun County Treasurer’s Office, Calhoun County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 and Calhoun County Auditor’s Office

-- Approved payment of county and Memorial Medical Center bills and payroll