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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.

Variance granted for the Holbrook Bed & Breakfast

A variance from the current R-3 residential zoning was granted to Paul Macias for the property at 601 Holbrook St., the historic Holder House at the corner of Majors St.

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Development corporation pursuing land purchase

The Mount Vernon Economic Development Corporation unanimously voted to pursue an option to purchase an unnamed portion of land for use in the development of a rail/truck transload facility in their meeting Wednesday, August 2.

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Rep. Ratcliffe visits

U.S. Representative for House District 4 John Ratcliffe is greeted by Mayor Margaret Sears.U.S. Representative for House District 4 John Ratcliffe is greeted by Mayor Margaret Sears. Rep. Ratcliffe paid a visit to Mount Vernon on Tuesday, August 15.

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Rising costs add to county’s budget needs

Continually rising costs for goods and services, together with a plethora of unfunded mandates dictated by the Texas Legislature,

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Council votes down five cent property tax hike

Members of the Mount Vernon City Council unanimously voted down a property tax hike of five cents, formally approved water/sewer increases, and pledged to pursue other avenues to fund street and gutter repairs.

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Titus Regional Medical Center celebrates its history and growth

After more than 60 years of serving the regional community, Titus Regional Medical Center celebrated its rich history  and growth last week.

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Commissioners Court officially propose tax rate increase

The Franklin County’s Commissioners Court proposed a 3.4 cent tax rate increase to fund an eight percent increase in the budget proposed for 2018 with a 4:1 vote at their Monday, August 14 meeting.

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Request for additional patrol officer cut expected by city

A request to hire an additional patrol officer for the City of Mount Vernon Police Department and related equipment costs are expected to be cut from the list of large ticket and capital purchase items as the City Council makes most of its final adjustments before  proposing a tax rate and a budget for review at its meeting next Monday night. For more about the city’s budget, see the August 3 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.