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Huntsville Mayoral Runoff Election Set for Dec. 12

The Huntsville City Council, at its Nov. 10, special session, voted unanimously to hold the runoff election for the mayor’s race on Saturday, Dec. 12. Early voting will begin Wednesday, Nov. 25,  at the Walker County Annex. The City Council voted to approve an Election Services Contract with Walker County ...

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New Waverly Election Results

In New Waverly, Dan Underwood beat Jurrell Vance in the mayor’s racewith 55.71 percent of the vote. Voters elected Joe Mayrant and Linda Koonce to New Waverly’s City Council. In the New Waverly Independent School District races, Cornelia R. Goffney won Position 5 with 53.11 percent of the vote and ...

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County Voters Turn Down ESD No. 3; Hospital District Gets New Board Member

By County News Today staff Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly turned down a third attempt to establish an Emergency Services District No. 3 in Crabb’s Prairie. The Emergency Services District would have set up an additional tax for residents of the district and established an appointed oversight board to provide equipment ...

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Voters Nix 4B Sales Tax Proposition

By County News Today staff Huntsville voters said no to the City Council’s bid to set up a Type 4B sales tax economic development corporation that would use tax dollars to attract new business and industry and fund ‘quality of life’ infrastructure projects. With all city precincts reporting, 53.58 percent or 1, 429 voted against ...

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Brauninger, Olson in Run-Off for Huntsville’s Mayor

By County News Today staff Andy Brauninger and Keith Olson were the top vote-getters in Tuesday’s election for Huntsville’s mayor and now must face each other in a December run-off. With all of the city’s precinct boxes counted, Brauninger, a retired industry executive and current Huntsville City Council member, won 34.92  percent of the vote ...

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City: Huntsville positioning itself for growth

  The city of Huntsville is getting ready for orderly economic development by cleaning up the city’s development code and progressing with $18 million in projects, including the design of the federal grant-funded Town Creek Drainage Project, said City Manager Matt Benoit at a State of the City presentation Tuesday. ...

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OPINION: Nov. 3 Election is About Higher Taxes

Volt PAC weighs in on the November 2015 election Guest Column by Donna Pinon Go to the polls on Nov. 3 to make some important decisions for Huntsville and Walker County taxpayers — a new Huntsville mayor, two spots on the Walker County Hospital District Board, and two proposals that would ...

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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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