2022-07-29

Update for Friday July 29, 2022

VALUES JUMP BY 28 PERCENT — Wise County added a record $378 million in new construction to the tax rolls. The record amount pushed the overall value for all properties in the county to $11.5 billion, according to the certified property values released this week by the Wise County Appraisal District. Overall, the county’s tax roll grew by 28.47 percent. The record new construction will represent $335 million in new taxable values after homestead exemptions, according to Chief Appraiser Mickey Hand. The total of new construction was an increase of $112 million from last year’s record of $266.5 million of new additions. “New construction for 2021 countywide came in at record level of $378 million with $335 million of that being taxable,” Hand said. Taxpayers will see their properties rise. The average home value countywide increased from $218,628 to $292,730.

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Fire destroys home

BRIDGEPORT


Fire destroyed a mobile home in the 100 block of County Road 1304 in Bridgeport Wednesday night. The fire was reported just before 6 p.m. and the residence was fully involved as firefighters from several departments arrived on scene. Multiple residents, including children, were inside at the time of the fire but escaped the home safely, said Wise County Fire […]

Chaplain program to impact officers

RHOME


Rhome Police Department has formed a new chaplain program to support officers and residents. Tasked with the responsibility of offering spiritual guidance to the department’s members, Pastor Heath VanZandt was recently named police chaplain. “We had been working on this for a few months, because when you build a relationship with a pastor and spiritual advisor, it can really pay […]

Values jump by 28 percent

Tax roll tops $11.5B


Wise County added a record $378 million in new construction to the tax rolls. The record amount pushed the overall value for all properties in the county to $11.5 billion, according to the certified property values released this week by the Wise County Central Appraisal District. Overall, the county’s tax roll grew by 28.47 percent. The record new construction will […]

County takes first steps on project

WISE COUNTY


Moments after the Texas Historical Commission approved the $5.2 million grant for the restoration of the Wise County Courthouse Tuesday, the wheels started turning to get the project off the ground. The county will look to execute its funding agreement with the Texas Historical Commission (THC) by the end of August. After the agreement is met, the county will begin […]

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Paradise to lead firefighter association

WISE COUNTY


Wise County fire departments are all seeing a drastic increase in call volumes as the county continues to grow. The fire departments are also working with less volunteers and available funds stretched thin after some fundraisers were canceled during 2020 and 2021 by COVID-19. “What a lot of departments are dealing with is call volume is outpacing the revenue streams,” […]

Firefighter remains in hospital

NEWARK


The Newark firefighter who had a heart attack after battling a grassfire remains in serious condition as of Thursday. Rusty Peace, 41, suffered a setback Wednesday and was transferred to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. “We were notified early in the morning that his heart had stopped and they had performed CPR and had to shock him to get […]

Courthouse grant represents significant moment for county

All Around Wise


In an Austin hotel, the Texas Historical Commission discussed the Alamo and the Wise County courthouse in the same breath. After hearing an update on the Alamo master plan, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) invested $5.2 million toward the future of Wise County’s historic courthouse, naming Wise County a recipient of its courthouse preservation grant. Wise County officials, and the […]