Brown County Commissioners meet for a seven-item agenda at 9 a.m. today, with the first item listed as a public hearing on Brown County’s option to exempt from property tax or imposition of taxation on certain “goods-in-transit.”

House Bill 621, passed in the last session of the Texas Legislature, implemented a 2001 constitutional amendment that exempted goods in transit within the state from property taxes. Somewhat unusually, the exemption is granted unless the taxing jurisdiction chooses to opt out.

Counties, school districts and other taxing entities may continue to tax inventory eligible for the new freeport exemption, but an affirmative action by the commissioners court prior to Jan. 1, 2008, is required to do so.

The second agenda item has to do with the “consideration and action on the guidelines and criteria for granting tax abatement.”

At the Dec. 10 meeting, commissioners designated the entire county outside incorporated cities as a reinvestment zone, a step that will allow companies to apply for tax abatements.

The designation was requested by Renewable Energy Systems representative Wes Jackson, who told commissioners the company has been acquiring leases for wind turbine generators in Comanche, Mills and Brown counties. The majority of the 150 turbines will be in Comanche County, but between 10 and 25 will be in Brown County, Jackson said.

Items 4 and 5 on today’s agenda involve the sheriff’s office and include a request for employee changes and a change in the jail medical budget and a salary adjustment.

Also at today’s meeting, Precinct 4 Commissioner Larry Traweek will seek approval of a road for county maintenance in Buckhorn Estates and County Auditor Nina Cox will ask for approval to purchase a stenographic machine for the district court reporter, using court reporter funds.

The regular session meeting will be held in the commissioners courtroom on the main floor of the Brown County Courthouse.