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Dallam County Commissioners approve budget and tax rates; honor 4-H students

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Dallam County Commissioners approve budget and tax rates; honor 4-H students

By Shawn Yorks
The Dalhart Texan

The Dallam County Commissioner’s Court on Monday, Sept. 12, approved the 2022-2023 budget and property tax rate, and also honored Dallam County 4-H with a proclamation for National 4-H week.

The property tax rate is 4.48 percent lower this year at 31.9990 cents per $100 of property value. The tax rate is lower, but the average taxable value of a homestead in Dallam County is 9.93 percent higher than last year.

The commissioners approved the tax rate, as well as the budget, which will increase revenue from property taxes as compared to last year’s budget by $187,130.30 or 3.8 percent. Of that increase, $41,952.13 will come from new property being added to the tax roll. The commissioners adopted the Records and Preservation budget, as well as the sheriff’s and constable fees for the next fiscal year. The fees will remain unchanged.The combined Dallam and Hartley County Commissioners Courts approved the Frank Phillips College tax rate of $0.036375 - the same as last year.•The county commission read a proclamation in recognition of National 4-H Week Oct. 2-8, and of the six Dallam County 4-H’ers in attendance at the meeting gave a brief presentation on their accomplishments and what 4-H has meant to them.Kirsten Bezner is the Parliamentarian on the Dallam County 4-H council and also serves as Parliamentarian on the State 4-H Council, and explained the process to earn that honor.“I went through a process where I did an application and then from that, they chose however many applicants and then we went to an interview and they chose the top 12,” Bezner said. “And then 4-H roundup we then gave a speech, and any high school-aged 4-H’er could vote for the top six and then those top six could serve on the state council as at-large delegates.”The president and vice-president of each 4-H District can serve on the state council, which makes for 30 council members and six officers. Bezner is the public relations officer. Jolie Bowers explained some of the 4-H council’s seasonal community service projects, such as fall wreaths for nursing home residents and placing pumpkins at the senior center and at Legacy.

“The past two years we have created valentines also sent to those residents at the senior center and at the nursing home,” Bowers said. “Additionally we do Operation Christmas Child as a big project of county council’s community service.”

Erin McDaniel is a senior in high school and is in her 10th year in 4-H. She has participated in quiz bowl, livestock judging, education presentations and Vet Skillathon. Vet Skillathon is her favorite and most beneficial for her because she wants to be a veterinarian, and she placed 10th at the state roundup.

“Even though it was my first year, I still consider that a great accomplishment just to be able to go and get that learning experience,” McDaniel said. “Throughout 4-H, the benefits that I have gotten have given me the opportunity to learn and get hands-on experience for my vet science projects.”

Riley Dewey is in her fifth year of 4-H and her main projects are photography and archery. She has competed in archery across the Panhandle and has become a junior archery coach.

“Being a junior archery coach, I can help mentor other kids, help them learn different aspects in the archery program,” Dewey said. “4-H has really helped me with my leadership skills and my public speaking skills. I really have enjoyed being able to step up as a leader and help other youth who are in different projects.”

Brandis Beavers discussed her projects, including Food Challenge and Bedazzled.

“My team for both of those has been together since 3d grade,” Beavers said. “So we’ve really learned to work together and compromise and be able to get our project and our presentation done within a set time.”

Kirsten Foust told the commissioners about her rabbit project.

“Every year I get a group of rabbits, typically around 6-8, and I go and I show them at our livestock show that we hold, and at Tri-State during the fall,” Foust said. “What this has taught me to do is taught me leadership, giving me more skill set for the future, and responsibility.”

County judge Wes Ritchey said he has interviewed the majority of the students and admired their dedication.

“I want you to know how proud we are of you all going out and representing Dallam County,” Ritchey said.

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