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By Patricia Dillon Editor Whitehouse Independent School District board members unanimously approved the proposed budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-18. The instruction portion of the budget … more
The Smith County Commissioners Court held a special meeting Monday and voted unanimously to approve and adopt an order calling for a $39.5 million bond election with a 10-year maturity to be held on … more
The Troup Independent School District is seeking to raise the tax rate to $1.22, which is $0.05 higher per $100 valuation than the rollback tax rate. There will be a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) … more
Despite being under investigation by the Texas Rangers, Cherokee County Commissioner Byron Underwood (Precinct 4) will keep his seat on the Commissioners Court. Underwood has faced scrutiny since a personal item was noticed on his expense report submitted during a recent Commissioners Court meeting. more
The City of Whitehouse held a special council meeting Monday, Aug. 14, to discuss five action items and hold a budget workshop. The first item of action was the first public hearing on the proposed 2017-2018 property tax rate of $0.675207 per $100 of valuation. No citizen attended, and the council unanimously approved the proposed rate. The next public hearing will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. more
The Smith County Commissioners Court received its first presentation on the proposed, six-year Smith County Road and Bridge Capital Improvement Project on Tuesday, August 8. County Engineer Frank Davis rolled out the first working draft of the plan, a 52-page document listing potential road projects costing between $100 million and $120 million. The plan lists projects for more than 1,167 miles of the county’s 1,182 miles of roadway. more
Patricia Dillon has always watched the sun rise and set in East Texas. A life-long resident of this corner of the state, Dillon has settled in Jacksonville, but now has a vested interest in Troup and Whitehouse. The newest employee of Bluebonnet Publishing, Dillon is the new editor of the Tri County Leader that covers all things Whitehouse and Troup. She replaced Suzanne Loudamy, who recently retired from the newspaper. more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced last week he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $779.2 million in local sales tax allocations for August, 1.3 percent more than in August 2016. more
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