City public hearings set for next two Mondays

City of Rockdale residents will have a chance to give input on the almost 3-cent tax increase proposed by council members in a pair of upcoming public hearings the next two Mondays, Aug. 21 and 28 at City Hall.

Time is 5:30 p.m. for both sessions.

The city council unanimously has proposed a 2.7-cent tax increase in a budget planning session.

Proposed new rate, 91.18 cents, is the rollback rate, the highest rate which can be adopted without triggering a tax rollback election.

Current city tax rate is 88.488-cents.

Proposed rate is over the “effective tax rate” of 86.30 cents. That’s the tax rate which would generate the same amount of tax revenue as last year.

The new budget includes a 2-percent pay increase for city employees.

Surplus food giveaway Thursday at KC Hall

The Capital Area Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry will hold its monthly distribution in Rockdale at 9 a.m. Thursday in the KC Hall parking lot, according to Denise Sifuentes, spokesperson.

“Volunteer helpers will be needed and greatly appreciated,” she said. “These distributions depend totally upon our volunteer helpers.”

Call 446-6475 for further information. “Clients are asked to bring sacks or boxes for groceries,” she said.

She added that volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Three draw sentences in 20th District Court

CAMERON—Three persons were sentenced last week in 20th District Court, according to Prosecutor Bill Torrey, who listed case dispositions as follows:

• Brandon Scott Diserens, 34, Gatesville, 15-year prison term after pleading guilty to sexual assault of child.

• Visente Xorxe Chiti, 35, Rockdale, six-month county jail term after pleading guilty to a lesser included offense, possession of controlled substance (less than 28 grams).

• Lisa Marie Freiling Dougherty, 54, Rockdale, was sentenced to ten (10- year prison term, probated three years, ignition interlock required on all vehicles for one half of the probation term, driver’s license suspension, $3,000 fine, $60 restitution to DPS after pleading guilty to DWI-third or more.

Fire calls listed for South Milam VFDs

The past week’s fire calls for South Milam County volunteer fire departments, dispatched from the Rockdale Police Department, were listed as follows:

• 9:41 a.m. Friday, small grass fire on East Belton and Texas behind Crocker Reclamation, Rockdale VFD.

• 3:23 p.m. Friday, grass fire on County Road 311, Rockdale VFD. Volunteers were called back to the same location later in the afternoon for a rekindle of the same blaze.

• 9:51 p.m. Monday, report of hay in roadway, Texas 36, south of Milano, Milano VFD responded.

Thorndale ISD proposes no change in tax rate

THORNDALE—The Thorndale ISD Board of Trustees, meeting in regular session, last week, has proposed a $1.17-cent tax rate.

That’s the same as the current rate, according to Supt. Adam Ivy.

During a budget workshop trustees were advised state budget formulas would result in $150,000 less revenue for Thorndale ISD than in 2016-17 but a balanced budget is still proposed.

Tax increase eyed for City of Thorndale

THORNDALE—Thorndale City Council members, meeting in regular session last Wednesday at Thorndale City Hall, proposed an 84.46-cent tax rate for the upcoming year.

That’s an increase over the current 78 cents.

Public hearings on the proposed budget are set for 6 p.m. Aug. 30 and 5:20 p.m. Sept. 13.

A public hearing on the tax rate is set for 5:15 p.m. Sept. 13.

Adoption of both the budget and tax rate is planned for 6 p.m. Sept. 25.

All are at city hall.

Rally for the Walk Sept. 9th to fight MS

The annual Rally for the Walk, to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) is set for Sept. 9, beginning at Nat’s on US 79 near Milano.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., first bike out is at 11. There are stops in Thorndale, Hogg and Somerville.

Single entry is $20, with passenger, $25, including barbecue plate.

Order deadline for T-shirts is Aug. 15. A limited amount will be sold on rally day. Call 979-814-1480, 254-214-3042 or 254-563- 5403.

For information on the rally call 512-760-0143, 512- 540-2561 or 512-429-8942.

Alcoa retirees to meet

Next meeting for Rockdale Operations Alcoa Retirees is set for Sept. 14 in the Alcoa Lake Training Center.

Setup begins at 4 p.m. with doors opening at 5. Doug Williams, spokesperson, said a short meeting will be held shortly before 6 p.m. Dessert group is A-Z.

“There will be no silent auction at this meeting,” Williams said.

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