Council to set tax rate, utility fees Thursday
The Rockdale City Council will vote on setting its 2013-14 tax rate, along with water and wastewater fees during a pair of meetings Thursday at City Hall.
Meetings are scheduled for 5:30 and 6 p.m.
The city has proposed a 75-cent tax rate, up from the current 71, and five-percent hikes in water and sewer rates.
Other agenda items include splash park funding request (see story page 6A), and bids for water meter systems, and pickups for the police department and Public Works Department.
Fire Chiefs announce fund-raiser winners
The Milam County Fire Chiefs Association has announced winners of its annual fund-raising drawing as follows (all rifles and shotguns have soft cases):
John Miller, .308 rifle; Mary Klein, 30-06 rifle; Kenny Merrell, .22-carbine rifle; Jill Ayres, .22 rifle; Larry Ayres, 20-gauge shotgun.
Jessica Meadors, 12-gauge pump shotgun; Storage-4-U, pistol; Gerald Morton, 770 rifle; LeAnna Junek, barbecue gas grill; John Yakesch, $200 Walmart gift certificate.
New voter ID guidelines topic for VFW meeting
THORNDALE—VFW Post 4009 & Auxiliary will host an informational meeting on new voter ID guidelines at the Thorndale V FW Hall at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11.
A representative of the Milam County Clerk’s office will be going over the information to assist those in attendance to understand the new law, requiring voter identification.
In addition to the information on the new guidelines, there will be voter registration cards available.
There will also be forms available to update voter registration cards.
The program is anticipated to be about 45 minutes long, followed by a question period.
Deadline for registering, or updating your information, is 30 days before the election in which you wish to vote.
Milano ISD set to adopt budget, tax rate Monday
MILANO—Milano ISD trustees are set to adopt the district’s budget and tax rate for 2013-2014 at their meeting on Monday, Sept. 2 at the MHS library.
A public hearing on the budget and tax rate is set for 7 p.m. The board is looking at a rate increase from $1.21 to $1.23 per $100 of valuation.
The actual school board meeting will begin immediately following. Trustees will also consider budget amendments for the current 2012-2013 fiscal year.
Enrollment soaring in Thorndale, Milano
Enrollment is soaring in the Thorndale and Milano ISDs at the start of the 2013-14 school term.
First-day enrollment at Thorndale Monday was 614, an increase of 11 percent from the 555 who answered the bell for the first day of classes in 2012-13.
In Milano the 432 enrolling the first day was an increase of 9 percent from last year’s 398.
Gause ISD first-day enrollment was 190, down from 200 on the first day of 2013-14.
Thorndale proposes 83.33-cent tax rate
City council members in Thorndale, meeting last Wednesday in regular session at City Hall, proposed an 83.33-cent tax rate for 2013-14.
That’s up from the current 82.36 cents.
A public hearing on the budget is set for 5:25 p.m. Sept. 11 and final action on the budget and tax rate is scheduled at 6 p.m. Sept. 23.
A major item included in the new budget is a $7,000 expenditure for a new girls softball field in City Park.
During the meeting, the council endorsed construction of the new facility after a presentation by Adam Fisher.
Other budget items include a new police car, sewer line extension, street paving/seal coating and new cameras for police cars.
Resolution possible Friday on CTH question
A resolution of the fate of Cameron’s Central Texas Hospital is possible after a Friday hearing in 20th District Court.
Officials of Rockdale-based Little River Health Care are in negotiations to operate the troubled Central Texas Hospital in Cameron permanently.
Little River has been operating CTH since July 19 in the wake of charges involving Dr. Tariq Mahmoud, who owned several medical facilities, including the Cameron hospital.
If an agreement can be reached it’s anticipated Little River would be a tenant operating the Cameron facility, but the building would continue to be owned by CTH.
Troy Zinn of Little River Health Care is serving as interim administrator of CTH.
Tourism committee tables Kay request
The City of Rockdale’s Tourism Committee has tabled action on a request for hotel occupancy tax funds by the Kay Theatre Foundation.
Meeting Tuesday at City Hall, the committee decided to wait until planned concerts at Fair Park by John Corbett (Sept. 14) and Reckless Kelly (Sept 28) are over and the committee will have a better handle on how much funding is at their disposal.
Also Tuesday, the committee heard a report by the Rockdale Historical Commission on work being done to the “Cheyenne Mountain,” a 1942 dining car being restored at the International & Great Northern Depot-Museum. A December completion date is forecast.