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Commissioners ready to honor Sept. 16 as 2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Exhibition Walk Day

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

The Hays County Commissioners Court is set to proclaim Sept. 16 as the 2nd annual Hispanic Heritage Exhibition Walk Day.

Also on the agenda for its regular meeting today, the court will consider approving support for several San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District school events.

The court will consider accepting delivery of the internal audit report for the Constable Precinct-1 office. In addition, the court will hear debate on possibly hiring Miliman, Inc., to evaluate retiree pharmacy plans.

The Sept. 16 walk, sponsored by LULAC 654 and Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, is a kickoff event for Hispanic Heritage Month in San Marcos.

All communities in Hays County, though, are invited to join in the celebration of the community's diverse cultures.

The court, based on its published agenda, will then consider authorization to empower the Commissioner Precinct-1 office to use $250 per school from the operating budget in support of back to school events at Bowie Elementary, De Zavala Elementary and Owen Goodnight Middle School in the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District. The events—planned for Sept. 28 at Bowie, with several events set for De Zavala during September and on Sept.27 at Goodnight Middle School—are designed to engage students with learning opportunities, encourage students’ interests and promote stronger relationships between students, families and campus staff.

The court is agendized to accept delivery of the Internal Examination Report for the Constable Precinct- 1 Office. The report by the County Auditor Marisol Villareal-Alonzo cited several findings and recommendations.

The report noted insufficient segregation of duties and recommended that the office review their current roles and identify areas that could be adjusted.

The report also stated the citation book log was not properly maintained and some citations were unaccounted for.

The recommendation is to maintain all citations that are written in error or with inaccurate information and those should be voided, documented and maintained, and procedures should be implemented for handling voided citations. The report found the Office of Attorney General billing report review process was inadequate. The report recommends papers that are created within one month should be billed in the related month’s billing, and a civil paper activity monthly report from the Odyssey Courts System should be printed. The report found that monthly revenue reports and monthly off-duty employment reports were provided to the Attorney General’s Office in an untimely manner. The report found that the monthly off-duty employment reports review process was inadequate. The report recommends reconciling items should be identified and corrected in a timely manner. The report found that seven off-duty vehicle usage rental receipts and one cash receipt were deposited to the Treasurer’s office in an untimely manner, which the report says should be before the next regular business day.

The court will discuss and possibly authorize the execution of an agreement between Hays County and Milliman, Inc., for services related to retiree drug subsidy.

The agreement will allow Milliman, Inc., to determine whether Hays County’s retiree pharmacy plans are equivalent to the standard Medicare Part D plan as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The service will cost $2,800.

The court is set to discuss and possibly accept the resignation of Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe from the Board of Directors for the Greater San Marcos Partnership and approve the appointment of Judge Ruben Becerra to the Board of Directors of the GSMP. Hays County has two positions on the GSMP board, and the positions are to be held by members of the commissioners court.

The Office of General Counsel previously handled commissioners court authorizations, and the court is set to transfer those duties to the civil division of the Hays County Criminal District Attorney's Office.

The court is set to discuss and possibly approve the Joint Election Agreements for the Nov. 7 Constitutional Amendment Election.

The following entities have signed joint election agreements: City of San Marcos, City of Kyle, City of Buda, City of Mountain Creek, City of Woodcreek, Wimberley Independent School District, Austin Community College, Dripping Springs Library and Wayside Municipal Utility District.

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