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Rep. Ratcliffe visits

U.S. Representative for House District 4 John Ratcliffe is greeted by Mayor Margaret Sears.U.S. Representative for House District 4 John Ratcliffe is greeted by Mayor Margaret Sears. Rep. Ratcliffe paid a visit to Mount Vernon on Tuesday, August 15.

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Council votes down five cent property tax hike

Members of the Mount Vernon City Council unanimously voted down a property tax hike of five cents, formally approved water/sewer increases, and pledged to pursue other avenues to fund street and gutter repairs.

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Titus Regional Medical Center celebrates its history and growth

After more than 60 years of serving the regional community, Titus Regional Medical Center celebrated its rich history  and growth last week.

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Commissioners Court officially propose tax rate increase

The Franklin County’s Commissioners Court proposed a 3.4 cent tax rate increase to fund an eight percent increase in the budget proposed for 2018 with a 4:1 vote at their Monday, August 14 meeting.

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Request for additional patrol officer cut expected by city

A request to hire an additional patrol officer for the City of Mount Vernon Police Department and related equipment costs are expected to be cut from the list of large ticket and capital purchase items as the City Council makes most of its final adjustments before  proposing a tax rate and a budget for review at its meeting next Monday night. For more about the city’s budget, see the August 3 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Development corporation pursuing land purchase

The Mount Vernon Economic Development Corporation unanimously voted to pursue an option to purchase an unnamed portion of land for use in the development of a rail/truck transload facility in their meeting Wednesday, August 2.

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Water district seeking applicants to fill board vacancy

The Franklin County Water District is seeking qualified applicants to fill the vacancy on the district’s board of directors left by the resignation of Dwayne Bolin.

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Rising costs add to county’s budget needs

Continually rising costs for goods and services, together with a plethora of unfunded mandates dictated by the Texas Legislature,

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Dwayne Bolin resigns from water district board

Dwayne Bolin (center) received a plaque commemorating more than 10 years of service as Pct. 3 Director on the Franklin County Water District’s Board. Dwayne Bolin announced his retirement as Place 3 Director on the Franklin County Water District’s Board at the board’s July meeting, which opened the door for an appointment to be made to fill his unexpired term.

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