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Commissioners double subsidies to county EMS

The Parmer County Commissioners Court met in regular session on Monday, May 8 in Farwell at the County Courthouse.

The first order of business was to double the subsidies to the county Emergency Medical Services. Currently each month Friona EMS receives $800, Bovina EMS $400, Farwell EMS $400 and Lazbuddie $400. As of January 2018, these amounts will double pending a budget meeting and any unforeseen circumstances.

Parmer County received a favorable report on the 2016 audit conducted by Michele Kirkland. The county has increased their operating surplus from five months to seven months. The county has shown a turnaround in the incoming funds being more than the outgoing funds. This is the first time the county has had a balanced budget in 6 years.

The commissioners heard reports from Larry Johnston and Altha Herington and approved to have the Texas Association of Counties to use the Affordable Care Act Reporting and Tracking Services (ARTS) to run the numbers on the effect of Obamacare.

The commissioners did not approve a Memorial Day fireworks period. It was determined that this period fell during peak wheat harvest and would pose a fire danger.

Sheriff Randy Geries reported that the daily attendance in the jail is running between 27-30 inmates with no outside prisoners being housed in the jail facility.

The commissioners will meet again on May 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the County Courtroom at the courthouse in Farwell. All meeting are open to the public.