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19
Aug

Free COVID-19 testing at Expo Center this week

In response to the Texas Governor’s call for more Coronavirus testing in Southeast Texas, your Orange County elected leaders have requested additional testing from the State of Texas.

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Wed
12
Aug

Vidor motorcyclist sentenced for federal firearms violation

Vidor motorcyclist sentenced for federal firearms violation

Thirty-one year-old Taylor Cozart of Vidor was sentenced to 100 months in a federal penitentiary recently during a sentencing hearing held in the Federal Courthouse in Beaumont. Photo Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Office

A Vidor man who had the good luck of surviving a motorcycle crash last year, had his luck turn bad when he was sentenced to 100 months in a federal penitentiary for a firearms violation recently

Taylor Graham Cozart, age 31, of Vidor, TX was sentenced for federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox on July 28, 2020.

U.S. Attorney Cox said that Cozart pleaded guilty on February 10, 2020, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and, on Tuesday two weeks ago, was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
12
Aug

Proposed County tax rate is $0.58648 per $100 valuation

Proposed County tax rate is $0.58648 per $100 valuation

The Orange County Commissioners proposed about a 7% increase in the proposed 2020 Orange County Tax rate last week. Although the Court publicly insists that they intend not to raise the 2020 tax rate above last year’s $0.54200 per $100 valuation, they claim that the proposed tax rate increase will not stand and is only being proposed in case unexpected, but vital new equipment acquisitions like the patrol car above pushes the final budget above the Voter Approval tax rate. Photo by George Garza

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court set a proposed 2020-2021 Ad valorem property tax rate of $0.58648 per $100 valuation during their special court meeting held last week on Tuesday. Readers should understand that this is simply a proposal and not the actual new tax rate that will be adopted later on this month or next.

During the discussion of the agenda item to set a proposed tax rate, Orange County Judge John Gothia and at least two Orange County Commissioners repeatedly stated that this proposal of the 2020-2021 Orange County Proposed Ad valorem tax rate of $0.58648 per $100 dollars property valuation will not be the final Orange County property tax rate that will be adopted by the Commissioners Court sometime in the next thirty days and will go into affect starting on October 1, 2020, the first day of the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
12
Aug

School Board considering tax rate decrease

School Board considering tax rate decrease

The Vidor I.S.D. School Board is considering a possible Vidor I.S.D. Ad valorem property tax rate cut of a little more than six pennies per $100 valuation. The Board of Trustees will meet on August 17 th to make that decision. Photo by George Garza

The Vidor I.S.D. School Board of Trustees was presented with a proposed 2020-2021 Vidor I.S.D. School District budget last week and with it, the possibility of decreasing the Vidor I.S.D Ad Valorem tax rate.

It looks like the School Board will be presented a proposed 2020-2020 Vidor I.S.D. Ad valorem property tax rate of around $1.0745 per $100 valuation depending on several factors including a factor that is out of the hands of the school district. But regardless of the final number, the proposed school tax rate that the Board of Trustees will adopt when they meet on August 17 th has a good chance of being a tax rate reduction.

This proposal, although not set in stone, is about fivepercent lower than the current fiscal year 2019-2020 Vidor I.S.D. adopted Ad valorem tax rate of $1.13608 per $100 valuation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
05
Aug

Vidor I.S.D. plans to mitigate COVID-19 on campuses

Vidor I.S.D. plans to mitigate COVID-19 on campuses

Although things are quiet today at this Vidor I.S.D. school, next week will be a busy week with the first day of traditional in-the-classroom school instruction starting on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Every school will follow a COVID-19 mitigation plan and Coronavirus prevention measures will be instituted at every campus. Photo by George Garza

As the Vidor I.S.D. schools prepare for students to return to their classrooms, teachers and staff are taking additional measures to insure that traditional inschool classroom instruction proceeds safely with COVID-19 prevention measures in place in every classroom in the school district. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jay Killgo said that parents and guardians of school children will have the final say on whether their children will return to their classrooms or learn on-line in a self-paced, daily attendance required curriculum when school starts in just one week from today.

Parents and guardians must declare whether they will allow their children to attend school in their traditional classrooms or to stay at home with on-line instruction by July 31, 2020.

