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August 8th, 2012
Big Spring Independent School District trustees will get an update on ongoing construction projects around the district when they hold their monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.
The construction, funded by a $60 million bond approved by voters in May 2010, will result in four new elementary schools and significant renovations at the high school and junior high.
To use a racing analogy, the projects aren't exactly at the finish line yet, but they've definitely reached the home stretch.
Big Spring city officials are adopting a â€śjust say noâ€ť approach to tax increases this coming year.
The city council gave its tentative approval to a new budget that is both balanced and features a slight dip in the tax rate during its annual workshop Monday night.
Among other things, the new budget features a pay raise for employees (the first in two years), $500,000 for water line replacement, set-aside money to purchase property for landfill use and almost $4 million designated for water purchases.
Howard County commissioners approved a slight increase in the tax levy during their budget workshop Monday morning.
Commissioner gave a tentative OK to a new tax rate of 33 cents per $100 valuation, a sharp decrease from 43.7 cents the previous year. Because of of higher property valuations, however, the new rate will bring in more tax money.
The higher levy will not automatically translate into increased tax bills, County Judge Mark Barr quickly noted.
â€śSome people will see a tax decrease,â€ť he said. â€śMineral values account for more than half of the tax (levy) increase.â€ť
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ NICOLE ASHLEE WADE, 26, of Odessa, was arrested Monday on a charge of graffiti-pecuniary loss less than $500.
â€˘ RACHEL RAMIREZ RODRIGUEZ, 33, of 1002 N. Main St. 1, was arrested Monday on a warrant for no drivers license when unlicensed, bail jumping/failure to appear/fine only (two counts), failed to maintain financial responsibility.
â€˘ THEFT was reported:
In the 600 block of N.E. Second Street.
In the 1700 block of S. Monticello.
In the 800 block of W. Sixth.
Having struggled through last summer to meet water allotments set by the Colorado City Municipal Water District, made necessary by the ongoing drought, this season has served as a marked contrast for the city of Big Spring, as the municipality continues to stay well below the district's restrictions.
According to Assistant City Manager Todd Darden, the most water the city â€” including municipal raw water consumer Alon USA â€” has used this summer is 5.7 million gallons in a day, well below the 6.3 million gallons per day allocated by CRMWD.
Big Spring Independent School District officials will show off their new elementary campuses Tuesday.
BSISD will conduct ribbon cutting ceremonies at the four new campuses, beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The ceremonies will begin at Moss Elementary, 3200 Fordham, and proceed in order to Washington Elementary, 1201 S. Birdwell, Goliad Elementary, 2000 S. Goliad, and Marcy Elementary, 2101 Wasson.
Following the ribbon cutting at Marcy, school officials will conduct public tours of the campus.
For more information, contact the school district at 264-3600.
The Howard County Sheriff's Office reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. today (72 prisoners were reported in the county jail):
â€˘ CODY DEAN JAMES, 23, was jailed on charges of public intoxication and urinating in a public place.
â€˘ ROSALINDA SAENZ, 29, was jailed on a charge of contempt of court/disobedience of a court order.
â€˘ JOHN GERARD ESCOVEDO, 33, was jailed on a charge of contempt of court/disobedience of a court order.
City administration and members of the Big Spring City Council will roll up their sleeves and delve into fiscal planning for the coming year during a special work session Monday evening, as the municipality looks to begin the process of nailing down its 2012-2013 budget.
Preparing the budget will mean much more than just crunching numbers, however, as the city will be facing a number of serious challenges in the coming years, a fact City Manager Gary Fuqua pointed out May 29, when the council and administration met during a preliminary budget work session.
Despite a year of disruptions, distractions and noise, Big Spring High School officials are keeping their eyes on the finish line.
With construction wrapping up on four new elementary campuses, the last remaining part of Big Spring Independent School Districtâ€™s $60 million bond project is renovation at the high school. As part of the bond package, the school will receive a new roof, updated science labs and a remodeled fine arts wing.
Howard County commissioners are set to hold a special meeting Monday morning to discuss â€” and possibly take action on â€” the proposed 2012-2013 tax rate, the foundation for the courtâ€™s fiscal plan for the coming year.
According to County Auditor Jackie Olson, the effective tax rate â€” the rate which would bring in the same levy as last year â€” is 30.9221 cents per $100 valuation. The rollback rate, which is comprised of the effective rate plus an 8 percent increase in the levy, has been calculated at 33.1460 cents per $100 valuation.