County eyes reduced tax rate for growing budget

Wise County Judge J.D. Clark brought the county’s proposed FY 2024 budget before commissioners Monday.  The county is proposing a 26.5 cent per $100 valuation tax rate to fund its upcoming budget. Of the rate, 22 cents is designated to the general fund and 4.5 cents for the county’s road and bridge fund. The property tax rate would generate $30 […]

Decatur council reviews proposed tax rate, budget

The Decatur City Council got their first look at the 2023-24 proposed budget Monday night, as well as the city’s plan to decrease the property tax rate by 6 cents. Decatur City Manager Nate Mara brought a proposed tax rate of 58.11 cents per $100 of valuation to the council to fund the proposed budget. The current tax rate is […]

Bridgeport ISD calls $145 million bond

After voters shut down Bridgeport ISD’s $185 million, single-proposition bond in the May election, officials from the district are visiting the issue once again. The BISD Board of Trustees called a $145 million, multi-proposition bond election at their meeting Monday night. The item was unanimously passed by the board, and will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot. The multi-proposition referendum includes: […]

County activates 90-day burn ban

FREE Outdoor burning prohibited due to wildfire threat

Wise County commissioners approved a 90-day burn ban Monday, replacing the previous, weather-based ban as drought conditions worsen in the region. Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty recommended the 90-day burn ban to the commissioners court, which prohibits all outdoor burning. The new ban will prohibit burning for 90 days, or until it is rescinded. The previous ban prohibited outdoor burning on […]

Update for Monday, August 14, 2023

1 KILLED IN FRIDAY WRECK — One person was killed in a two-vehicle wreck Friday near Cottondale, but their identity remains unidentified, according to law enforcement. Sgt. Tony De La Cerda, spokesperson with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the wreck happened at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Farm Roads 51 and 2123 and involved a 2011 International Box Truck and a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle. “Preliminary investigation indicates (the box truck) was traveling eastbound on FM 2123 crossing the intersection at FM 51, and (the motorcycle) was traveling northbound on FM 51 crossing the intersection at FM 2123, when (the motorcycle) struck (the box truck). The driver of (the motorcycle) was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Kim Redman,” De La Cerda said. The driver of the box truck, identified as 50-year-old Little Elm resident Demond Cortez Nettles, was not injured. The operator of the motorcycle has not yet been identified, according to De La Cerda.