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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – The Childress County Commissioners met on Dec. 14.
Childress County Judge Jay Mayden said they approved the bills for the month as well as next year’s county holidays.
“We did some house cleaning as far as getting some minutes to open an account at the bank for HAVA funding,” Mayden said. “The HAVA grant is something the federal government gave to all counties to help ensure a safe election during the pandemic.”
Mayden said they received the money months ago. The commissioners also signed an interlocal agreement for a regional public defender for capital offenses. Childress has had the program for about 15 years.
“It helps offset the cost if we ever have a capital offense case,” Mayden said. “This is a program the state helps us with, and we renew it every year.”
The commissioners also did a tax abatement for a small solar farm Blue Stone Renewable LLC, which is 54 megawatts, that will take a couple years to complete.
“The tax abatement is the same agreement we have with the other solar farm,” Mayden explained. “We get a payment annually, and in return, we give 100 percent tax abatement to the company for 10 years. However, we will not see anything for at least two years, so really it’s just a formality.”