Howard County Commissioners Court met for a regular session on Monday afternoon. During the meeting, Commissioners approved a resolution for HAVA Grant Assurances. HAVA stands for Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 was passed by the United States Congress to make sweeping reforms to the nation's voting process. Judge Kathryn Wiseman advised that they would be requesting $120,000 to offset the cost of election machines. Wiseman stated that over $200,000 was spent on the machines, but the money that will be collected from the HAVA Grant cannot be considered when adopting the county budget.
Commissioners also approved a motion to disregard all bids received to erect the 400’ guy tower on South Mountain, and to solicit Harris to do a change order to erect the tower. Harris is the company from which the county purchased the tower.
They also approved a motion by Commissioner Jimmie Long, Pct. 3, to add the proposition of creating a County Assistance District for Howard County to the May 1, 2021 election ballot. If approved by eligible voters, the Howard County Assistance District would implement a two percent increase in sales tax on all goods sold outside of the unincorporated areas of the county. Over time, this would create revenue that could be used to help offset property taxes.