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Setting The Record straight

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A report in the June 18, 2020, edition of The Record stated incorrectly that the city of Canadian was facing a $125 million drop in property values. In fact, property values in Canadian are expected to drop to $125 million in 2020-21, down from just over $130 million in 2019-20. City Manager Joe Jarosek said this year’s $125,841,723 property valuation has not been certified, yet, as some of the property values are still being challenged in protest hearings. We apologize for the error and for any confusion it caused.—LEB
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Early voting begins Monday; election officials step up safety measures at the voting booth

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Early voting in the July 14 Democratic and Republican primary runoff elections begins next Monday, June 29 and continues through Friday, July 10. All early voting ballots in both primaries will be cast at Hemphill County Courthouse, Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm.
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Checklist for Voters

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The following are the minimum recommended health protocols for all voters in Texas. These minimum health protocols are not a limit on the health protocols that individuals may adopt. Individuals are encouraged to adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all Texans.
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Celebrate a different kind of 4th of July in 2020

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The traffic winding into town Saturday may be a bit lighter, and the crowd on 6th Street may be thinner. The Smiley Johnson Band may not rock the courthouse lawn. The parade may be a bit shorter, and that meal that we start grazing on at breakfast, revisit at lunch, and hope still provides leftovers before the evening fireworks start…well, it may just be the old family favorites cooked out on the backyard grill.
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City council faces $125 million drop in property values as it prepares new budget, sets tax rate

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As it begins budget- and tax-rate planning for fiscal year 2020-21, the City of Canadian is grappling with sharp declines in property values, sales tax revenues, and hotel occupancy tax revenues—all of which will impact an already bare-bones budget.
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Council concedes need for written HOT fund policy guide

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Councilwoman Wendie Cook proposed drafting a “clear and concise” policy that could guide the city’s decision-making process for Hotel Occupancy Tax fund requests. City Manager Joe Jarosek acknowledged that the city has no policy now, other than information regarding the disposition of HOT revenues that is included in ordinances.