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  1. Petition to block Amarillo Civic Center project rejected by city

    The city of Amarillo announced this week that a petition submitted Aug. 29 to repeal Ordinance No. 7985, which authorized debt issuance of $260 million for the Amarillo Civic Center Project to renovate and expand the facility, was rejected for not...

  2. Melissa Council green lights new public safety complex

    The Melissa City Council approved the construction of a new public safety complex during its Sept. 13 meeting. When finished, the building will house the city’s police, fire and municipal court departments. It will serve as the central fire station,...

  3. 3 El Paso council members ask mayor to issue disaster declaration due to migrant influx

    Three of the El Paso city council members are asking El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser to issue a disaster declaration due to the migrant influx. The council members state that the influx of migrants is impacting the community and action is needed.

  4. Audit approved for Victoria appraisal district

    The Victoria Central Appraisal District approved a plan on Wednesday afternoon to have an audit conducted by the International Association of Assessing Officers. "Having it appraised is a long way from completion," said Jan Scott, one of the board...

  5. EDC budget gets OK from Freeport

    The EDC has awarded facade and signage grants, which allow for visual improvements to local businesses, parking and food grants, landscape improvement grants and grants for fire suppression, Marquez said.

  6. City official outlines growth, changes in Kaufman

    Work has started on a $1.5 million expansion at City Lakes Park, which is partially funded by a $750,000 grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife, Holder explained. Construction of Kings Fort Park also is underway, along with the renovation of Shannon...

  7. City lowers tax rate

    The Olney City Council followed the lead of the school district and county commissioners by lowering the ad valorem taxes that fund city operations by 8.29 percent for fiscal year 2022-23 to offset rising property values. The new city tax rate is...

  8. Richardson discussing registration program to help regulate short-term rentals

    ...neighborhood information. "As most of the council has stated, ... I think this is an excellent first step," Mayor Paul Voelker said. Short-term rentals are residential properties that are rented for no longer than...

  9. Hondo adopts lower tax rate, amends budget

    Council adopted the no-new-revenue property tax rate of $0.4370 per $100 valuation to fund the budget they approved last Monday, instead of the proposed voter approval rate of $0.4866. Council then amended the budget to fund the $213,830 deficit they...

  10. City’s transition to STRD begins

    ...City of Hondo’s change of garbage service providers will begin in the coming week. Last spring, Hondo City Council voted to award the trash removal contract to locally-based South Texas Refuse Disposal, Inc....

  11. New businesses, more visitors to the Fort Worth Stockyards means more traffic

    ...looking to do a mobility study in the Stockyards to help alleviate that problem. According to the city manager, the Stockyards is experiencing substantial growth over the past few years with an increase...

  12. Denison nominated as a semi-finalist for America's Main Street Award

    ...business is Main Street recognizing the work we are doing, that is incredibly excited," said Denison Mayor, Janet Gott. Denison's Main Street is attempting to combine five star restaurants to classic candy...

  13. Elsa approves 8-liner ordinances

    But soon, Elsa will become known for a new type of machine after officials approved a series of ordinances Tuesday evening that pave the way for legal gambling in the Delta city. Ybarra was referring to the revenue potential of allowing electronic...

  14. Almost half of the city’s budget is dedicated to public safety.

    For the sixth consecutive year, Frisco’s property tax rate will stay the same at $0.4466 per $100 property evaluation, the city announced Wednesday. The Frisco City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the fiscal year 2023 operating budget, which...

  15. New Braunfels Utilities set to extend its customer relief efforts through end of October

    ...resources will be posted online at nbutexas.com/utility-bill-assistance. This week, New Braunfels City Council members approved a plan with the McKenna Foundation to provide up to $500,000 from the city’s...

  16. San Benito passes $15.8 million budget

    Earlier this week, city commissioners cut 2 cents off the property tax rate that has stood at 72 cents per $100 valuation for 10 years. The cut slashes the city’s revenue stream by about $160,000. Meanwhile, the city’s fund balance stands at about...

  17. City Council adopts tax rate to include more public safety funding

    San Marcos City Councilmembers have approved the $0.6030 tax rate to allow room within the budget for four San Marcos Fire Department personnel and two San Marcos Police Department officers. The tax rate represents a 10.5% increase from the...