For those opting for regular in-school instruction, all V.I.S.D. campuses will be teaching the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills curriculum and using Google™ Classroom for that instruction.

 

Wed
05
Aug

County invokes “special taxing unit” rule of new State Tax Code

County invokes “special taxing unit” rule of new State Tax Code

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court, seen here practicing social distancing back in April of this year, voted unanimously last week to invoke a special clause of Senate Bill 2 that will allow Orange County to file for special taxing unit status in order to bypass the new law’s three and a half percent property tax increase cap when the Court sets a proposed 2020-2021 tax rate this week.

As the preliminary 2020-2021 Orange County proposed budget was being distributed to each of the Orange County Commissioners for their first look at next year’s proposed budget, the Commissioners’ Court was asked to consider directing that the voter-approval tax rate be calculated at 8% in the manner provided for a special taxing unit in Senate Bill 2 that was passed by the Texas Legislature last summer.

This will allow Orange County to increase their property taxes by an amount up to 8% of the current year’s tax rate without a mandatory referendum.

To explain how the new law passed by the Texas Legislature last year is supposed to limit property tax increases by local government entities, we spoke with Texas State Representative for District 21, Dade Phelan.

Wed
05
Aug

Fatal collision victim identified

The unknown fatality victim of a late night automobile/pedestrian collision reported in the July 29, 2020 edition of The Vidor Vidorian has been identified as a Beaumont resident reported as missing by his family. According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll the dead man’s identity was confirmed by his fingerprints that were processed at the Jefferson County morgue.

The accident victim is identified as 59 yearold Antonio Rodriguez of Beaumont, TX.

Chief Carroll said that Mr. Rodriguez is the unidentified adult man who was struck and killed by a car on the eastbound service road of I-10 sometime around 10:20 p.m. on Thursday night, July 23, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
05
Aug

Armed robber pulls gun on clerk

An unidentified man walked into a South Vidor convenience store and pulled a gun on the store clerk and demanded money late last Thursday night. The man made off with an undisclosed amount of money, but no one was hurt during the alleged criminal incident.

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, shortly before 11:00 p.m., the night clerk at the Falls Convenience Store at 1914 South Main Street in Vidor was alone in the store, cleaning the floor and straightening up the merchandise racks in preparation for the store closure. A man dressed in a black hoodie walked into the sales area of the store. The store clerk reported to police that the man pulled out what appeared to be a dark in color semiautomatic pistol from his pocket and aimed it at the clerk. The clerk told police that the suspect ordered the clerk to go behind the cashier’s counter and to give him the money that was in the cash register.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
29
Jul

Unidentified pedestrian dies on service road

An unidentified adult male was struck and killed by a car on the eastbound I-10 service road at about 10:20 p.m. on Thursday night, July 23, 2020. According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, Vidor Police detectives are still awaiting for fingerprint information from the Jefferson County Morgue where the victim’s remains were transferred during the Vidor Police Department crash investigation.

Chief Carroll said that the driver of the car that hit the pedestrian did stop to render aid as required by law and that the driver is working with the Vidor Police in their investigation into the fatality collision.

Chief Carroll said that the crash between the pedestrian and the vehicle occurred on the eastbound I-10 service road between the Bonner Road/Dewitt Rd. exit ramp and the Church Street freeway underpass.

Wed
29
Jul

OCESD#1 transitions to Allegiance Mobile Health on August 16, 2020

OCESD#1 transitions to Allegiance Mobile Health on August 16, 2020

The new Allegiance Mobile Health ambulances are painted fire-engine red and have the words “Orange County Emergency Services District No. 1” prominently painted on their sides. They start rolling out for emergency services in the fire district on August 16th. Photo by George Garza

Plans are being finalized for a seamless transition of emergency medical services from Acadian Ambulance Service to Allegiance Mobile Health for all residents, visitors, and travelers in the Orange County Emergency Services District #1. That district covers nearly 160 square miles on the west side of Orange County and includes the cities of Vidor, Pine Forest and Rose City.

The transition in medical response is scheduled to take place on Sunday morning, August 16 sometime after dawn at a time to be announced.

“We are expecting the transition to be seamless and practically unnoticeable to the patrons of our district, with the exception of seeing a red ambulance rather than a white one and slightly better response times,” said OCESD#1 Fire Chief Robert Smith.

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