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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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A REMINDER: Voters 65 and older may register to vote by mail

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Hemphill County/District Clerk office is reminding voters, ages 65 and older, that they are eligible to vote by mail. All they need do is check the box for Annual Application which applies to all of the elections in the calendar year for which they are qualified to vote. There is still time to choose that option for the July 14 primary runoff elections. The deadline to submit an application for a ballot by mail for the July 14 runoff elections is Thursday, July 2.
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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.
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Early voting in primary runoffs begins June 29

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Early voting for the July 14 primary runoff elections will begin on Monday, June 29. On March 20, Gov. Greg Abbott postponed the primary runoff election—originally slated for May 26—until July 14 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In May, he also ordered a one-week extension of early voting in the primary runoff, announcing that it would begin on Monday, June 29, rather than July 6.