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Finance ‘Guru’ Talks About ‘Tax Swap’
Thursday, February 11, 2016
School finance “guru” Doug Karr appeared before the Muleshoe Independent School District’s board of trustees Monday to discuss the district’s proposed “tax swap.”

What has been described as a tax swap is actually a rollback election aimed not at raising local taxes but instead shifting numbers with the intent of increasing the amount recaptured from the state.

Karr, who said he was at Presidio when its school district was one of the first in the State of Texas to utilize the finance restructuring method, said the voters’ approval of the proposal would impact the district’s finances in the 2016-17 school year.

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Council Approves Auditor’s Report
Thursday, February 11, 2016
The Muleshoe City Council approved the annual audit report it received from municipal auditor Randall Field during Monday’s regular meeting.

Field described the annual report as being an “unmodified” report, adding that was what the city’s investors wanted also.

The report, which covers the period ending Sept. 30, 2016, included everything the city has except for its water and sewer, which Field noted was prepared separately.

(A change was noted at the city administrators’ table at the beginning of Monday’s city council meeting. Pictured above are City Manager LeAnn Gallman and City Secretary Zanea Carpenter.)

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Court To Look At Renovations
Thursday, February 11, 2016
The Bailey County Commissioners’ Court approved a “gentleman’s agreement” with a representative of McKinstry regarding possible renovations to county buildings, focusing primarily on the courthouse’s heating and air conditioning issues.

Justin Surratt of McKinstry — described as an company engineering and construction firm specializes in designing, building, operating and maintaining structures — spoke of ways the county could fund the courthouse’s needed infrastructure upgrades.

Previously, an energy audit by representatives of another company estimated the heating and air conditioning work for the courthouse would cost about $600,000, which at the time the court acknowledged was well beyond the county’s financial means.

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Rush Hour Wreck
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Local emergency responders were dispatched to the scene of an afternoon accident at the intersection of American Blvd. and First Street involving two pickups which reportedly sent one to the hospital for medical attention. Pictured here, law enforcement officers investigate the accident. Details were not available prior to the Journal’s press deadline.

(Photograph by Larry Thornton)

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