The Howard County burn ban was extended for another 90 days during Monday's Howard County Commissioners Court. During the meeting, Commissioners also approved the Howard County budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, as well as a No New Revenue tax rate of approximately $0.299562 per $100 valuation.
The court also discussed the recent payroll tax memoramdum. Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump issued a Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster that would be effective September 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 that would give employees a federal tax break.
County Treasurer Sharon Adams explained to the court that these amounts would have to be repaid, probably sometime next year. During discussion on this item, it was noted by Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman that if an employee opted to take advantage of the tax break, then ended up quitting before the amount can be repaid it would be the responsibility of the County to repay that amount. Ultimately, the court voted to not approve this item.