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County proposes budget, tax rate, property sale

Franklin County Commissioners proposed their 2017 fiscal year budget, an effective tax rate, and expressed their interest in exploring the possibility of selling several county owned properties during their Monday, August 8 meeting.

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Council proposes deficit budget, same tax rate

The Mount Vernon City Council followed the recommendation of its administrator in proposing the same tax rate for the fourth consecutive year, $.604382 for 2016,

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Five proposals to deal with flooding presented to public

Public input was gathered last week by the strategy team with the Carollo Engineers firm during the second forum and third presentation by the group on options to solve flooding issues around Lake Cypress Springs that arose during heavy rains in late 2015 and early 2016.

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County overrides HOT board funding recommendations

The Franklin County Commissioner’s Court members overrode the recommendation of the Hotel Occupancy Tax to cut in half the funding for the fall wine event sponsored by Mount Vernon Main Street and awarded the original funding amount of $6,000.

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Backing the Blue with armor

With the recent attacks against police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, east Texans have been displaying support for local law enforcement officers.

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Administrator’s contract terminated without stated cause

The contract for the Mount Vernon city administrator and economic development executive director Darrek Ferrell was terminated in an unexpected move at the regular Monday night meeting of the council.

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County must decide between cutting jobs, raising 2017 taxes

Franklin County Commissioner’s Court members are faced with a decision to either cut additional jobs or raise the tax rate to the effective tax rate or above to fund the 2017 budget.

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Student leadership program to be launched

Congressman John Ratcliffe announced the launch of the Congressional Student Leadership Program for high school students in Texas’ Fourth District.

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Election judges appointed

A slate of election judges for the November 8 General Election was appointed by the Franklin County Commissioners Court and preparations for improving conditions at the Winnsboro voting site was approved during their meeting Monday morning.

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