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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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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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Agenda changes recomended by attorney raises questions

The removal of the traditional invocation/prayer at the opening of the Franklin County Water District’s meeting agenda sparked more discussion than any of the five changes recommended in the review by the district’s attorneys during last week’s monthly meeting of the district’s board of directors.

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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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Ferrell recommends same tax rate for 2016-17 budget

The City of Mount Vernon is expected to keep the same property tax rate for 2016-17 as was set for the previous fiscal year as recommended by City Administrator Darrek Ferrell in their Monday night workshop session.

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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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Emergency services district to be explored

Judge Scott Lee recently announced that he has begun to looking into the requirements to establish and operate a countywide emergency services district.

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Chamber funding cut for remainder 2016

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce funding for the balance of 2016 was terminated by the Franklin County Commissioners Court in keeping with the recent discovery of the donation being in conflict with the Texas State Statutes and multiple state attorney general opinions.

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Structural designs that might solve flooding to be presented

A public forum on the conceptual structural design options for the flood issues will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 in the council chambers of the Mount Vernon City Hall.

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