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County can expect 5.5% increase in health insurance rates

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Montague County can anticipate an increase in its health insurance costs in the 5.5% range when the renewal arrives this week.
The commissioners’ court heard from Jonathan Collander and Amy Bridges of the Texas Association of Counties health and employee benefits department as they offered the mid-year review.
Collander briefly touched on the document sent to the court on its renewal noting they generally like to see a loss ratio of about 94%, but the county is at 99.9% and for the last three years average 107%.
The county has averaged a 3.7% increase across the past three years and Collander said they can expect 5.5% this year; however, he said they will work with the county on its program and benefits to find what works best for it.

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

(Left) Kimberly Davis of adult protective services and fellow Department of Health Services staff presented the Elder Abuse Awareness Month proclamation at Monday’s commissioner’s court meeting. (Photo by Barbara Green)

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Unseasonably warm weather expected this week

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Hot, dry and breezy conditions will create an elevated threat for grass fires along and west of I-35 Monday and Tuesday. Monday will likely be the warmest, when near-record high temperatures are expected. (National Weather Service Fort Worth)

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Financial report readied by outside auditor

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Members of the Bowie City Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 and receive its annual financial report from the outside auditor.
Staff from Mathis, West and Huffines will present the report that reviews the 2022-23 fiscal year for the City of Bowie.
The council will consider a resolution authorizing a grant application to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security to purchase a emergency management trailer. This trailer at an estimated $23,187.98 would house the portable communications equipment the department has purchased.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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Weekend early voting arrives for party primary

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Early voting for the March 5 party primaries opened strong this week with more than 450 ballots being cast as of Thursday across both the Republican and Democratic tickets.
The voting began Feb. 20 and will through Feb. 23.
Ginger Wall, elections administrator, reminds county voters they will have extended hours for early voting this weekend and all next week.
The voting locations will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26-March 1.
This weekend early voting will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 25.
There are four locations in the county for voting in person: Montague County Annex Community Room, Montague; H.J. Justin Building, Nocona; Saint Jo Civic Center, Saint Jo and Bowie Senior Citizens Center, Bowie.
Voters may cast ballots at any of these locations.

Read more on this story in the weekend Bowie News.

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