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SISD revives scholarships for top students

For 20 years, Sherman Independent School District has had a policy stating that its top students will be given a $1,500 scholarship from the Board of Trustees. But this came as news to some Board members. At their Monday night policy review workshop, the Board heard that this policy has not been followed for some time.

Grayson College looks at canceling election

Grayson College’s Board of Trustees will consider canceling the college’s Trustee election slated for November. The decision is expected to come when the Board meets at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday for its monthly meeting. The public is invited to attend. The meeting will take place at the Administrative Services Boardroom at the Denison campus.

County finalizes budget, jail hires

The Grayson County Commissioners Court on Tuesday finalized the county budget and tax rate for next year, which had Sheriff J. Keith Gary, among others, smiling wide. Gary and his correction captain, Roger Braziel, attended the morning meeting to thank Judge Drue Bynum and other the other commissioners for buoying staff levels at the county jail.

Sherman finalizes tax increase

The Sherman City Council on Monday put its final seal of approval on property tax rates for fiscal year 2015. The approved rate of 37.2 cents per $100 of valuation is two pennies higher than the 2014 effective rate of 35.2 cents, and will generate an estimated $992,000 in additional funds for the city.

GCRMA to consider TxDOT grant

The Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority Board will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at 5100 Airport Dr., in Denison. The Board will discuss an potential agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation for the 2015 Routine Airport Maintenance Program grant. Other items that will be considered include:

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No one shows up talk about tax rate at Grayson County Commissioners hearing

Grayson County commissioners Tuesday took to their bench ready to hear from residents about the proposed 2015 tax rate. But when it came time to hold the public hearing on the rate, no one came forward. Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum called for comments from the public a number of times before he declared the one-minute long public hearing over and went on with the rest of the items on the Court’s short agenda Tuesday.

New location for Bells lift station discussed at City Council meeting

BELLS — The dilemma of Smith’s lift station was discussed further at a Bells City Council special meeting on Monday night. As with any project, the first step begins with the budget. Mayor Pro Tem Roger Goodwin said the Council spent the evening working on approving their 2015 budget and tax rate, which included how to handle the moving of the lift station. The idea of purchasing a nearby beauty salon as a new location for the lift station was suggested, and the Council decided to look into the matter, but no action has been taken at this time.

Denison City Council discusses tax revenue

As a part of its ongoing discussions on setting the 2015 budget, the Denison City Council received a report on the city’s tax revenue for the current year. For 2014, city staff is recommending maintaining the current tax rate of 0.653377 percent, resulting in an increase in revenue for the City by $270,000.