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Hurricane relief

Brenda Sprayberry, Jeff Nickolson, and Mikayla Marlowe accept bottled water and diapers from Candy Wilhite as they load a bus with supplies for victims of Hurricane Harvey.Brenda Sprayberry, Jeff Nickolson, and Mikayla Marlowe accept bottled water and diapers from Candy Wilhite as they load a bus with supplies for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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Polling locations, judges okayed

Consolidated polling locating, election judges and alternates for the Tuesday, November 7 Constitutional Amendment Election were approved by the Franklin County Commissioners Court at their regular session Monday, August 24.

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Water district sets tax rate

The Franklin County Water District’s Board of Directors set the 2017 ad valorem tax rate at $.02503 per $100 of taxable valuations, which should yield $296,930 at 98 percent collection.

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Council explores extent of street repairs needed, costs

The Mount Vernon City Council Monday began pursuing information on streets and alternative financing for streets and gutters after voting down a five cent property tax hike last month earmarked for those improvements.

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Carmen Sparks seated on water board

Carmen SparksCarmen Sparks of Scroggins was appointed as the Place 3 Director on the Franklin County Water District’s Board at the group’s August meeting last week.

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Texting other laws soon take effect

There is a litany of just under 700 bills out of the 85th Texas Legislative Session that will become law September 1, 2017.

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Tax rate hearings for county, city set

The next three weeks will be filled with multiple public hearings and meetings for citizens to give input on the proposed budgets and tax rates for Franklin County and the City of Mount Vernon.

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Commissioners may be meeting more to pay bills, payroll

Franklin County Commissioners met in a special called session Monday to approve a repair contract and pay the bill.

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Some laws already in effect after regular Legislative session

One hundred and fifty-four bills became law without the signature of  the Texas Governor with approximately 108 of them going into effect immediately after a 20 day waiting period. To learn about a few of those criminal laws, see the August 17 edition of the Optic-Herald.