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The City of Pine Forest is working with grant consultants o help fund many upcoming or considered projects the city is looking at.
According to the City:
We are working with our grant consultants to secure funding for improvements to City infrastructure. There are many upcoming opportunities that would enable us to make important additions to our current capabilities and also provide means to develop recreational areas/parks and other facilities that would otherwise be unaffordable and/or unattainable. These projects are in the earliest stages of consideration, and we will of course seek additional input from the community as we move forward.
In the meantime, to make this possible we desperately need your prompt response to the attached survey. To pursue these opportunities, we must show that at least 51% of households in Pine Forest are considered low-to-moderate income by HUD’s standards. The survey questionnaire is self-certifying, requests information based on your income only, and does not consider assets. The forms will not be used for any purpose other than grant applications. Please note that there is no identifying information other than your address that is required on the form. Once completed, they will be counted by our grant consultant and included in the project file. Only the totals of low-to-moderate income households vs. non-low-to-moderate income households and basic demographic data (male, female, etc.) will appear in the grant applications.
The first grant application we would like to pursue for which these survey forms are needed is due August 1st. We will therefore need to have the completed forms to our grant consultant on or before July 25th. Please complete one form per household and return to City Hall as soon as you are able. If you are not comfortable with City staff collecting this information on your behalf, please feel free to email your completed form to Melinda Smith of Traylor & Associates, Inc. (our grant consulting firm) at Melinda.firstname.lastname@example.org or by snapping a picture and texting to her at 903-431-0407.
On a related note, you may recall having recently heard Vidor completed the same type of household income survey. Due to their success in gathering these forms, they have been awarded over $20 Million in drainage projects this past year alone. We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to help bring funds to our community as well. These survey forms are vital to the future of our community and we hope you are willing to take just a few minutes of your time to complete the survey form and return to City Hall.
The button below will take you to the survey
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County Tax Office releases updated Trust Property List
The Orange County Tax Office released its updated trust property list.
They are accepting minimum bid amounts only at this time. According to the tax district, if properties do not sell, the may be sold at a reduced amount at our next online tax resale auction in 2024.
Please call for more information. 409-882-7971
August 22nd Regular County Commissioners’ Court Agenda
The Orange County Commissioners’ Court will be holding its regular session on Tuesday at 2 PM in the Commissioners’ Courtroom. It is open to the public.
On the agenda are items such as the 2nd Quarter Tax Abatement Report from CP Chem/Golden Triangle Polymers; a discussion on a resolution nominating a candidate to the Orange County Appraisal District Board of Directors.
Orange County Commissioners’ Court to Hold Public Hearing on Property Tax Increase
The Orange County Commissioners’ Court will be holding a public hearing on a potential increase in property taxes for the 2024 fiscal year.
According to the County, the proposed rate is greater than the “no-new-revenue rate” and is considered a tax increase under the rules adopted by the 86th Texas Legislature. The new proposed rate is $.5220 per $100 (the current rate is $.5320 per $100), the County would need to set the rate at $.4695 per $100 for it not to be considered a tax increase.
Since the new rate does not meet or exceed $.6108 per $100, the county does not need to hold an election to seek voter approval of the rate.
The current rate potentially raised $38,883,176 for 2023 and the new rate will raise $43,130,851. The new rate will also increase the average tax by $74.75 a year in county taxes.
The public hearing will be held Tuesday morning at 10 AM at 123 S 6th Street and is open to the public.
The Court will also discuss the proposed FY2024 Budget