  18. City of Nacogdoches to reassess projects after voter petition blocks certificate of obligations

    The city had $41 million laid out for projects, but with $21 million of those funds coming from the COs, they now have to cut those plans in half according to Nacogdoches City Manager Mario Canizares. “Since that’s not going to come to pass we have...

  19. McAllen claims title of South Texas Airport of the Dallas Cowboys

    “This partnership is going to be amazing for Dallas Cowboys fans, especially with more nonstop flights to Dallas from McAllen International Airport,” Villalobos said in the release. “Nonstop flights from McAllen International Airport to Dallas gives...

  20. Presidio City Council approves appraisal district budget, celebrates good news

    At Monday night’s meeting, Presidio City Council signed off on this year’s proposed County Appraisal District budget and then received good news about the city’s police department and yearly audit. He said that the city’s auditing team had just come...

  21. Cedar Park, Leander residents under strict water restrictions as repairs begin on pipeline

    Thousands of water customers in Cedar Park and Leander are under strict water restrictions as crews begin repairs on a leak in the underwater Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority Pipeline. The facility also supplies Cedar Park with 20% of...

  22. Moratorium Extended 12 months

    The City of Granbury is in the process of upgrading their wastewater system through a two-phase Wastewater System Improvements Project. The Project is comprised of upgrades to the existing wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), construction of a new...

  23. City renews natural gas contract, slashes 2022-23 budget

    Marfa - On Tuesday night, Council first went over contract renewal rates for natural gas provider West Texas Gas (WTG). Per Mayor Manny Baeza’s recommendation, Council voted to move forward with a three-year contract that locks in the price at $7.91...

  24. San Antonio utilities prepare for the next big winter storm

    The heads of CPS Energy and the San Antonio Water System said on Wednesday they have taken measures to keep the lights on and the water flowing during the next big winter storm, like the deadly one that struck the city in February 2021.

  25. Lakeside City discusses water meter capacity

    The Lakeside City Council discussed the city’s dwindling water meter capacity during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20. City Administrator John Strenski said based on TCEQ regulations and calculations he believes the city only has five more...

  26. Granite Shoals Airport Advisory Committee shares future plans

    Among the stated short-term goals of the Airport Advisory Committee are: installation of a helipad for medical helicopter evacuations; drafting an ordinance to make the airport day-use only; restricting touch-and-go landings to reduce noise;...

  27. Kyle Council circles back to personnel improvement plan

    During Flores-Cale’s presentation, she said, “Personnel development by the employee means formal training sessions (individually or with the city), employee coaching and mentoring (even during probationary periods), conference participation and...

  28. Lumberton district discusses school safety, security at town hall

    At a town hall meeting Monday night held to update parents and community members on these improvements, Lumberton ISD officials, joined by Lumberton Police Department officers including Chief Danny Sullins and Lumberton Mayor Don Surratt, spoke about...

  29. Buda City Council approves new library strategic plan

    An updated long-range plan is required for continued state accreditation, and the Texas Administrative Code requires that it be approved by a governing body and must include elements relating to technology and collection development.

  30. Missouri City City Council adopts lower tax rate, $199.3M budget for FY 2022-23

    Missouri City residents will pay $0.57375 per $100 valuation in property taxes to the city. That tax rate is made up of a maintenance and operations rate of $0.431981 and a debt service rate of $0.141769.

  31. Toyota rolls out new hybrid SUV, adding to $3 billion investment in San Antonio economy

    San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg praised the workers at the plant, originally opened in 2003 to produce Tundra and Tacoma pickups. He said since then, Toyota has pumped $3 billion into the local economy, created 3,200 jobs at the plant and another...

  32. Southlake Fire Department: How Pre-planning Takes Emergency Preparedness to New Levels

    During the September 20 City Council meeting, the Southlake Fire Department, along with City Response Personnel and Mutual Aid Response, were recognized for their recent actions and pre-planning efforts...

  33. Marble Falls trash rate rises 10%

    The trash pickup rate in Marble Falls will increase by 10 percent to $23.27 a month starting Oct. 1 after a new contract with Waste Management was approved during a regular meeting of the Marble Falls City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

  34. Colleyville adopts no-new-revenue tax rate for fifth consecutive year

    Council unanimously approved a $25.3 million budget and a tax rate of $0.2656 per $100 valuation for fiscal year 2022-23 during its Sept. 20 meeting. “Colleyville is blessed,” Mayor Bobby Lindamood said in the meeting.

