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Thu
13
Sep
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Fisher County adopts 2019 budget and gets scolded by judge

By Jeff Hurt

The Fisher County Commissioners officially voted to adopt the $2.4 million budget for FY 2019 and the effective rate of .815649 in a 3-1 vote, with Commissioner Gordon Pippin voting against. The court also voted to approve the $52,000 drug forfeiture budget for the Sheriff's Department, but things heated up when Justice of the Peace Angie Pippin made a request to set up a rotation for on-call hours.

JP Pippen's issue is that where there once was a time when the county had two JP offices, with the closure of one office, it leaves her office as the sole provider of services for the county. As the county has up to 24 hours to magistrate a misdemeanor crime, and 48 hours to magistrate a felony offense, along with the Justice of the Peace being the primary investigator of deaths in the county, Pippin is on-call on a 24/7 basis.

Thu
13
Sep
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Stonewall County adopts FY 2019 budget

By Jeff Hurt

The Stonewall Commissioners officially adopted the budget for the 2019 fiscal year, also setting the tax rate before moving on to regular county business Monday.

After completing all necessary procedures regarding public hearings to increase taxes above the effective tax rate of .888993 and below the rollback rate of .9601, the commissioners officially set a tax rate of .9554

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Wed
05
Sep
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Fisher Co. Commissioners approve budget without tax increase

By Jeff Hurt

In a brief special-called meeting Tuesday, the Fisher County Commissioners approved the 2018-19 budget with no further cutbacks and without raising taxes in a 3 – 1 vote.

Controversy sparked last week when the commissioners disagreed on approving a budget that included a 5% raise for all county employees and officials, but—per the orders of District Judge Glen Harrison—granted a 6% pay increase to the county auditor.

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Wed
05
Sep
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Stonewall County clarifies tax rate notice and make changes to pre-employment CDL requirement policy

By Jeff Hurt

Stonewall County Judge Ronnie Moorhead cleared up potential confusion with the county’s legal notice regarding this year’s tax rate, and commissioners voted to no longer require a CDL for road and bridge employment Monday. The commissioners also received updates on computer networking upgrades and approved property bid.

Judge Moorhead expressed some concerns with the wording in the county’s publication of its tax notice. Although the information is technically correct, Moorhead wanted the commissioners to be aware of the potential issue in the event they had questions from taxpayers.

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Wed
05
Sep
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Nomadic Newspaper relaxes in Ruidoso!

If you are traveling somewhere that you think is interesting and exciting or going to meet someone famous, or interesting we would like to invite you to take along the Double Mountain Chronicle, snap a photograph and send it to us to publish in the newspaper with a brief description. You can email the photo to: publisher@dmchronicle.com 325.933.8129.

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Thu
30
Aug
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Aspermont calls for liquor election and sets tax rate

By Jeff Hurt

The Aspermont City Council officially called a November election for the legal sale of alcohol before discussing the tax rate and 2019 proposed budget. City Administrator Lorenzo Calamaco referenced how property values were up this year, leaving the council in a position of flexibility with the tax rate.

Last year's effective rate—which the council adopted—was .725337. Although this year’s effective rate is lower, Calamaco predicts it would clear approximately $4,000 above what the city received last year.

This year’s rollback rate of .721287 would increase tax revenues by more than $19,000 above last year. However, Calamaco reminded the councilmembers that the city is in good financial shape and recommended adopting the effective rate.

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Thu
30
Aug
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Fisher Co. Commissioners consider tax hike to grant second salary increase

By Jeff Hurt

Although approving a 5% raise for all county employees earlier this month, the commissioners were split on adopting a deficit budget. With Judge Ken Holt vetoing, the commissioners are looking to grant another 1% through further budget cuts or raising taxes.

“The budget is as close as close can be,” said Holt. Although it might very well be possible to generate the additional revenue through additional budget cuts, Holt felt the more likely solution would be adjusting the tax rate.

After calculating the 5% salary increase the court voted on during the August 13 meeting, County Auditor Becky Mauldin presented the commissioners with the most updated version of the proposed 2019 budget for review and discussion Monday.

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Thu
30
Aug
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“If the mud ain’t flying you ain’t trying!”

Red Dirt Mud Bog Results

Super Street Class

1st Rachel Bradshaw - Daddy’s Girl - 87 Chevy - Aspermont, TX

2nd Annette Smith - Lil Nasty - 77 Chevy 2nd David Eagle - 06 Jeep - Seagraves, TX

3rd Larry Saldann - 84 Blazer - Tahoka, TX

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Thu
23
Aug
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Local schools welcome students back to the classroom

By Jeff Hurt

With the first week of school well underway, local school districts, parents, and students alike are looking forward the 2018-2019 school year. With school events, fall sports, FFA and band, budgets, policies, and the inescapable taxes, it’s a challenge for anyone to keep up, stay connected, and keep informed. Area administrators share a little bit about what’s new this year and how parents can be in the know.

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Thu
23
Aug
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Anonymous benefactor donates $10,000 for public service

By Jeff Hurt

When Stonewall County Attorney Riley Branch proposed the county use a few hundred dollars from court fees to buy materials to offer Narcotics Anonymous meetings, he never would have predicted the search for a building to hold them would create community interest to compel someone to donate $10,000 to the cause.

Outlining a problem within the community he hoped to address, Branch suggested diverting $600 of the $4,000 generated from pretrial funds to purchase supplies and materials needed to host the meetings, enough for about 10 individuals.

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