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East Cedar Creek Freshwater Supply District meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the ECCFSD office on Hammer Road just off Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Eustace City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the Eustace City Hall the first Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 425-4702. The public is invited to attend.
Eustace Independent School District meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High School Library. For more information, please call 425-7131. The public is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Council meets in Brawner Hall at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation meets at 1831 W. Main, GBC, at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-1899.
Henderson County Commissioner’s Court meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The public is invited to attend.
Henderson County Emergency Services District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 525 S. Tool Dr. in Tool.
Henderson County Historical Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical Museum.
Kaufman County Commissioner’s Court meets the first, second, third and fourth Monday of each month at 9:45 a.m. in the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp City Council meets at Kemp City Hall at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 498-3191. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp Independent School District meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Board Room in the Administration Building. For more information, please call 498-1314. The public is invited to attend.
Log Cabin City Council meets the third Thursday of the month in city hall. For more information, please call 489-2195. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Mabank City Hall the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-3241. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank Independent School District meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call 887-9310. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs City Council meets at city hall at 7:30 p.m. every third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 451-9229. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs Water Supply Corp. meets the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Payne Springs Community Center, located at 9690 Hwy. 198.
Seven Points City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Seven Points city hall the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3176. The public is invited to attend.
Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the OranWhite Civic Center the third Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3522. The public is invited to attend.
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District is held at 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3704. The public is invited.

  Ballot asks school tax hike
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank school taxpayers are being asked to approve a substantial rate increase in property tax.
Instead of the current $1.38 per $100 valuation of real property, the ballot will ask voters to approve $1.51.
However, because Mabank school trustees recently set three proposed property tax rates (as opposed to the usual two), should the $1.51 be approved, part of that rate will be reduced to maintain last year’s $1.38 rate.
A public hearing is set for 7:15 p.m. Monday, July 26, at the Mabank ISD Administration Building.
In addition, two side-by-side ads are also published on page 9A of this issue.
The first (left-hand side) ad shows the maintenance tax rate (M&O) set at $1.17 and 34 cents minimal payment on the schools’ bond payments (I&S, Interest & Sinking). This is what will be proposed on the ballot set for Sept. 14 to total $1.51.
If the $1.51 tax rate is approved by voters, the second ad shows the I&S rate will be reset to 21 cents, decreasing the overall rate back to $1.38.
The increase from $1.04 M&O to $1.17 will mean Mabank ISD will receive more state funding, about $400,000 more.
“We receive more money from the state for a penny that’s levied on the M&O than a penny levied for I&S,” assistant superintendent Scott Adams told The Monitor.
Though a rate of 34 cents is needed to meet bond payments, trustees will make up the difference from savings in the general fund, Adams added.
“We’ll collect the same amount (tax rate) of taxes (as last year) put them in the general fund, take surplus from general fund and give it to debt service fund to pay the bonds,” he explained.
The same proposal was sent to voters last year and was defeated.
The rate stayed the same and Mabank ISD didn’t receive the additional $400,000 it would have received in state funding had the $1.51 proposal been approved, he added.
The reason the trustees approved and published three tax rates was to assure voters that their intent is to keep the overall tax rate the same, Adams said.
“The state requires us to keep the minimal 34 cents on the ballot for I&S, even though part of that will be coming from another source,” he added. “That’s why the trustees are asking voters to approve the $1.51 rate.”
Voters can discuss their concerns with the school district at the public hearing.
Last year, Trinidad ISD was successful in passing a 13-cent increase, and Malakoff ISD explained the need for a nickel change in tax rates and won its case with voters.
Eustace faced a similar case two years ago. Kemp ISD may attempt a similar rate change later this year.

‘Edible Herbs’ tops gardening program at Library at CCL
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–The fifth week of the summer reading program at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake starts at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 12, with a special gardening program on edible herbs.
“Let’s Talk Herbs,” presented by the Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club, will define herbs and discuss the uses of numerous herbs found in the garden.
There will be herb samples for the children to smell and identify as well as her food samples for them to taste.
Learn which herbs are good in your favorite dishes and how they are good for a healthy lifestyle.
At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, it’s time for a demonstration by Five Tigers Martial Arts of Mabank.
Five Tigers teaches traditional martial arts with a modern approach.
Training in Eagle Claw, Chinese kickboxing, Tai Chi and Chi Gong (breathing and stretching exercises) are all offered to students of all ages.
Learn the many benefits of martial arts training including self defense skills, weight loss, increased strength and flexibility and improving self-confidence.
A donation will be made to the Library for anyone who signs up for classes.
At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 14, Diana and Jim Pollack will host the story hour.
Beat the heat with lemonade and popcorn at the Friday 1 p.m. movie “The Princess and The Frog.”
For more information, (903) 432-4185.

Kemp joins GO TEXAN Rural Community Program
Special to the Monitor
KEMP–Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples has formally announced the city of Kemp has become the newest member of the GO TEXAN Rural Community Program.
The program is an initiative sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture to market rural Texas.
“The city of Kemp is proud to be a GO TEXAN certified Rural Community. The resources and services provided by the program will have a positive impact on Kemp’s effort to grow and market itself as a community,” Mayor Matt Ganssle said.
The GO TEXAN Rural Community program is a free, member-based program providing resources and expertise to rural communities, businesses and organizations committed to the economic strength of Texas.
Certified members have access to ongoing reimbursable grants to help promote tourism, as well as special one-time grant programs to assist in other community development efforts.
“The voice of rural Texas continues to be heard thanks to the hard work of its citizens,” Staples said.
“Rural Texas is vital to the overall health of our state’s economy, and with the success of our united Rural Community Program members, we can be assured of future rewards for all of Texas,” he explained.
New businesses are already trickling into the city, from the Sonic drive-in to the new First National Bank building with its lessees, such as Subway.
“As the city of Kemp grows and invests in itself, the grant programs and economic development partnerships this program provides will prove to be invaluable,” Staples said.
“Rural Texas has so much to offer,” Staples added. “Every dollar spent on preservation, beautification, new business development and tourism in rural Texas creates jobs and generates income, adding to the state’s economy.”
Rural Texas covers approximately 80 percent of the state’s total land area. Retirees are increasingly drawn to smaller rural communities with access to urban services, and rural entrepreneuralism is a growing trend.
By 2040, the population in Texas’ rural counties is projected to increase by more than 20 percent.
“As rural Texas continues to grow, the preservation and celebration of our rural roots remains important,” Staples added.
“We appreciate every member of the GO TEXAN Rural Community Program. Together, we can preserve the past, celebrate the present and anticipate the future of rural Texas,” he said.
The only other Cedar Creek Lake area certified rural community is the city of Mabank.
For information on the GO TEXAN program, visit www.gotexan.org.

 

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and so on. My name is Domino, and I got my name not only because I’m black and white like a domino tile, but also because my outgoing, cheerful personality causes my doggie roommates to smile. This also causes our human friends to smile, which even causes the kitties in the cat room to smile.
I am an 8-month-old male Pointer/Terrier mix. I love children, other dogs, and even get along great with kitties. I’ve had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If you’d like to experience the domino effect, I am sure to put a forever smile on your face when you take me to my forever home.
I currently live with a foster family, so if you would like to meet me, call my friends at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake at (903) 432-3422 to make an appointment. You can also email them at dogshsccl@yahoo.com.
 

We have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call (903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

For further information visit our website at petfinder.com


 

 



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