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Commissioners propose lower tax rate

Franklin County Commissioners Court members Monday unanimously proposed a lower ad valorem tax rate of $.448488 for 2013 and approved a seven year Limited Tax Note to fund two costly projects and protect the county’s reserve funds.

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City tax rate down from 2012

A property tax rate of $.604382 per $100 of property value is being proposed by the Mount Vernon City Council for 2013. The city’s proposed 2013-14 operating budget combines general and utility funds of $6.3 million with expenses of $6.2 million.

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Third fresh water line up grade completed this year

Crews with the Cypress Springs Special Utility District have completed three waterline improvement projects during the first two quarters of 2013 and the fourth in the past nine months.

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City council members to be elected by place system

Members of the Mount Vernon City Council will now be elected by the place system. The current council unanimously voted for the ordinance putting the new system in place at their regular monthly meeting Monday.

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ID now mandatory for voting

Voters are now required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas Elections. This requirement is effective immediately.

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Bonham joins Jordan Health Services as Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Bonham joined Jordan Health Services as their Chief Financial Officer on July 25, 2013. Mr. Bonham has 23 years of leadership experience in the health care industry working in home health and home community based services.

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Cleaning up the mess

A crew from Southland Response, LLC  cleaning us a diesel spillA crew from Southland Response, LLC in Henderson came to Mount Vernon on Saturday, Aug. 3 to help clean up after a diesel spill in town. A semi-truck owned by Hollywood Express in Yukon, Okla.

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Building facade grants recommended

Two building facade grants valued at $500 each are being recommended to the Mount Vernon City Council for approval at their Aug. 12 meeting. Each of the projects represents improvement of from $1,000 to $2,000 on two downtown structures.

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Sales tax holiday is this weekend

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items priced under $100 during the state’s annual sales tax holiday.

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