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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.

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GCRMA receives update on Thoroughfare Plan

The Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority received an update on the proposed Grayson County Thoroughfare Plan during a regular session on Thursday. The plan will be used as a guide for future transportation development in the County through 2040.

S&S approves staff for concealed-carry program

SADLER — Several teachers and staff received final approval from the Sadler and Southmayd Consolidated Independent School District Monday to carry concealed handguns on school grounds through the District’s new Defender program. Citing security concerns, the District declined to reveal the identity or number of participants approved.

Commissioners discuss new 911 call center

Grayson County commissioners Tuesday continued to struggle with the 2015 budget. The County’s budget year begins in October, so commissioners generally set aside the hottest weeks of the year to iron out the final wrinkles in the fabric that holds the County system together.

Election season comes again to the Grayson County Commissioners Court

Though it seems only yesterday that local election workers hung up their hats for the season, it is already time to start planning the next round. Grayson County commissioners will take up the matter of elections when they meet on Tuesday. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. at the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman. The Court will also meet through out the week as it hears from local elected officials and department heads about their hopes for the 2015 budget. The budget meetings are expected to start Monday morning and continue through the week until everyone who wanted to make a presentation has been heard.

Meetings set to discuss Grayson College’s proposed tax rate

Grayson College’s Board of Trustees agreed on Friday to set public hearings for the proposed tax rate for 2014. The proposed rate approved Friday is 18.15 cents per $100 valuation. While that is a decrease from current tax rate of 18.16 cents, it will increase the amount of money raised due to an increase in property values and the addition the Panda power plant to the list of businesses paying taxes to the College.