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Howard County property owners apparently won't be in for as big an increase in their tax bills as originally feared.
During a budget work session Monday, county commissioners decided to back away from a 6-cent increase for the upcoming fiscal year.
Instead, consensus was reached of going with the â€śeffectiveâ€ť tax rate of 36 cents per $100 valuation, which would raise the same amount of revenue as last year. That figure would still represent a 3-cent increase over the current rate, officials said.
Budget matters are expected to highlight Tuesday's Big Spring City Council meeting, slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers, located at 307 E. Fourth St.
Assistant Finance Director Don Moore will make a presentation of the proposed and effective tax rates during the meeting and council members are expected to approve Sept. 10 as the date for the first public hearing on the the proposed tax rate and budget.
It's the last week to purchase a duck entry for the Second Quacker Challenge, which takes place at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Russ McEwen Family Aquatic Center.
Cost is $5 for each duck entry, or $45 for 10 ducks. Participants can purchase an entry at KBST, Western Bank, United Way, First Christian Church, Great Scott! T-shirts and the Howard County Library. Also, duck entries will be sold beginning at 3 p.m. at the aquatic center for those who want to watch the race.
HERALD photo/Steve Reagan
Crossing guard Delfina Rocha shepherds students across the street in front of Goliad Elementary this morning. Today was the first day of school in Big Spring, Coahoma and Forsan.
Howard College trustees are expected to formally adopt a budget and tax rate for the coming fiscal year when they meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the student union building's Tumbleweed Room.
College employees would see their annual income increase by at least $1,200 under the new budget.
Faculty can expect annual salary increases of between $1,389 and $1,857, depending on their contracts, while other employees will see significant pay raises, also, College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said.
Howard County commissioners will continue hammering out a budget for the new fiscal year when they meet at 10 a.m. Monday on the third floor of the county courthouse.
More than a month remains before the county's new budget must be finalized, but commissioners have already given tentative approval to several features, including a pay raise for all county employees.
Love Our Lake volunteers from H-E-B participated in the clean up at Comanche Trail Park Saturday to prepare for the upcoming triathlon. Other sponsors included Taco Villa and Sonic. The event was a cooperative effort of Master Gardeners and Keep Big Spring Beautiful.
HERALD Photo/Andreia Medlin
Three Big Spring residents are in custody and charged with aggravated robbery after a alert police officer spied the vehicle in which they were traveling and executed a traffic stop.
Arrested were 21-year-old Eufemio Ortiz, a black male; 25-year-old Sunday Luna, a white male; and 28-year-old Ashley Luna, a white female. All three were booked into the county detention center.
Eleven people, including a Big Spring man charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, were indicted during Thursday's session of the Howard County Grand Jury.
Luis Alejandro Ramos, 24, currently in custody at the county jail, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the aggravated assault indictments. Those charges stem from two separate incidents which occurred earlier this year in Big Spring.
The state of Texas will get a black eye from some and heaps of praise from others regarding new laws that come into effect in a few days.
Switchblade knives? Theyâ€™ll be legal in Texas beginning Sept. 1.
Concealed Handgun Licenses? It will only take four hours of training â€” plus range time â€” to get a license now, not 10 as in the past.
Those are just two of many laws which go into effect the first day in September.
Hereâ€™s a look at just a few of them: