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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 08:00 - 17:00

Volume 29, No. 156 Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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CountySetsTax Rate: Liberty County Commissioners met in regular session yesterday morning and voted unanimously to set the property tax rate for the new budget year. Commissioners adopted the current property tax rate of .5788 per $100 of assessed value. However, due to increased property values countywide, the effective tax rate is lower at 0.5477.  The effective rate is the tax rate that would generate the same amount of income as the current year. This new tax rate increases county revenue by approximately $1.3 million. Two public hearings will be held; the first on August 26 and September 2 both are at 8:30 a.m. at the Liberty County Courthouse.

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Tree on House: Two Tarkington area residents were transported to Kingwood Hospital after a tree fell on their mobile home during the Monday afternoon storms. Liberty County Emergency Coordinator Tom Branch said the damaged home was in the area of SH 105 and FM 2518. Two women residents inside were not seriously hurt, but were both taken by Liberty County EMS to Kingwood hospital for treatment.

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ClevelandContracts with LCEMS: For the past several months, Liberty County Emergency Medical Services has served the City of Cleveland on a trial basis. This was after that north county city canceled the contract with the company that previously provided EMS service there. At a meeting last week, the Cleveland City Council approved a five-year contract with Liberty County EMS to provide emergency medical services inside their city limits. Now Liberty County EMS will serve all of Liberty County with the exception of the City of Liberty, on an extended basis. The contract pays LCEMS $59,000 per year, for five years providing 24 hour ambulance coverage.

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PantherAcademy: What's called the Liberty Panther Academy, or LISD pre-kindergarten program, provides half-day or full-day pre-k classes for kids who qualify under state guidelines, as well as those who do not. San Jacinto Elementary Principal Tom Connelly said for a monthly tuition fee, students can be enrolled in pre-k classes. Children can sign up today and tomorrow during the district wide student registration event at Liberty Elementary School from 5 to 7 pm. You can also call (936) 336 3161 for more information.

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*LakeRelease: 1,250 CFS LibertyBridge: 6.11 ASL*

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