Author: Cheril Vernon

July Statewide Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.3 Percent

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter EAST TEXAS – The Texas economy expanded for the 13th consecutive month with the addition of 19,600 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in July. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.4 percent, which was double the annual growth rate as compared to a year ago. The TWC released its monthly unemployment statistics for July 2017 on Friday, Aug. 18 and the data showed the state’s unemployment dropped from 4.6 percent in June to 4.3 percent in July. The July 2017 mark was also slightly lower than the July 2016 unemployment rate which came in at...

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Crockett City Council Moves Forward on Grants, Public Hearing Held

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – The Crockett City Council met on Monday Aug. 21 to discuss what the city should do about moving forward on grants and grant applications.  Once the meeting had been called to order, the first item of business before the city council was a public hearing on the 2017 tax rate proposed by the city. In a council session held earlier this month, the council proposed a tax rate of 0.586094 per $100 of property value for fiscal year 2018. The FY 2017 tax rate was 0.533823 and the effective rate for FY...

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Commissioners Court Lowers Proposed Tax Rate

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – The Commissioners Court of Houston County lowered the proposed tax rate by one cent during a court session held on Tuesday, Aug. 22. During a meeting held on Tuesday, Aug. 8 the commissioners had proposed a tax rate of 0.55 per $100 of property value. As the Aug. 22 meeting got underway, County Judge Jim Lovell said the court had revised the proposed rate. “We have worked on this some more and we were able to actually lower the proposed rate to 54 cents per $100 of property valuation. That brings...

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