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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Jason Johnson, who was appointed to the position of costable of precinct 2 in April by the Kaufman County commissioner' court, will serve through 2015 as he is running uncontested in the November election called to fill that position. Johnson was chosen in August by the Republican Party to represent the party for that position on the November ballot, however the deadline has passed, and the Kaufman County Democratic Party did not vote on a candidate to challenge Johnson.
Area residents are warned to be cautious of a scam, for which there have been two reported incidents within a short period of time, according to Captain A. D. Sansom of the Terrell Police Department. The scam involves a phone call in which the person is told they won a sum of money. The caller instruct the victim to send a processing fee by means of a prepaid card in order to received the prize. Sansom said residents should be especially cautious of "too good to be true" winnings.
The Terrell City Council meets this evening at 7 o'clock, and on the agenda is a public hearing on the proposed 4.47 per cent tax-rate increase needed to pay for the new police headquarters building in Terrell. A second public hearing will be Tuesday, September 16th, at 7 p.m. The proposed increase in the tax rate, according to figures released by the city, would increase the average home tax bill in the city by $26.59. Also on the agenda for the council to consider this evening is the second vote on the city's budget, and the vote on second reading of the ordinance which increases water and sewer rates.
Kaufman County's public hearings on the proposed tax rate increase of 1.97 cents per $100 of taxable value, will be Friday, September 5th at 9:00 a.m., and Tuesday, September 9th, at 9:30 a.m. at the courthouse annex in Kaufman. That increase is for repayment of the transportation bond package approved by voters in 2013. The North Texas Municipal Water District has indicated it is unlikely now that stage 4 water conservation measures will be necessary this year. Stage 3 remains in effect, but the district has eased some of the restrictions, including tho once every two weeks lawn watering restriction. The North Texas Municipal Water District now says watering once each week is alright, but they still ask you not water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.