Lake area businesses report slight to
solid increases in refunds
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE-Local sales tax rebate checks for December
have made a small increase over checks paid out for the same
period in 2010 by the State Comptroller’s office.
The increases in rebate checks vary from 0.62 percent for
Gun Barrel City and 0.76 percent for Mabank to 2 percent to
5 percent increases for other cities.
For instance, the city of Tool received a check for $4,925,
an increase of $255 more than paid out in December, 2010.
However, Seven Points received $29,059, almost 9 percent
less than it received for the same period in 2010.
Tool city staff contemplated the difference.
“We have a couple of new businesses and a lot of our people
are shopping more at home and there’s a lot of online
shopping from home and we get that sales tax,” Neva
Tankursley, Tool city secretary said.
The largest increase was a whopping 289 percent for the city
The dollar amount of its rebate check totaled $12,820, more
than $9,500 above the check paid in December, 2010.
Even the city staff expressed confusion about their good
“I really don’t know why (the increase is so large). Maybe
there was some online shopping or a combination of our
businesses doing really well,” city administrator Terry
Sales tax refund checks paid in December are based on
business conducted in October and reported in November.
Full garage? Not a problem.
By L Schroeder
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Are you like most folks with a garage so
full there is no room for any thing else, not even the car?
Some experts say our abundance of things filling our garages
to capacity is proof that Americans have a deep-seated
problem with materialism.
I don’t feel this way nor do any of my junk hoarding
buddies. We view having a packed garage as a good thing for
it reveals something very important. We Americans enjoy our
In fact, having a garage filled with prized possessions has
several positive aspects if you look at it just right.
Say it’s Saturday, no sports are on television and you can’t
afford a game of golf. Then the wife, noticing your
idleness, suggests, cleaning out the garage.
You hate the thought, but try looking on the bright side.
Now you have a project that will keep you well entertained,
which begins with the first piece of forgotten junk you find
hidden away in some dark corner.
As you look at this thing you just found, you may relive the
fond memories the item will recall.
“Why, I didn’t know I still had this old thing. I bought
this back in 1972 when my wife and I were, etc, etc, etc.”
Now aren’t you glad you stuffed that thing away in your
garage making this enjoyable reminiscing possible?
There are also health benefits that come with this cleaning
When you start lifting, twisting and moving things around,
you’ll use muscles you have not used since the last time you
cleaned out the garage.
The next day, you may have to put up with a sore back or a
few other aches and pains, but you may also get a day off of
work. Still, just think how satisfied you will be, knowing
the garage is clean and the wife is happy.
If you stop and think about it, there are even more benefits
to having an packed-out garage–like not contributing to the
Plus, having a garage full of all kinds of different things
means, the next time the wife says, “Let’s have a garage
sale!” you will have something to donate.
The reality is, Americans with garages filled to capacity
aren’t concerned whether they have a deep-seated problem or
What we really need to be more concerned about is running
out of room in our garages.
Just look at all the things we bought this year and there
are even more things to come in the years ahead that we
haven’t purchased yet.
Therefore, you need to get busy on building that second
garage you know is already needed.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
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.
information visit our website at