Greenville – Hunt County officials today are scheduled to consider keeping the current tax rate as is and significantly reducing spending as part of the new budget.
County Judge John Horn has proposed a tax rate of 50.75 cents per $100 valuation, less than the effective tax rate which would generate the same revenue as the current fiscal year. Under the plan, each county precinct's road and bridge fund is reduced by $100,000 and the Sheriff's Office budget was reduced by $250,000 to $3.37 million.
Greenville – One of three petitions asking for an election item to consider alcohol sales is approved in Hunt County, leaving two separate entities waiting until next year.
Wolfe City residents in favor of the proposal are hoping to avenge a 2009 defeat of a similar ballot item. Commissioners on Monday approved the election item for November 8, which seeks the "legal sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption only."
Hunt County – A new lake is under considering for Hunt County as developers plan to present a proposal to the Cash Special Utility District.
The proposal comes from the Sunrise Municipal Utility District, who covers the southwest corner of the county. Established five years ago, the Sunrise MUD is working to develop a plan for the next ten years, which includes a plan for a new reservoir lake to supply the development in that portion of the county.
– Motorists are probably noticing more damage on the surface within the past couple of months as a result of the extreme heat.
Crews within TxDot's Paris District, encompassing nine area counties, are busier than ever this summer working to repair the effects of thermal expansion, when the heat causes the concrete to expand or grow.
Greenville – Authorities have no clues as to whereabouts of Matthew "Matt" Hallman, who was last heard from one month ago after texting his wife.
Hallman's wallet and other personal effects were found with his vehicle at his home in Greenville. Hallman is said to have purchased a large amount of camping equipment on the day he disappeared, but a theory that he may have been camping in the woods behind his residence hasn't panned out.