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Council Balks At Tax Rate Increase
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Muleshoe’s city council took no action on a proposed tax rate increase for FY 2014-15 during Monday’s regular meeting.

For the first time in several years, City Manager David Brunson presented a proposed budget for the council’s consideration that included revenues from a proposed three percent tax rate increase along with an increase in water and sewage rates.

According to the city manager, the tax rate increase for a house valued at $100,000 would be $20.31, less than the cost of lunch for a couple at a popular local restaurant.

However, from the beginning of the budget workshop, and Brunson’s presentation concerning the proposed rate increase it was evident from comments from council members present that any vote taken on the issue wouldn’t be unanimous.

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Getting Ready For Some Football
Thursday, August 14, 2014
It may be a bit confusing, but the Muleshoe High School’s varsity team isn’t the only “Mules” getting ready to play some football.

Two members of the Muleshoe Youth Football team, also named the Mules, are pictured above as they square off during practice Monday evening at the East City Park.

Need a way to tell the teams apart? Well, the tiny tykes aren’t currently involved in two-a-days… and won’t be playing in the Benny Douglas Stadium, yet.

(Photograph by Rhea Gonzales)

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Commissioners’ Court Approves Proposed Tax Rate Increase
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Bailey County’s commissioners’ court took the next step necessary in the annual budget process during Monday’s regular meeting by approving a proposed tax rate of 96 cents per $100 in valuation.

The proposed rate for FY2015 includes .7279 cents for the general fund, .1350 for farm to market (roads), and .0971 for the county’s debt service on the Bailey County Law Enforcement Center.

“In a nutshell, we’re going up (about) $60 per year on a $100,000 house… that’s $5 per month,” said County Judge Sherri Harrison.

For a house of the same value last year, the taxes were $899.50 — which was a $73.20 increase from FY2013 when it was $826.30.

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No Growth In Local Sales Tax
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The City of Muleshoe fell to last place among area communities’ percentage of sales tax increase, according to information released by the Texas State Comptroller’s office.

Muleshoe took an 8.91 percent drop in the amount of its August reimbursement, representing $5,763.27 fewer sales tax dollars collected during this period when compared to the same period in 2013.

Interestingly, Littlefield with a 5.68 percent decrease was in ninth place, meaning the two area communities with the largest actual sales tax allocations showed the least increase.

At the top of the allocation list for August was Olton with a 34.48 percent increase, representing $4941.45 in additional sales tax collected.

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Muleshoe Softball Girls Compete
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Muleshoe girls competed in Babe Ruth Regional All Star Tournament in Dumas this past week.
Opening ceremonies were on Tuesday, July 15, and the tournament ran from Wednesday, July 16, through Sunday, July 20.

There were nine teams in the tournament including Muleshoe, DeWitt, Ark., JPRD Louisiana, Heat from Kansas, Pampa, Dalhart, Dumas, Brownfield and Littlefield.
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Advisory Council Takes Oath
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The Muleshoe Youth Advisory Council was took oaths of office during Monday’s regular meeting of the Muleshoe City Council. This is the fifth year the MYAC has been in place. The members include Kayla Preston, Adriana Loya, Jacob Kettner, Cassidy Cage, Lariat Adams, Cristian Mora, MaKenzie Zimmerman, Yavet Elizalde and Blayne Shipman.

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Nichols, Ponder To Wed
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Chelsee Nichols, the daughter of Mike Nichols of Lazbuddie and the late Sherrie Nichols, and Cody Ponder, the son of Joe Ponder and Penni Granat of Amarillo, announce their engagement and upcoming marriage.

The prospective bride is a 2008 graduate of Lazbuddie High School.She is currently attending school at Texas Tech University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in exercise sports science with a minor in education.

The prospective groom is a 2008 graduate of Highland Park High School of Amarillo. He is employed with Lee Lewis Construction out of Lubbock.They will reside in Lubbock.

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Cowart, Harris To Wed
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Barry and JoEllen Cowart of Muleshoe announce the engagement of their daughter, Robin Cowart, to Brice Harris of Tyler.

The prospective bride is a graduate of Muleshoe High School, and Texas A&M University with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and journalism, and Texas Tech University, where she received her elementary teacher certification.

She is currently employed at Muleshoe Vet Labs.

The prospective groom is the son of Kent and Susan Harris.

He is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a bachelor and master of architecture degree.

He is currently employed with Eubanks Harris Roberts Craig Architects Inc.

A wedding date of Oct. 4, 2014, at 5 p.m., has been set at the Muley Point overlook, near Mexican Hat, Utah, with a reception to follow.

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