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  1. Laredo City Council narrowly approves tax rate after tense discussion

    After unanimously approving the city’s budget as it was presented, participating in three days of budget workshops and then approving the tax rate last week, City Council on Monday — with 30 minutes left in their meeting — suddenly did not have...

  2. Amarillo to see new bus shelters

    Amarillo will see some new bus shelters soon. The city council approved a contract award to Sames Inc. for the construction and installation of transit bus shelters and amenities. That contract is for more than $577,000. The shelters will be at 13...

  3. City retains garbage contractor, sets budget vote

    The proposed property tax rate of 49.5014 cents per $100 valuation is a fraction-of-a-cent lower than the current rate of 49.83 cents per $100 valuation but is identified as the rate that would bring in no new revenue to the city even though property...

  4. Freeport plans to efficiently recycle signs

    Mayor Brooks Bass has seen the signs. Residents aren’t seeing them any longer. Freeport’s faded stop signs will be resurfaced, which will ultimately save the city money, Public Works Director Lance Petty said.

  5. Parklet program to possibly extend

    Taylor’s parklet program is set to extend this week. On Thursday, Sept. 24, the Taylor City Council is scheduled to introduce an ordinance extending the city’s temporary parklets program. The planned...

  6. Officials agree to voluntary drug tests

    Laredo - The final motion passed was to create an ordinance that would allow for voluntary testing to be done at random and if someone were to test positive, they would have 24 hours to get retested. What will be posted on the city website, aside...

  7. City eases order on face masks, still requires businesses to maintain health plans, signs

    It took more than two hours of debate, but Denton City Council members Tuesday extended the disaster declaration that mandates how some businesses mitigate the spread of COVID-19. It was not a unanimous...

  8. El Paso's deputy city manager worries about complacency over COVID-19 testing

    ...reported through Texas and across the country. “I don’t want people to become complacent,” said Deputy City Manager Tracey Jerome. “COVID-19 doesn’t take a holiday, COVID-19 is looking for some place to go home....

  9. Place to smash things for fun could come to Sherman this fall

    We’ve all been there, where you just feel like you want to break something to release some steam. Tuesday night, Sherman’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved a place where you can do exactly that. “You get that little smile, you’ve done...

  10. Slow-moving Beta swells creeks, floods streets in Galveston County

    “It feels a bit like luck of the draw,” Friendswood Mayor Mike Foreman said. “If one of the bands tracks on top of you, then you get a bunch of rain. But 5 miles on either side, it’s high and dry.” Beta had dropped more than 12 inches of rain on...

  11. High tides from Beta floods streets, neighborhoods across Galveston County

    In Galveston, high water rose downtown, around Offatts Bayou, on the West End and in Jamaica Beach, among other areas. Low-lying areas of mainland cities, such as Dickinson and in League City near Clear Creek, pooled with tidal flooding.

  12. Council passes resolution supporting Midland opening for business

    A resolution passed by the city council Tuesday stated, “The City Council believes that businesses are socially responsible and are capable and willing to maintain effective health protocols to ensure that Midland continues to be successful during...

  13. Mission approves tax increase, adopts $115 million budget

    For the second consecutive year, the Mission City Council voted to raise property taxes, approving a less than 1 cent increase for the 2020-21 fiscal year. The council approved a property tax rate of 0.5299 per $100 of property value, an increase of...

  14. Cole Park Pier set to be finished Summer 2021

    ...they can get it rebuilt, it will add to what we have to offer here in Corpus Christi," he said. Asst. City Manager Keith Selman said there were a lot requests in common for what the new pier should include....

  15. Flood Warning Extended For Harris County As Beta Shifts Toward Northeast Houston

    In a Tuesday evening weather update, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said that while Tropical Depression Beta continues to move slowly out of our region, it will likely keep dropping rain on the Houston...

  16. Killeen City Council votes on $725,054 in funding for Killeen EDC

    In a 4-3 split decision Tuesday night, the Killeen City Council approved more than $725,000 in funding for the Killeen Economic Development Corporation for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. With a 3-3...

  17. Beta brings flooding to low lying parts of Edna

    ...midnight Monday and 2 a.m. Tuesday to block rising waters from reaching their homes, said Gary Broz, Edna city manager. Two residents reported they had water in their homes, he said. Crews were out cleaning...

  18. Dallas Police Department expands surveillance camera program in crime hot spots

    ...been a dangerous place to be, but this doesn’t have to be a dangerous place to be anymore,” Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough said, as he stood in front of the Chevron on Forest Lane. Business owners like...

  19. Tax rate drops for 18th time in The Colony

    he Colony City Council on Tuesday approved its tax rate and budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year. The tax rate will drop from $0.66 per $100 valuation to $0.655. This is the 18th time in 19 years the city...

