Commissioners To Work On Budget; Consider Contracts, Inter-local Agreements At Monday Meetings
Jul13

Commissioners To Work On Budget; Consider Contracts, Inter-local Agreements At Monday Meetings

Hopkins County Commissioners Court has held work sessions every day this week, meeting with other county staff and officials to begin developing a county budget for the upcoming fiscal year. By midweek, it’d become apparent that the biggest needs are for the fire and sheriff’s departments, and county roads. The court members have continued working in an effort to soon have a proposed budget ready. The commissioners are...

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Budget Process Ongoing At SSISD, Additional Personnel Raises Still Being Considered
Jul09

Budget Process Ongoing At SSISD, Additional Personnel Raises Still Being Considered

There’s still quite a bit of work to be done before Sulphur Springs Independent School District administrators present a substantially complete general budget for trustees to approve. SSISD Business Manger Sherry McGraw presented trustees with an updated working draft of the 2019-2020 budget during their regular meeting Monday evening. McGraw said the business office had received an updated template, but continue to receive from...

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City Council Calls For Special Election To Help Fund Pacific Park Improvements, New Senior Citizens Center
Jul03

City Council Calls For Special Election To Help Fund Pacific Park Improvements, New Senior Citizens Center

Sulphur Springs voters will be asked Nov. 5 to go to the poles to determine whether or not to allow economic development funds to be used to help fund improvement at Pacific Park and to build a new center for senior citizens. The city council was asked to approve a resolution for the special election to allow the EDC sales and use tax funding to be used by the city’s parks department for qualified 4B projects, including...

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Sulphur Bluff ISD Accepts Application For Value Limitation for Dike Solar Farm
Jun22

Sulphur Bluff ISD Accepts Application For Value Limitation for Dike Solar Farm

Shelly Leung and Rick Lambert of Powell, Youngblood & Taylor discuss with Sulphur Bluff ISD trustees the application for appraised value limitation Hopkins Energy LLC submitted to SBISD for a proposed nearly 3,000-acre solar farm. A nearly 3,000-acre $240 million solar project is one step closer to being located in northeastern Hopkins County. The Dike location is one of many international company Alpin Sun is considering in the...

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Ranch for Profit Workshop Scheduled June 29
Jun19

Ranch for Profit Workshop Scheduled June 29

By Dr. Mario Villarino, Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Agent, agriculture, natural resources According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, financial sustainability of a business is measured by the ability to maintain equity and to generate a net after tax positive income and cover withdrawals for owner operator labor and management. The reason withdrawals and distributions are important in evaluation of business sustainability is...

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Commissioners Court Agrees to Tax Rebate Program
Jun17

Commissioners Court Agrees to Tax Rebate Program

Hopkins County Commissioners Court Hopkins County Commissioners Monday agreed to a proposal from Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation to move away from tax abatement programs to tax rebate programs The program still allows the county go grant tax incentives for businesses, especially new businesses investing in a Hopkins County location. However, instead of the business getting the abatement up front. The...

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New Solar Energy Project Proposed for Dike area
Jun12

New Solar Energy Project Proposed for Dike area

Another solar electric generating facility is being considered for the Dike area of northeastern Hopkins County. Sites in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma, as well as other “locations across the world and other parts the United States” are being also reportedly being considered for the Alpin Sun solar project. Alpin Sun is the same company responsible for Solemio Solar farm SSISD granted a limited value agreement for tax...

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Rep. Flynn: Commerce Approved for ‘Qualified Hotel Project’
May30

Rep. Flynn: Commerce Approved for ‘Qualified Hotel Project’

The City of Commerce can now address lodging and event space needs by building a hotel and convention center thanks to House Bill 4347, which qualifies the city to complete a qualified hotel project using state hotel occupancy taxes, state sales taxes and re-investment funds, according to a press release from Rep. Dan Flynn’s office.

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Folwell: Hospital District In Good Shape Financially
May30

Folwell: Hospital District In Good Shape Financially

Hopkins County Hospital District Board CEO Ron Folwell reported the district to be “doing fairly well” financially, and the director of EMS services reported April to be a good month for the service in the three counties they serve. Financial Report For the first 7 months of the year, the hospital district’s net income was $3.944 million, which means the district “made $811,000 on a consolidated basis for the hospital,” Folwell...

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Educational Legislative Update: May 1, 2019
May01

Educational Legislative Update: May 1, 2019

Information provided by Dax Gonzalez, TASB Govvernmental Relations The school finance reform bill made it one more round Wednesday, passing through the formal Senate Education Committee hearing. This bill addresses funding for basic allotments, full-day pre-kindergarten programs, teacher and librarian salary raises, school finance calculations and school and certain property tax rates. As substituted in committee, the bill: Increases...

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