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Hotel tax board proposes changes in allocations

The  Franklin County Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Board is expected to propose changes in their allocation process. The changes are to be outlined to members of the Franklin County Commissioners Court at their meeting at 9 a.m. Monday, August 26

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Saltillo Store closed after fire

The Saltillo Store is closed after a fire destroyed the buildingThe Saltillo Store in Saltillo has been closed after a fire destroyed the building around 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. The owners, Billy and Ann Ward, do not plan to rebuild and re-open the business.

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Commissioners considers self insurance

Is a self insured or partially self insured program a less costly alternative to the current insurance program for Franklin County employees, elected officials and dependants?

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Storm damage

Storm damageSeveral areas off FM 900 W received heavy damage from high winds from a storm that blew through the area on Tuesday, Aug. 13. The roof of the home of Dwayne and Kay Bolin in 1000 block of FM 900 W received damage. For more information, see the Aug. 22 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

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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McDonald’s opening attracts a crowd

arches prior to the sign being lifted onto the pole in front of the restaurant.Laura LaToof and Victor Martinez stopped for a photo with the Golden Arches before the sign was raised high into the air. The opening of the new McDonald’s franchise store Monday, Aug. 19 in Mount Vernon was not your ordinary opening.

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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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Burning ban remains in effect

The ban on outdoor burning issued August 12 remains in effect despite localized rains received Wednesday and Thursday of last week. The initial order banning outdoor burning was issued last Monday during a meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court.

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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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