  20. Bellaire City Council approves $60 million budget, flat tax rate for 2020-21

    The approved tax rate of $0.4473 per $100 of assessed value means that residents can expect to pay an average property tax bill of $3,040, calculated using the average taxable value of a single family home in the city, estimated at $679,789,...

  21. Corsicana City Council approves tax rate, budget

    The Corsicana City Council has adopted the Ad Valorem tax rate of $0.6120 per $100 valuation, which is lower than the current rate of $0.6272, raising less in total tax revenue than last year’s budget....

  22. For the first time in four years, Fort Worth did not cut your property tax rate

    ...first time in four years the city of Fort Worth did not reduce the tax rate property owners pay as the City Council approved a $1.9 billion budget for 2021 . Mayor Betsy Price and the City Council have prioritized...

  23. Southlake poster design contest will add a dash of color to city’s birthday celebration

    Southlake is celebrating its birthday this month, and doing so with a big dose of color. New light pole banners showcasing the city’s history will be mounted in Southlake Town Square’s Family Park, kicking off the birthday week festivities.

  24. City votes to terminate COVID declaration, State’s order still in place

    The Columbus City Council voted to terminate the COVID disaster declaration at their Sept. 14 meeting. The city’s declaration, implemented by Mayor Lori An Gobert June 19, was no longer needed when Governor Greg Abbott’s latest Governor Order was...

  25. Oak Ridge North begins water system assessment

    ...in order to meet federal guidelines as well as approving the 2020 property tax rate. Heather Neeley, city manager for Oak Ridge North, said the analysis of the city’s water system — which has roughly 3,200...

  26. Corpus Christi City Council to take a look at private sector desalination plant proposals

    City Council members Rudy Garza, Gil Hernandez, Ben Molina and Paulette Guarjardo want to know more about the private companies' proposals. They submitted a request to add the private-sector 2018 presentations to the Sept. 29 agenda.

  27. Jersey Village considers tax zone as new tool to address flooding

    The new potential TIRZ would help the city specifically with "teardown-rebuild" efforts, a type of flood mitigation strategy that involves tearing down homes at the individual level and building new homes in their place that are better suited to...

  28. New outdoor sports complex coming to Hereford

    ...use it for many other purposes. It’s just a great step in the right direction for Hereford," said Mayor of Hereford, Tom Simons. The project is estimated to cost just over $1 million and will be located...

  29. Corpus Christi to plant 200 trees in several parks

    At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Joe McComb and City Council Members approved, on first reading, a contract to plant 230 trees at six park locations ... The trees in this project will provide much-needed shade for residents enjoying our...

  30. Hutto awarded $1.4M grant for Hwy. 79, FM 1660 improvements

    Hutto will receive a $1.4 million grant for improvements to the intersection of Hwy. 79 and FM 1660 ... Grant funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and awarded to the Texas Department of Transportation for the city project.

  31. Robert Patrick, one of the assistant city managers serving under Sharp, will now occupy the position until the city council can select someone permanent for the posi

    MIDLAND, Texas — Following the departure of Midland city manager Courtney Sharp, the city council has selected an interim city manager. Robert Patrick, one of the assistant city managers serving under...

  32. Amarillo City Council Approves Property Tax Hike and $20 Million Spending Increase

    ...from last year. The city’s total taxable appraised property value increased 3.54 percent from 2019. Mayor Ginger Nelson said back in August that the debt associated with past purchases such as two 2016 bond...

  33. Laredo has a new health director, communication administrator

    Laredo City Manager Robert Eads on Monday announced the appointment of two department directors: Richard Chamberlain as health director and Noraida Negron as communication administrator.

  34. Brownwood OKS agreements for communications, dispatch

    Council members approved an agreement with the Lower Colorado River Authority for the purchase and installation of a 700 megahertz radio system and related equipment, contingent on all of the entities approving a separate agreement on the operation...

  35. City tax rate set

    After public hearings with no comments from the community, the Council voted to approve both the budget and proposed property tax rate of $0.36951 per $100 valuation, which is the same rate as last year.

  36. Honey Grove Council approves 2020 tax rate, fiscal year budget

    ... “We have a lower tax rate but taxes will be higher because of the increase in property values,” Mayor Claude Caffee explained before calling for motions to approve the tax increase and the 79.36 cent...

  37. Kyle Pumps New Money Into New Hays County Assistance Fund

    On Tuesday, the Kyle City Council joined a county-wide collaboration by partnering with Hays County in establishing the Emergency Cash Assistance Program. For Kyle’s portion, $100,000 has been earmarked...

  38. Buda fishing for broadband options

    ...will come to some sort of agreement during the upcoming meeting on Oct. 7. “What I hear mostly from city council and residents is they want more options,” said Micah Grau, deputy city manager. “We don’t have...

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