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Wednesday August 7, 2013

Wednesday, August 07, 2013, 08:00 - 17:00

Volume 28, No. 17 Wednesday August 7, 2013

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LISD Tax Election: Liberty school trustees have ordered what’s called a Tax Ratification Election for October 12. During a special called meeting Monday night, the LISD board also approved the 2013-14 fiscal-year budget and a new tax rate that is subject to voter approval during that October 12 election. To capture additional state funds, Liberty school trustees are asking voters to approve a two-cent increase in the maintenance and operations tax rate. In return, the board voted Monday to reduce the debt service rate so the overall tax rate would actually decrease. Now, property taxes are $1.1711 per $100 valuation. The new tax rate would be $1.1686. If voters approve the change, the new tax rate will generate about $331,000 in new money from local and state coffers. Those dollars would be used to give Liberty school district staff a one-time payment that is the equivalent of about a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment.

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CMCRail Crossing: With the accelerated pace announced for building the Grand Parkway, another much discussed project may also be accelerated as well. Mark Sjolander, President of CMC said the plan to move the Hwy 90 rail crossing to the west and outside of Dayton, is still in place, and hopefully, they will be able to get the move made in the same time frame as when the Grand Parkway comes through Liberty County. Mark Sjolander said the location for the Grand Parkway is west of Dayton, just a short distance west of Cox Road, with the CMC rail crossing also very near Cox Road.

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Quieting Trains: Monday night, the Dayton City Council agreed to study the possibility of establishing what is called a “quiet zone”, eliminating the noise of train horns within the city limits. Dayton resident Rene DiSabatino addressed council on the issue that if passed, would make Dayton a quieter place. Dayton City Manager David Douglas said state law requires the railroad comply with quiet zone ordinances; however, the city would then be required to follow state mandated procedures, which according to the city manager, could cost as much as $1 million. Additionally, much of the safety liability for train related collisions would transfer from the railroad to the city.

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Obituaries: Forrest James Shields, 59 of Anahuac. Services 11 a.m.tomorrow St. James United Methodist Church in Anahuac.

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*LakeRelease: 1,500 CFSLibertyBridge: 6.62 ASL*

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