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Bowie City Council argues if rate ordinance ‘revenue neutral’

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By BARBARA GREEN
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The Bowie City Council continues to disagree as there was a split vote on an electric rate ordinance with the mayor breaking the tie with a yes vote.
Despite Monday’s approval, it comes back around at the next meeting as the ordinance faces its second reading and final vote.
This ordinance came up after Councilor Tami Buckmaster kept pushing questions about the ordinance, which was not revised when the new rates went into effect Dec. 1.
Earlier in February, City Manager Bert Cunningham told the council after numerous back and forth emails with Schneider Engineering, including Buckmaster’s questions, the engineers found a minor change needed to be made, but the formula used to calculate the costs is correct. A new ordinance was prepared by Schneider.
In an explanation about the change, Cunningham said the reason for a new ordinance goes back to the rate study of 2015 and subsequent rate increase, which also was the last time the rate ordinance was passed. However, in 2016 some changes were made in electric rates without a change in the electric rate ordinance.

Engineer’s rate change results for each electric category.

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Judges named to preside over DA Hall cases

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Judges have been named for the two cases involving 97th District Attorney Casey Hall, including the indictment for theft and a petition for removal as DA.
On July 11, Judge David L. Evans, presiding judge for the Eighth Administration Region of Texas, assigned E. Lee Gabriel to handle the indictment case against Hall. The judge then named Bruce McFarling for the removal petition case.
The two-term DA Hall was indicted by the Montague County Grand Jury July 15 on a charge of theft of property $2,500 to $30,000, a state jail felony. The allegations stem from reported misappropriation of state grant funds.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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Safe room rebate available

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The City of Bowie has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund a Residential Safe Room Rebate Program.
This program will provide a 50% rebate of the cost of a residential storm shelter, up to a maximum of $3,000. The city’s grant is sufficient to provide rebates for about 20 residential storm shelters.
The Bowie Office of Emergency Management will be hosting an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. on July 30 at city hall, 307 N. Mason Street, to explain the program’s requirements, answer questions, and distribute applications.
If you are a homeowner who lives within the city limits of Bowie, and are interested in this program, please plan on attending. For more information, email city emergency management coordinator at [email protected].

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Court approves election judges, bridge agreements

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Montague County Commissioners Monday approved four bridge replacement agreements and finalized the list of election judges and clerks as the Nov. 5 general election was called.
The court made quick work of its relatively brief agenda of business in less than 30 minutes.
County Elections Administrator Ginger Wall presented the order calling for the election on Nov. 5, along with the slate of election judges, alternate judges and clerks for the 2024-2025 elections.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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