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Wed
06
Feb

Buckingham files property tax bills

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

State Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway, filed a series of bills Monday, Feb. 4, aimed at property tax reform, especially when it comes to property owners' dealings with appraisal districts, as well as providing for an automatic ratification election if a municipality or county raises taxes above a certain threshhold.

“Since my first day in the Texas Senate I have fought for fiscally responsible limited government,” Buckingham said Monday in a statement to The Highlander. “Providing property tax relief to my constituents will always be one of my top priorities. Our current property tax system too often places an undue burden on property owners, and that is why I have filed several bills to reform property taxes in Texas.”

Senate Bill 597 and Senate Joint Resolution 36 would prohibit fees being charged to property owners for protesting an appraisal of their property.

Wed
06
Feb

Comptroller releases January sales tax reports

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Sales tax distributions for Burnet for the month of January dropped more than three percent below last year's total from the same time period.

Results were mixed for Burnet County's municipalities as four cities saw sales tax revenues increase, but two saw them decrease, including Burnet.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $734.7 million in local sales tax allocations for January, 3.6 percent more than in January 2018. These allocations are based on sales made in November by businesses that report tax monthly.

Burnet saw a decrease of 3.42 percent in the month of January 2019 as the county seat received $165,054.66 in distributions from the Texas Comptroller's office — down from the $170,912.01 received in January 2018.

Mon
04
Feb

ESD 8 terminates Briggs VFD contract

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Many unanswered questions are circulating through the Briggs community in light of a recent decision by the Board of Emergency Services Commissioners for Burnet County ESD No. 8 to terminate its contract with the Briggs Volunteer Fire Department effective March 1.

In a statement issued by the ESD No. 8, “all operations by Briggs VFD within the District will cease effective March 1, 2019, and all Briggs VFD assets that have been paid for by the District...will be returned to the District at that time.”

ESD No. 8 plans to assign the District's emergency services to Oakalla VFD following the dismantling of Briggs VFD.

“The Board believes this change in service will benefit the entire District by enhancing the level of service across the community,” the release stated.

Thu
31
Jan

FBC Burnet to host Care Nights

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

When faced with the death of a loved one, divorce, or single parenting, everyone pushes through the grief and struggles in a different way. Many people need support and guidance when faced with difficulties in their lives, and Care Nights at First Baptist Church Burnet are designed to help these individuals cope in their own ways, with the support and guidance of caring individuals.

FBC Burnet will host the spring sessions of GriefShare, DivorceCare, DivorceCare4Kids (DC4K), and Single & Parenting programs Tuesdays, starting Feb. 5 and continuing through April 30.

The four seminars are designed to guide participants in coping with the effects of divorce, single parenting, and grief through informational videos, group discussions, and personal workbook exercises which cover the week's topics.

Wed
30
Jan

Commissioners choose jail security vendor

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
After the opening of Burnet County commissioners court Wednesday, Jan. 23, Burnet County Historical Commission chair JoAnn Myers introduced new commission members, including Burnet Bulletin staff writer Savanna Gregg.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A Waco company will be making upgrades to the Burnet County Jail security system that will have the jail using manual controls for about a week during the installation.

After hearing a quick presentation from Sydaptic Inc., the Burnet County commissioners on Wednesday, Jan. 23, approved contracting with the company for $695,137 to install new hardware and software controls at the jail on Polk Avenue (Texas 29).

Sypdatic did not submit the lowest overall bid, but did submit what officials believed to be the best bid overall. Jail Capt. Matt Kimbler told commissioners a committee which studied bids submitted for the work recommended going with Sydaptic because of the amount of time the system would be down.

Wed
30
Jan

District judges appoint new auditor

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County has a new county auditor and purchasing agent after 33rd District Judge Allan Garrett and 424th District Judge Evan Stubbs appointed Karin A. Smith to the position, effective Feb. 4.

The appointment is for a two-year term. Smith will receive an annual salary of $78,167 as auditor plus a $5,000 yearly stipend as the county purchasing agent.

“We found Ms. Smith as a result of a very extensive search after we had advertised the position and received several applicants and conducted a number of interviews,” Garrett said. “She was our first choice and we made and she accepted our offer to come to Burnet County. We are pleased to welcome her to Burnet County.”

Wed
30
Jan

City funds hotel room need study

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet City Manager David Vaughn and Administrators Leslie Baugh and Evan Milliorn recently attended the International Conference of Shopping Centers and were made aware of an interest of more hotel development in Burnet.

Vaughn brought the information forward to Burnet City Council members at the regular meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 22

As the city hosts more events, the need for rooms has risen, and the city's current 140 rooms between the Best Western and Comfort Inn have proven insufficient, causing visitors to stay further down the road in Marble Falls.

To determine whether additional hotels would be financially conceivable for the City of Burnet, it would need to participate in a feasibility study through HVS. The cost of the study will be $7,500, and the proposal was approved at the Jan. 22 meeting, the funding of which was later approved by the EDC at their Jan. 25 meeting.

Wed
30
Jan

Wellness Fair returns to BCISD

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Anthony and Andrea Martinez paint rocks at the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center's booth at the 2018 Join the Journey Safe and Drug Free Wellness Fair. The HCCAC was among many other organizations who set up tables with crucial information on health, safety, and drug-free environments at the fair, which was provided to all guests. This year's Join the Journey Safe and Drug Free Wellness Fair will take place Thursday, Feb. 7 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Burnet Middle School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The BCISD Join the Journey Safe and Drug Free Wellness Fair will return to Burnet Thursday, Feb. 7 at Burnet Middle School.

Join the Journey, a program established in 2013 by BCISD officials and Burnet resident Janet Christiansen, was designed to help students cope with and resist drug issues among themselves and their peers after Christiansen's 21-year-old son, Caleb, passed away due to a drug overdose in 2011.

Wed
30
Jan

VFW Post 6974 accepting art entries

Contributed/Kim Timmons

 

BHS National Art Honor Society students meet with VFW Post 6974 and other veterans on January 21 for one-on-one interviews to inspire their upcoming entries in the VFW Auxiliary Creative Art Contest. Contest entries are due in by March 31, with judging in early April 2019. Grades 9 through 12, at least 18 years old are eligible to enter with local prizes of $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place. The local first place winner will be submitted to District 14 for judging on the district level. The final winner will be sent to state and then on to the National level. Contact President Kat Carter at 512-588-6070 for more information.

Wed
30
Jan

Cooper leaves behind $88k BCHC bequest

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

When Burnet historian Ina Cooper passed away in 2017, she not only left behind a legacy of appreciation and respect for the area's history, but an $88,000 donation to the Burnet County Historical Commission.

“We were all absolutely stunned at the amount of the bequest,” said BCHC Chair JoAnn Myers.

Cooper's passion for the preservation of history is continued by the BCHC, who will decide how to utilize the generous donation at their February meeting.

Possible uses for the donation include applying for National Register for the old Burnet jail located on the downtown square, and the historic iron bridges.

Cooper, born March 4, 1941, grew up in Mexia, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in mathematics and playing clarinet, according to her obituary.

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