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BISD trustees set to adopt tax rate, budget

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Trustees of the Bowie Independent School District will approve the budget and tax rate for the new fiscal year in a pair of called meetings early on Aug. 31.
The public hearing on the proposed budget and tax rate will start at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.
At the Aug. 15 meeting, the board was finalizing expenses projected at $19,944,044 with revenues estimated at $19,845,615.
The district is looking at a 2022 tax rate of $1.03460 per $100 in property value. This is .0893 cents below the 2021 rate of $1.1239.
That rate is broken down in .85460 cents for maintenance and operation and .18 cents for debt services.
BISD is projecting $10,143,022 in M&O taxes compared to $9,681,482 last year. Certified property values went up in 2022 by $152,719,627, which pushed the tax rate down.
When local values go up, state funding usually goes down. The district is projecting state revenue at $5,344,410 for 2022-23 compared to $5,418,385 last year.
The second meeting will be called at 7:15 a.m. This agenda includes approval of amendments to the 2021-22 budget, designation of committed fund balance for district needs; approval of the salary schedule for 2022-23, budget and 2022 tax rate.

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97th District courtroom at Montague to get kevlar panels

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Montague County will make some security upgrades in the 97th District Courtroom and will apply for grants to replace radio equipment in the sheriff’s office following court action Monday.
Commissioner Bob Langford told the court he was approached by Security Baliff James Bacon about installing bulletproof material in the podium and wall panels in front of the judge, court reporter and jury panel. The Kevlar balistic panels are about 1.25 inches thick.
Langford explained this was a recommendation from the security officer, not something pushed by District Judge Trish Byars. The panels would be installed on the inside of the present wall panels providing a shield on the lower level.
County Judge Kevin Benton added active shooter training directs people to get down as low as possible. Langford said this would allow people to crawl along the floor with some protection trying to get to safety.
Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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Early primary voting ends Friday

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The final week of party primary early voting ends Friday with election day arriving on March 5.
During the weekend the first ever early balloting on Saturday and Sunday took place. Elections Administrator Ginger Wall said the numbers were low at 102 on Saturday and 48 on Sunday, across all four locations.
Through March 1 early voting will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all four locations.
As of closing Monday night there were 1,160 total early ballots cast across both the Republican and Democratic Party tickets.
The four locations in the county for early voting in person are Montague County Annex Community Room, Montague; H.J. Justin Building, Nocona; Saint Jo Civic Center, Saint Jo and Bowie Senior Citizens Center, Bowie. Voters are reminded they can cast ballots at any of these locations thanks to county-wide voting.
In the party primaries a voter must select a party in which to cast a ballot. In a runoff, the voter can only vote in that party’s runoffs.
In Montague County all local races were Republican candidates with only two contested races for precinct one commissioner and 97th District Attorney.

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

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Four-day work schedule began this week for Bowie city, finance offices

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The new extended four-day work week for Bowie city offices and the finance department began Tuesday and March 1, which will be first Friday the offices will be closed.
New hours will be Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. , and closed on Friday.
After hours call for electric, water or sewer emergencies will go through the Bowie Police Department at 872-2251.

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