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Tue
25
Sep

Water District sees tax increase

By George Garza

The Orange County Water Control and Improvement District Board of Directors voted Thursday night to set the district’s new 2018 ad valorem property tax rate at $0.41063 per $100 valuation.  This new ad valorem tax rate is a $0.05163 increase over the 2017 tax rate of $0.35900 per $100 valuation or just over a nickel for each $100 of property value set for your home by the Orange County Appraisal District.

Water District Director Norman Blackman said that the increase in the ad valorem property tax rate was caused partially because of the decreased property values among the personal and business properties that lie within the district caused by storm damage from Hurricane Harvey.

 

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Tue
25
Sep

Shangri La reopens

By George Garza

After nearly a year since the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center were inundated by the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey our county’s premier formal garden, nature and education center has reopened to visitors, horticulturalists and, of course, to our county’s students.

“This is actually the third time we’ve been flooded since the Gardens were open to the public, said Shangri La Director Rick Lewandowski, “but the worst flood ever in history was Hurricane Harvey.” 

 

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Fri
21
Sep

Carder resigns Ward 1 Council seat

Kelly Carder has unexpectedly resigned her Ward 1 Vidor City Council seat. Carder notified Mayor Robert Viator, Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst and Vidor City Secretary Vicki Watson by email Friday morning of her intent. Carder was first elected to Vidor City Council in May 2015 and had filed paperwork with the city recently naming a campaign treasurer, a necessary first step in her stated intent to run for the mayoral position in May 2019. Attached is a copy of her resignation letter.

September 21, 2018

Dear Mike, Vicky, Robert,

Thu
20
Sep

No change in County elected salaries

BY George Garza

The Orange County Commissioners Court voted to adopt last year’s salary schedule for Orange County’s elected officials. All County elected officials will maintain their current pay rates in the upcoming fiscal year. That includes the members of Commissioners’ Court, much to the consternation of County Judge Dean T. Crooks.

Judge Crooks was hoping there would be support among some members of the Commissioners’ Court to back his long time proposal for everyone on the Commissioners Court only to take a reduction in pay for the coming budget year.

 

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Thu
20
Sep

Friday Night Lights shine on all the action

Above, members of the Mighty Pirate marching band and Brigadettes perform at halftime in Conroe. Varsity cheerleaders, pictured at left, perform a routine during the Vidor-Conroe Caney Creek game Thursday.

 

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Thu
20
Sep

No comments on proposed County tax rate

By George Garza

As the Orange County Commissioners Court continues to work with County Judge Dean T. Crooks to put the finishing touches on their proposed 2018-2019 Orange County Budget, there are a few procedural requirements that must be adhered to prior to their adoption of next fiscal year’s budget.

O ne of those requirements is that the Court must hold a public hearing on their proposed 2018 ad valorem property tax rate that will provide the some of the revenues for that new budget.

 

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Tue
18
Sep

Chromebooks!

Third graders in Ms. Alyssa Ware’s class are enjoying the new Chromebooks provided for their classrooms. “We’ve been using Google Classroom for so many open ended responses, assignments, and practice with skills in every subject,” says Ware.

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Tue
18
Sep

Theft victim offers reward

By George Garza

Lonnie Stanley has been living in Vidor for almost all of his 70 years. Mr. Stanley lives in what he calls a quiet and peaceful neighborhood in far north Vidor and has lived without worrying much about his security until recently. Stanley says that he knows, now, how women feel when they say they have been “violated”. Mr. Stanley said that he was violated when two men broke into a building he owns on far north F.M. 105 and stole his property and destroyed other items and damaged the building.

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Tue
18
Sep

Free flu shot for students

Nearly one year after what some are calling the worst influenza season in a decade, it’s time again to make plans to protect yourselves and your loved ones from the misery of the flu. And this year, thanks to Healthy Schools by Care Dox any student whose parent or guardian wishes to have immunized against four strains of influenza can get free flu shots administered by qualified nurses at their schools this week on Friday.

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Tue
18
Sep

Council finalizing budget, tax rate Thursday

By Randall Luker

Vidor City Council is expected to finalize the proposed 2018-2019 budget and tax rate Thursday. Having made some minor adjustments over the past few months, council members are poised to adopt a $6.2 million budget without increasing taxes.

The tax rate must be adopted before the new fiscal year begins October 1st and by limiting new expenditures, and relying on city reserve funds, city council is expected to adopt a tax rate of $0.0724 per $100 of valuation, the same rate as last year.

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