County budget: Five jobs cut
May be permanent; museum funds stay
Faced with the possibility of huge—and possibly permanent—losses in the Milam County tax base, and pledging not to raise taxes this year, Milam County Judge Dave Barkemeyer is taking a grim message to county taxpayers as decision time looms.
The new budget, which retains the current 65.2-cent tax rate, has sliced five positions in various county offices. Full Story
Okay, so the crane gives it away. It was still a pretty impressive sight Thursday afternoon as air conditioning units were replaced on Rockdale’s “old Walmart” which is well on the way to becoming Tractor Supply. The giant crane was visible through much of Central Rockdale, including the hospital and high school parking lots. Full Story
Luminant files its suit over tax value
Asks Delaware judge for relief
The long-anticipated “other shoe” finally dropped Friday as Luminant filed a lawsuit over its 2015 appraisal values.
Luminant is the county’s largest taxpayer and a major part of the tax base for Milam County and the Rockdale ISD. Full Story
SO2 spectre looms over Sandow
Judge concerned over long-term Luminant picture
On the heels of Friday’s long-expected lawsuit by Luminant (see separate story), another issue concerning Milam County’s largest taxpayer may be on the horizon. Full Story
WELCOME BACK—It’s not just students who got a welcome back to the Rockdale ISD during the week. On Friday, three days before the start of classes, school trustees toured all four campuses with administrators. Full Story
City tax rate of 79.9 cents due action
Rockdale City Council members will meet in a couple of special sessions Thursday to act on a proposed new tax rate which has now ticked down just under 80 cents.
City Manager Chris Whittaker said the proposal is now 79.9 cents.
Previously, council members had discussed a rate of 80.61 cents. Full Story
Families team to find youth cancer cure
Two Rockdale families who have been touched by childhood cancer are combining to mobilize support to fight the disease during September (National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.)
Jeff and Kelly Pickel and Jeff and Angel Miller are starting “Teaming Up for a Cure.” Full Story
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