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Public Notice of Proposed Release of Reclamation Obligations for Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Permit - 10/17/2013

PERMIT NO. 34E, LUMINANT MINING COMPANY LLC, MONTICELLO-WINFIELD MINE DOCKET NO. C14-0002-SC-34-F, 1,620.2 ACRES

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Public Notice - City of Mount Vernon - 10/17/2013

Request for proposals
professional management services

The City of Mount Vernon has received a contract award from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for reconstruction of Owner Occupied housing through the HOME Investment Partnership Program.

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Public Notice - Mount Vernon ISD Gifted/Talented Nominations - 9/26/2013

Mount Vernon ISD
Gifted/Talented Nominations

September 26, 2013
Mount Vernon ISD is accepting nominations for students in first grade through twelfth grade for the Gifted/Talented Program through October 11, 2013.  Students may be nominated by teachers, parents, or any other person directly related to the student’s educational experience.  Testing of nominated students will begin after parental permission is obtained.  MVISD provides a gifted and talented program for those students who perform or show the potential to perform at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who excel in specific fields.  Anyone wishing to nominate a student for the Gifted/Talented Program may pick up a nomination packet from the student’s school office.



26 de Septiembre del 2013
La escuela de Mount Vernon esta aceptando propuestas para los estudiantes de primer a doce grados para tomar un examen del programa de talentos hasta el 11 de octubre del 2013.  Los maestros, padres, u otras personas que ayuden con su educación pueden poner una propuesta para un estudiante.  Los exámenes comienzan después que los padres nos den su permiso.  El Distrito escolar de Mount Vernon provee un programa de talento para aquellos estudiantes que actúen o demuestren el potencial de actuar en un alto nivel de realización cuando se comparen con otros de la misma edad, experiencia o ambiente en campos específicos.  Si alguien quiere nominar a un estudiante para el programa de Dotados y Talentosos puede recoger un paquete de nominación de la oficina de la escuela.

Public Noitce - Replat Notice - 10/10/2013

This notice is to make public a request to revise the plat for El Dorado Bay Subdivision of Franklin County, Texas, shown of record at Slide No. 110-A,  Surveyors Records of Franklin County.

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Public Notice - Request for Proposals - 9/26/2013

The Franklin County is accepting proposals for RFP #12-13 Group Medical Insurance.  Specifications may be obtained from Brinson Benefits. 

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Public Notice - Replat King’s Country - 10/10/2013

This notice makes public a request to revise the plat for the King’s Country Development of Franklin County, Texas, shown at Plat Cabinet 65B, Plat Records of Franklin County, Texas,

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Public Notice - Notice of Public Hearing -9/26/2013

A public hearing will be held at the Franklin County Multipurpose Facility located at 208 Taylor Street in Mount Vernon, September 25, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

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Public Notice - Notice of public meeting Mount Vernon ISD - 10/3/2013

The Mount Vernon Independent School District will hold a public meeting to discuss the results of the Districts 2011-12 Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) on October 14, 2013

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Public Notice - Brief Explanatory Statements of Proposed Constitutional Amendments Special Election November 5, 2013

Proposition Number 1
(HJR 62)

HJR 62 proposes a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to provide by statute for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the United States armed services who is killed in action, as long as the surviving spouse has not remarried. An eligible spouse who later qualifies a different property as the surviving spouse’s residence homestead could be authorized by statute to receive an exemption from ad valorem taxation in the same amount received for the first qualifying homestead during the last year in which the surviving spouse received the exemption.
The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows:
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action.”

Proposition Number 2
(HJR 79)

HJR 79 proposes a constitutional amendment to repeal the constitutional provision requiring the creation of a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is in operation. No new loans have been made from the fund by the board in more than 25 years, and the board currently has no appointees and receives no program funding.

The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows:
“The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational.”


Proposition Number 3
(HJR 133)

HJR 133 would authorize local political subdivisions to extend the length of time that aircraft parts could remain temporarily in this state before being subject to ad valorem taxation. Under current law, merchandise, wares, and goods (including aircraft parts) may remain in this state temporarily for up to 175 days before being subject to ad valorem taxation; the proposed amendment would permit taxing entities to extend the exemption up to 730 days after the date that a person acquired or imported aircraft parts in the state.

The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows:
“The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption.”

Proposition Number 4
(HJR 24)

HJR 24 proposes a constitutional amendment that would allow the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled
veteran at no cost to the veteran by a charitable organization.

The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows:
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization.”


Proposition Number 5
(SJR 18)

SJR 18 would amend the definition of “reverse mortgage” to authorize the making of reverse mortgage loans for the purchase of homestead property in addition to the current legal uses of those loans, and would give lenders recourse against borrowers who fail to timely occupy the homestead properties purchased with such loans. SJR 18 would also add to the definition of “reverse mortgage” an extension of credit that is not closed before the 12th day after the lender provides to the prospective borrower a written notice summarizing risks and conditions of a reverse mortgage. The language of the required notice is prescribed in the resolution.

The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows:
“The constitutional amendment to authorize the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan.”

Proposition Number 6
(SJR 1)

SJR 1 would create the State Water Implementation Fund as a special fund inside the state treasury and outside the General Revenue Fund. Money in the fund would be administered by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and would be used to implement the state water plan, as adopted by general law, by TWDB.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows:
“The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources.”

Proposition Number 7
(HJR 87)

HJR 87 proposes a constitutional amendment to allow home-rule municipalities to adopt charter provisions  authorizing the filling of vacancies in the governing body by appointment, but only when the remainder of the vacant term is less than 12 months. Under current law, municipal voters may adopt terms of office for municipal officers longer than two years, but upon approving longer terms of office, any resulting vacancies in office must be filled by special election. The proposed amendment would provide an option for home-rule municipalities
to fill short-term vacancies through appointment.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows:
“The constitutional amendment authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a
vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less.”


Proposition Number 8
(HJR 147 and SJR 54)

HJR 147 would repeal the Texas Constitution’s maximum tax rate for a Hidalgo County hospital district; the maximum rate is currently set at 10 cents per $100 valuation. This rate is lower than the maximum tax rate allowable for hospital districts in all other counties in the State (75 cents per $100 valuation). The repeal of the constitutional cap would authorize hospital district tax rates in Hidalgo County equal to the hospital district tax rate laws applicable to all other Texas counties.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows:
“The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation
of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.”


Proposition Number 9
(SJR 42)

SJR 42 would expand the potential sanctions that the State Commission on Judicial Conduct can issue following a
formal proceeding. This constitutional amendment would allow the Commission to issue an order of public  admonition, warning, reprimand, or a requirement to obtain additional training or education in addition to the Commission’s current authority to issue a public censure or recommend removal or retirement of a judge.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows:
“The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.”

Published by Texas Secretary of State John Steen, www.Vote-Texas.gov or 1-800-252-VOTE (8683).