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Preparing financials

The fiscal year ends Sept. 30 and taxing entities are gearing up to complete their budgets for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

At the Bosque County Commissioners’ Court, budget workshops started July 24, and the budget proposal was posted July 28. This proposed budget will be tweaked in the next couple of weeks, but it comes close to what the budget is expected to be.

The county budget and subsequent tax rate is coupled to the expected income from property taxes, fines, fees and grants.

Figures released by the County Tax Assessor/ Collector Arlene Swiney show the value of total taxable property at $1,572,460,452 with tax revenue of $7,229,037. On Monday, the appraisal roll and the certified estimate of the collection rate of 98 percent was approved.

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Tater Triumph

As a tribute to the pantry, and its volunteers do week in, week out, the generous citizens of North Bosque came out in big numbers to support the North Bosque Helping Hands food pantry.

It was heartwarming to see how many people show up for the annual, very popular and successful baked potato lunch and bake sale Aug. 8.

With 340 taters baked, there was more than enough for the 230 attendees. Many chose to carry out big orders of the delicious spuds, all the fixin’s and the amazing array of desserts, for the office or for the family meal at home But with all the added donations, that accompanied ticket price the proceeds made were around $4,000.

All the proceeds will be spent on supplies for the food pantry.

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City council stalls out

Once again, controversial issues prevented Meridian City Council from dealing with the business at hand and moving forward.

Over 50 concerned citizens had come to find out how and why City Administrator Marie Garland was put on administrative leave, to hear outcomes on important issues like amending city administrator duties, pricing for the Bosque County Sheriff ’s Office to operate the town’s law enforcement, the code of conduct and social media policy, direct deposit services, code enforcement, council meeting procedures, a tax abatement for Cypress Creek Solar, a right of way easement for private citizen access to the Fossett family cemetery and whether the city attorney can be available by phone or physically for city council meetings.

But once the City Council went into executive session, at least half left frustrated. In fact, none of those issues came to a conclusion, much to the audience’s malcontent.

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Aug

Budget requests

The Clifton City Council reviewed staffing and equipment requests by city departments for next fiscal year’s budget during its regular meeting on Monday, August 8.

Discussion during the budget workshop involved specifically a new police investigator, cost of living adjustments for city employees, and a mower, new control panel, and two trucks for the public works department.

Clifton Police Chief Trace Hendricks and Public Works Director Brian Baumann were on hand to talk about their requests and to field questions from the city’s alderman and mayor.

Chief Hendricks explained that scams through telephones and computers – the current dominate trend in crime locally – are becoming more frequent and time-consuming to investigate.

Hendricks said that the $50,000 requested would cover only the salary and benefits for a new full-time officer, not training, equipment, or vehicles.

Wed
16
Aug

Preparing the financials

The fiscal year ends Sept. 30 and taxing entities are gearing up to complete their budgets for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

At the Bosque County Commissioners’ Court, budget workshops started July 24, and the budget proposal was posted July

28. This proposed budget will be tweaked in the next couple of weeks, but it comes close to what the budget is expected to be.

The county budget and subsequent tax rate is coupled to the expected income from property taxes, fines, fees and grants.

Figures released by the County Tax Assessor/ Collector Arlene Swiney show the value of total taxable property at $1,572,460,452 with tax revenue of $7,229,037. On Monday, the appraisal roll and the certified estimate of the collection rate of 98 percent was approved.

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Aug

WHAT'S GOING ON

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MES gets ready for school

The 2017-18 School Year is nearly upon us.

PreK & K registration is in person at the MES campus. PreK – begins Aug. 1, Kindergarten – begins Aug.

7. This year, all returning students to the Meridian Elementary School should be registered online starting Aug. 9 online. The Meet the Teacher night is scheduled for Aug. 24 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The School Dress Code will remain the same this coming year. Please refer to the 2016-2017 student handbook online at meridianisd.org for reminders of the expectations.

MES school hours are 7:55 –3:20. All Visitors are required to check in to the office and wear a visible guest badge at all times while in the building.

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09
Aug

Final delivery

Meridian Mailman James McCarter has put some miles on the clock in the 37 years he worked for the United States Postal Services – one million wreck-free miles. Thirty-one of those years people could find McCarter on the county roads in northwest Bosque County, always ready with a wave and a smile.

On Saturday, his family held a retirement/birthday party in the Memorial Library Building in Meridian, so that customers, who became friends over the years could come and wish 70-year-old McCarter well, over a cup of punch and a cupcake.

After all those years, the work might have given him neck and back problems and the many miles along the county roads became a bit tedious and wore down his truck, but it was his beloved customers that always put a smile on McCarter’s face and a glint in his warm blue eyes.

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09
Aug

EVERYBODY CHEER!

Summer is over, at least for students taking part in any sort of extra-curricular activity. Band camps, cheer camps, and football conditioning have all started.

At Jacket Nation, the annual Mini Cheer Camp heralds in the new football season, with new cheers and routines meant to fire up the Yellowjacket crowd and to instill Jacket Pride in the youngest supporters.

Last week, 34 mini jackets cheerleaders came to the Meridian High School gym for fun, games and the chance to show off their learned skills at the end of a three-morning camp, under the guidance of the Yellowjacket Varsity Cheerleading Squad.

The main dance was fittingly to Trivassi’s “Follow the Leader,” as the young Yellowjackets followed and copied each and every move their week’s mentors made. And as an extra surprise, Awesome – the Yellowjacket mascot – showed up to join them.

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Putting the cherry on top

With the sun peeking through the live oak branches, many members of the Spring Creek Baptist Church stood in the early morning, dabbled shade to see, photograph and film how the Knight Brothers – Jim and Richard – placed a newly built steeple and bell on their beloved Bosque County church dating back to 1874.

It was an anxious moment Saturday when the addition was placed – would the lift be able to come high enough, would it fit? It cost the live oak tree by the door a bough, to get the lifting equipment close enough to the church, but within an hour, the new bell tower and cross stood out against the steel blue sky. The finishing touches were to secure the addition and attach the bell rope.

“This is just the cherry on the cake,” Church Trustee Nancy Massengale said. “This is the best little church with the best people. We never thought this is what the church was missing but doesn’t this look pretty? It just gives me the chills.”

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09
Aug

Reading is fun

The Nellie Pederson Civic Library announced the winners of its 2017 Summer Reading Club and Poetry Contests on Saturday, August 5.

In all, summer reading club readers read for a total of 112 hours, or 6,725 minutes, library director Lewis Stansell said.

The top seven readers are Sarah Gable, Jennifer Gallagos, Jacob Grelle, Samantha Grelle, Caleb Ketchum, Waylon Tebo, and Rebekah Tyler.

The 2017 poetry contest winners (by age group) are Caleb Ketchum, Kindergarten; Jennifer Gallegos, first grade; Carla Pribble, third grade; and Sara Gable, fifth grade.

The winners received their certificates and prizes during a short ceremony at the CLIFTEX Theatre in historic downtown Clifton prior to a free screening of a family-friendly film.

The library’s annual summer reading program aims to assist parents in preventing reading loss for their children in elementary school over the summer months.

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