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The Town Hall Meeting That Wasn’t

At Tuesday night’s Huntsville Town Hall Meeting, confusion took center stage. Several dozen citizenes arrived for what they believed would be a discussion of the proposed 4B Economic Development Corporation that will be on the ballot in the November election.  The Agenda posted listed “public discussion” of the matter at least twice; ...

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TDCJ Director Wins Award

Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston Wins Award as Outstanding Corrections Director in the Nation   On September 26, 2015, the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) honored Brad Livingston, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), as the 2015 Outstanding Director of Corrections ...

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City Council OKs effective tax rate, 7.5% pay hike for city employees

The Huntsville City Council agreed in a split vote Tuesday night to maintain the “effective tax rate” for city taxpayers — that is, the rate that would generate the same amount of property tax revenue this year over last year while not raising the tax bill of the average city ...

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Former Commissioner Warren Dies

Former Walker County Commissioner Bobby Warren died on Wednesday evening. Mr. Warren was first elected to the office of Pct 3 Commissioner in 2009 where he served as the until his resignation in April of this year. Mr. Warren resigned from office shortly after his arrest and conviction for DWI in Montgomery ...

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Huntsville Citizens Protest Higher Taxes, Pay Hike at Public Hearing

Huntsville residents speak out against proposed property tax increase and pay raise for city employees.   For the second Huntsville City Council Meeting in a row, citizens showed up at City Hall Tuesday night to protest the City’s proposed 7% property tax increase and the proposed 7.5% pay increase for the City ...

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Barrett Files to Run for Huntsville Mayor

Dr. Wayne Barrett, long-time Huntsville resident and former city councilman, has filed to run for Mayor of Huntsville in the November 3, 2015 election. Barrett has the following to say about his decision to run: “I love our city—it is a great place to live, and it is the people ...

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Governor Abbott Appoints Fordyce To Texas Board of Criminal Justice

Governor Abbott Names Chair And Appoints Three To Texas Board of Criminal Justice   Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed and named Dale Wainwright as Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. Governor Abbott additionally appointed Tom G. Fordyce ...

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Four File for Huntsville Mayor’s Race; Ward Positions Unopposed

At 5 p.m. on Monday, August 24, the filing period closed for the November 3, 2015 City of Huntsville General Election. The current Councilmembers for each of the City’s four wards are unopposed – Joe Emmett, Ward 1; Tish Humphrey, Ward 2; Ronald Allen, Ward 3; Joe Rodriquez, Ward 4. ...

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Rep Kevin Brady Visits Huntsville

U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX 8thDistrict) made several stops in Huntsville on Monday. He met with the Walker County Republican Women during their lunchtime meeting then proceeded to the Veteran’s Musuem where he met with local veterans. Rep. Brady rounded out his visit with an evening Town Hall meeting sponsored by ...

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How Much Are Huntsville City Employees Paid?

A look at compensation City of Huntsville employees receive   In a recent article we reviewed some of the budget proposals in a Huntsville City Council Workshop.  One of the proposals was a 7.5% pay increase for all City employees.  That article prompted several of our readers to ask just how ...

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