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August 11th, 2014

Taxes top city agenda

August 11, 2014

Big Spring’s city council will take another step toward firming up a tax rate for the new fiscal year when they meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers, located at 307 E. Fourth St.

At last week’s budget work session, staff proposed a new tax rate of 86.6 cents per $100 valuation, which is almost identical to the rate the city levied under the current budget. Because of a big jump in property valuations, however, the new rate is expected to bring in $826,000 in additional revenue in the next fiscal year.

For more of this story, read Monday's edition of the Herald.

Budget tops Forsan ISD agenda

August 11, 2014

FORSAN — It's crunch time for trustees with the Forsan Independent School District — number crunching time that is.

Board members will meet at 7 p.m. Monday to pour over numbers in the proposed budget and 2015 tax rate.

According to FISD Superintendent Randy Johnson, who was still hammering out the details Friday, officials expect to deliver a tight but balanced budget to trustees based on the same maintenance and operation rate of $1.04 per $100 per valuation. Johnson said he didn't have a figure yet for the district's debt service rate but expected it to be less than last year.

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August 11, 2014

August 9th

TEA ratings show some improvement

August 9, 2014

Accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency Friday shows academic improvement in the Big Spring public schools but as a whole the Big Spring Independent School District is still rated “improvement required.”

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Zubiate trial to take stage in district court

August 9, 2014

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in 118th District Court in the trial of Leroy Zubiate, who is accused of shooting and seriously wounding a Big Spring man last November.

Pick up a copy of the Herald for the rest of the story.

August 8th

City fighting back with wage increases

August 8, 2014

When the subject is salaries, the city of Big Spring will never be able to compete with the oil field sector, but that hasn’t stopped officials from trying to be as competitive as they can.

During the past 12 months, salaries for city employees have jumped more than 10 percent and will increase even more if the city council approves the proposed FY 2015 budget presented earlier this week.

For more of this story, read Friday's edition of the Herald.

With valuations up, college tax rate will fall

August 8, 2014

Property owners may see some relief on their tax bill next year, at least where it comes to the Howard College taxing district.

Trustees with Howard College discussed a proposed 2015 tax rate at 17.3457 cents per $100 valuation Thursday following a lengthy budget workshop, which is a 3 cent decrease from this year’s rate of 20.3738 cent per $100 valuation. College officials expected to bring in $5.3 million in tax revenue, about $400,000 more than this last year’s project amount.

For more of this story, read Friday's edition of the Herald.

August 7th

Ciy will quit beer sales at mincipal course

August 7, 2014

Patrons of the city's golf course will be able to “bring their own beer can” to the links, but won't be able to buy beer or wine at the course's pro shop.

Pick up a copy of the Herald for the entire article.

Main break repaired

August 7, 2014

HERALD photo/Steve Reagan
City workers clear the area around a 20-inch water main adjacent to Big Spring High School that broke Wednesday afternoon. The break caused city officials to issue a ban on all non-essential water uses until the main was repaired later in the day.

August 6th

Water Main Break at 10th and Owens

August 6, 2014

Water System Repair
The City of Big Spring has experienced a large 20” main break located near 10th & Owens which will affect many citizens within the City. We have staff on site and they will remain on site until service is restored late this evening. You may experience some inconveniences such as no water, low water pressure, dirty water, or additional air in the water, etc.

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