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Tenative agreements reached on city budget plan

A budget workshop Monday, July 22 for the City of Mount Vernon yielded several tentative agreements in the council’s approach to the 2019-20 fiscal year budget.

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Citizen groups appeal for HOT fund allocations

Approximately 20 citizens representing five or more volunteer organizations who conduct events and/or maintain facilities that attract tourists appealed to the Franklin County Commissioners Court to distribute Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds in their 2020 fiscal year.

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Emery made captain

His wife, Mallory Beshirs Emery and children, Ruger and Daisy (seen with him)Andy Emery was promoted to the rank of captain of the Lancaster Fire Department in ceremonies at the station in Lancaster, Texas on Friday July 12.

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Taxable values up slightly for local taxing entities

The Franklin County Appraisal District released the certified tax rolls to local taxing entities this week.

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McCullough shares 2030 Vision with Industrial Foundation

Dr. Jason McCullough, superintendent of the Mount Vernon ISD, at right, spoke about the districts 2030 Vision projectDr. Jason McCullough, superintendent of the Mount Vernon ISD, at right, spoke about the districts 2030 Vision project at the quarterly meeting of the Franklin County Industrial Foundation Friday, July 12.

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City gets tough on illegal dumping

No Dumping signs have been placed near the brush burn pile on FM 21.Repeated illegal use by commercial firms, non-city residents, as well as those dumping of items other than brush and wood products has forced the City of Mount Vernon to close their site for brush and wood disposal south of the City Lake off FM 21.

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County approves grant application to digitize local newspaper

The approval for the county library to proceed with a Tocker Foundation grant application to digitize copies of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald was given by Franklin County Commissioners Court members during their meeting Monday, July 8.

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City HOT Fund requests heard by Council

Allocation requests for funds from the City of Mount Vernon’s Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds were presented by nine groups with $51,300 in qualifying projects to support.

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Council relinquishes rail port grant funds in split vote

The final step in relinquishing the $1.2 million Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant was taken in a 3:2 split vote of the Mount Vernon City Council at their Monday night, June 8, meeting.

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