  35. Pioneer, former councilmember T.J. Patterson dies at age 85

    A Lubbock pioneer and prominent civic servant for decades has died. Thomas James (T.J.) Patterson died September 21, 2022, at age 85. He was Lubbock’s first Black council member, an activist, advocate, and leader. Mr. Patterson was elected to the...

  36. Midlothian City Council Sets 2022/2023 Tax Rate After Several Failed Attempts

    Mayor Pro Tem Justin Coffman made the fourth motion for the day calling for a rate of $0.650000, which according to the agenda was a split of $0.340590 for Maintenance and Operations and $0.309410 for Interest and Sinking Funds.

  37. Somerville OKs budget, tax rate

    The Somerville City Council has approved a 67.695-cent tax rate for the 2022-23 fiscal year and a $1,279,391 general fund budget. The council approved the tax rate and the budget at their Tuesday, Sept. 13, meeting. A public hearing on the tax rate...

  38. City proposes lower property tax rate, but homeowners may still pay more

    The Denton City Council’s public hearings on Tuesday evening included one for the proposed 2022-23 budget, which will lower the property tax rate but increase the total tax bill for homeowners whose property...

  39. City awards more than $80,000 in HOT tax funds

    It was Christmas in September for this year’s HOT tax applicants as almost everyone got what they asked for. /with requests ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 Vidor City Council awarded $81,000 of the $90,000 requested by 10 groups to promote tourism and...

  40. Council accepts federal funds over objections

    Fredericksburg - These funds, totaling $2,848,547 for Fredericksburg, were previously granted to the city and other municipalities in 2021, and the money has been put toward projects such as broadband expansion and water storage tank generators.

  41. Council passes $76M budget

    Fredericksburg - Along with a budget with $65,893,446 in total revenues and $76,674,854 in expenditures, the council approved a tax rate of 19.5823 cents per $100 property valuation. This is the same rate as was approved for fiscal year 2022, but it...

  42. Highland Park Village Updating Shared Parking Model

    The current parking model was implemented in 2014 and was incorporated into the planned development. It was funded in part by the Village and town. This information is used by Town Council as members consider requests from the Village to expand...

  43. Pharr’s 16 de Septiembre community fiesta a success

    ...of independence.'We had a great event and enjoyed the large turnout by our community,' said Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D. 'Everyone had a great time and we are proud of our staff, volunteers, and...

  44. Iola adopts tax-rate

    ...and budget for 2022-2023. Council members adopted a tax-rate of 14-cents (0.142497) per $100. Iola Mayor Christina Stover said 3-cents of the taxrate is for an Interest and Sinking fund for the Waste Water...

  45. Mayor’s Coffee to provide city, school updates

    For the first time since 2019 the city of Waxahachie will host the Mayor’s Coffee, an event in which various leaders discuss updates to various happenings in the city. The Mayor’s Coffee, hosted by Mayor David Hill, is set for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 29 at...

  46. Site cleared for Midlothian’s new City Hall, library

    ...“The city was very fortunate to own much of the property where the new facility will stand,” notes Mayor Richard Reno. “Of course, we were all sorry to see the old brick building at 211 W. Avenue F razed,”...

  47. City of Victoria leaders plan to build a new public service building

    Victoria city manager Jesus Garza says the city is planning a new public safety building. The will include the city’s police and fire departments, as well as municipal court under one roof. The current buildings housing these organizations are more...

  48. Copperas Cove names interim fire chief

    This comes following the recent resignation of Fire Chief Michael Neujahr, effective September 23. Copperas Cove City Manager Ryan Haverlah announced Tuesday that he has appointed Deputy Fire Chief & Emergency Management Coordinator Gary Young to...

  49. Dates for EL budget hearing and tax approval have changed

    EAGLE LAKE- New City Manager Charles Jackson had to “hit the ground running” last week, as he is starting his new position during the middle of budget season.T he ci t y was originally scheduled to hold a public hearing on the next fiscal year budget...

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