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Sullivan City plans to increase property tax rate

The Sullivan City Council plans to increase the property tax rate by about 3% in late September. Mayor Alma Salinas and the City Council discussed the proposed tax hike on Tuesday afternoon. “I think our community members will understand,” Salinas said. “And they can see that we’ve invested in our community.” Salinas, City Councilman Rene…

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La Joya ISD welcomes new school board trustee

A former union organizer joined the La Joya school board on Wednesday. State Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr. administered the oath of office to former American Federation of Teachers representative Juan Jose “J.J.” Luna, 66, of La Joya during a meeting on Wednesday afternoon. “For 18 years, I sat out there,” Luna said, gesturing toward the…

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Agua SUD cancels uncontested elections

The Agua Special Utility District canceled two uncontested elections last week. Agua SUD canceled the elections for District 5 and District 6 during a utility board meeting on Sept. 2. Two other races — District 4 and District 7 — remain on the November ballot. “Pursuant to Sections 144.005 and 146.054 of the Texas Election…

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Pharr plans to shut down RGV Angel Flight in mid-September

The city of Pharr plans to shut down RGV Angel Flight — a helicopter that responds to emergency medical calls in Hidalgo County — on Sept. 15. Pharr announced the decision Thursday in a memo distributed to local governments by the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council. “The operation of a rotor-wing service is truly…

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La Joya ISD asks former union organizer to join school board

The La Joya Independent School District invited a former union organizer to join the school board on Wednesday. Trustees voted 6-0 to appoint Juan Jose “J.J.” Luna, 66, of La Joya to school board Place 6 during a meeting on Wednesday night. “It’s an honor to be considered,” Luna said. “And to be appointed.” Place…

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