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Crime board sets budget; down $29,000 with cuts

August 9, 2017

Azle Chief of Police Rick Pippins presented the proposed 2017-18 fiscal year budget for the Azle’s Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) to the city council at its Aug. 1 meeting.
The presentation was part of a public hearing on the matter; acceptance of the proposed budget will be a part of a future council meeting.
The total proposed figure for the CCPD budget is $578,690.
Estimated revenue for the 2017-18 FY from the one-fourth of one percent sales and use tax that funds the CCPD is $462,500… Read the rest

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Senior Spotlight

August 9, 2017

BY BABS BAGWELL
The Azle Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the B. J. Clark Community Center at 601 Southeast Parkway.
Call by before noon the day before you plan to eat to reserve a balanced meal with a voluntary contribution of $2. The phone number for our center is (817) 444-0070.
During the week, we have many activities at the center to appreciate, encourage, and entertain our seniors.
Those activities include Kiowa Casino trip each month, exercise, yoga, Bible study, computer class, food bank, Produce Day, card/domino games, bridge, and Silver String Band.
Look for a reason to need people, and they will need you in return.… Read the rest

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Tarrant Co. tax rate drops

August 9, 2017

The Tarrant Commissioners Court is planning to adopt a tax rate that is one cent lower than the current rate to fund its $602.6 million budget for the coming fiscal year.
The court was presented with the balanced budget Aug. 7. The proposed tax rate is 24.4 cents per $100 valuation.
Such a rate would result in $244 in county taxes on a home valued at $100,000.
The tax rate in Tarrant County has either remained steady or decreased annually since 2006.
During the meeting, the court was also asked to consider a three percent merit-based increase to non-law enforcement employees.… Read the rest

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State tax holiday set for Aug. 11-13

August 9, 2017

This year, the annual sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-13.
The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.
“It’s never too early to take advantage of the opportunity to save money on everything from ball caps to ballpoint pens,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “As the father of three young children, I know how these expenses can add up.”
Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.… Read the rest

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Chambers Mix it Up

August 9, 2017
Chambers Mix it Up

Members of the Azle, Springtown, Weatherford, Decatur, and Bridgeport chambers of commerce met for an ice cream social mixer July 27. Held at Still Waters Retreat of Texas, dozens of chamber members from the tri-county area networked. Photo by Christina Derr

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Webster Claims Top Award

August 9, 2017
Webster Claims Top Award

Longtime Azle resident John Webster was awarded the International Country Gospel Music Association’s 2017 Male Horizon Award last month for his contribution to country gospel music. Webster has performed many gospel music shows here, and throughout the Metroplex and has worked in the music ministry for 28 years.

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Parker Co. audit ‘clean’

August 9, 2017

$14 million in reserves

The Parker County Commissioners court accepted a clean financial audit for fiscal year 2016 on behalf of the county.
The audit showed the county government is well-prepared for any future rainy days with over $14 million in general fund reserves.
Of that amount, $13.8 million is unrestricted and can be used for any needs that may arise.
Jackie Gonzalez with the firm of Weaver and Tidwell, L.L.P. said of the audit and the county’s finances, “We are issuing an unmodified opinion, which is a clean opinion.”
Parker County Judge Mark Riley was happy with the results of the audit and praised the work of county officials such as County Auditor Mike Rhoten.… Read the rest

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Parker County auto registration going down

August 9, 2017

By opting out of program that aided low-income drivers

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Parker County drivers can expect to see a six-dollar decrease in the price of their vehicle registration beginning in the next 60-90 days.
The Parker County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday, July 24 to adopt an order opting the county out of participation in the state’s LIRAP grant program.… Read the rest

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Dancing Queens (and Kings)

August 9, 2017
Dancing Queens (and Kings)

When Poo Live Crew invited kids in the Music in the Park audience to come onstage and dance and play instruments, they got a big response.         Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Summer Golf

August 9, 2017
Summer Golf

The annual summer junior golf clinics at Cross Timbers GC ended Aug. 3. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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