August 7th, 2012
Big Spring city officials are adopting a âjust say noâ 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.
âSome people will see a tax decrease,â he said. âMineral values account for more than half of the tax (levy) increase.â
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.
Sharon Gonzalez, 64, of Big Spring, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in Lubbock, Texas. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Chapel with the Rev. Pat Ray, pastor of Prairieview Baptist Church, and Herb McPherson, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olive Memorial Park.
She was born Aug. 28, 1947, to Pat and Russell Wetmore in Glendale, Calif. She married Juan Gonzalez on Feb. 14, 1979, in Big Spring, Texas. She has been a resident of Howard County for 34 years. She was a member of Prairieview Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.
Lacy Edwards, 69, of Big Spring died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at his residence. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Chapel with Rick Cunningham and Patrick Robinson officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Trinity Memorial Park.
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.
Otilia H. âTilaâ Alvarado, 84, died Friday, Aug 3, 2012, in Grapevine Texas. Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with the Rev. James Plagens and Deacon Johnny Arguello officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
She was a life-long resident of the Howard County area and a member of the Sacred Heart Parish. She was a homemaker. In recent years she lived in San Antonio and Grapevine.
Lacy A. Edwards, 69, of Big Spring, died Monday, August 06, 2012 at his residence. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.