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City approved $17.8 million levy for 2010

CityOfMission_logo-TransparentMISSION — The Mission City Council approved the Certified 2010 Tax Roll for the city as having a total taxable value over $3.2 million.

The total 2010 tax levy stood at $17.8 million. This was divided into maintenance and operations funds of $14.4 million and interest and sinking funds of $3.4 million. Of that levy, $1.8 million will go to the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone.

Read more: City approved $17.8 million levy for 2010

   

MCISD educators gripe over new grade book program

MCISDlogoMISSION — After weeks of hearing from teachers within the Mission Consolidated Independent School District about problems with accessing and inputting grades and attendance records to a new computer program, administrators and board members said they were displeased to discover educators were still having problems, even after meeting with program officials.

Read more: MCISD educators gripe over new grade book program

   

Peñitas plans to lure new business with sewer upgrades

PEÑITAS — As one of the oldest communities in the country, leaders hope a new wastewater treatment system will bring new families and businesses to the area.

“Peñitas is going to be taking over,” Ray Cedillo, the president of the Peñitas Economic Development Corporation, predicted. “This is a moment in our city’s history that will change the economy.”

Read more: Peñitas plans to lure new business with sewer upgrades

   

Alton works to protect drainage systems

LOGOALTON — Three new ordinances approved here this week aim to protect the city’s storm and drainage system.

On Tuesday, Alton Planning Director Hernan Lugo explained the ordinances were being created statewide to protect the quality of the state’s storm drainage system.

Read more: Alton works to protect drainage systems

   

Judge Ramon Garcia takes the reins ahead of schedule

20101109_Hidalgo-County-Judge-Ceremony_010EDINBURG — Judge Ramon Garcia returned to his old job Tuesday, weeks ahead of schedule after Interim Hidalgo County Judge Rene A. Ramirez resigned.

At Tuesday’s Commissioners’ Court, Garcia was selected to serve as the new interim judge for the remainder of former Judge J.D. Salinas III’s term, which ends Dec. 31.

Read more: Judge Ramon Garcia takes the reins ahead of schedule

   

LJISD discusses improvement plans

LA JOYA — The La Joya Independent School District discussed their 2009 Financial Integrity Rating at a recent board meeting.

The rating system was developed in 2000 and has 21 standards for evaluating a school district’s financial condition. The standards assess the fund balance, asset balance, debts, when reports were filed, clean audit, tax collection rate, district’s academic rating, expenditures per student, cash, investments, administrative costs, ratio of students to teachers, earnings, and other financial related issues.

Read more: LJISD discusses improvement plans

   

SISD discusses construction project delays

20101025_SharylandISD_WalkThrough_CAB_0043MISSION — Administrators with the Sharyland Independent School District reported that renovations at Castleman Gym have been completed while a major renovation at Sharyland High School’s auditorium is behind schedule and won’t be complete until November.

“There’s a couple of little things, but it is pretty much complete,” said Superintendent Scott Owings when asked if the gym was done.

The gym received a new paint job, renovated locker rooms and restrooms, new bleachers, air conditioning and offices, and new wall pads, among other amenities.

Read more: SISD discusses construction project delays

   

Border Patrol agent, foundation leader dies

20101101_EddieVela_Funeral_CAB_0008MISSION — Family, friends and local U.S. Border Patrol agents packed into St. Paul’s Catholic Church on Monday to remember Eduardo “Eddie“ Vela who died last week. He was 33.

Vela died on Oct. 29 after a 15-month battle with a rare and incurable cancer called appendiceal carcinoma. Vela was diagnosed with the cancer on June 25, 2009 after having his appendix removed.

Read more: Border Patrol agent, foundation leader dies

   

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