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    Sales Tax Holiday  August 5 - 7, 2016

    As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.

    Subject to the criteria explained below, all sales of qualifying items made during the holiday period qualify for the exemption, including items sold online, or by telephone or mail. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.

    The dates for the sales tax holiday are set by the Legislature.

    The “Fine Print” – important information you should know about this tax-saving event

    Clothing and Footwear

    Retailers are not required to collect state and local sales or use tax on most footwear and clothing that are sold for less than $100 during the holiday. Exemption certificates are not required. The exemption applies to each eligible item that sells for less than $100, regardless of how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer. For example, if a customer purchases two shirts for $80 each, then both items qualify for the exemption, even though the customer's total purchase price ($160) exceeds $99.99.

    The exemption does not apply to the first $99.99 of an otherwise eligible item that sells for more than $99.99. For example, if a customer purchases a pair of pants that costs $110, then sales tax is due on the entire $110.

    The exemption also does not apply to sales of special clothing or footwear that the manufacturer primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use and that is not normally worn except when used for the athletic activity or protective use for which the manufacturer designed the article. For example, golf cleats and football pads are primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use and are not normally worn except for those purposes; they do not qualify for the exemption. Tennis shoes, jogging suits and swimsuits, however, are commonly worn for purposes other than athletic activity and thus qualify for the exemption.

    The sales tax holiday exemption does not extend to rental of clothing or footwear; nor does it apply to alteration (including embroidery) or cleaning services performed on clothes and shoes. Additionally, tax is due on sales of accessories, including jewelry, handbags, purses, briefcases, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches and similar items.

    Backpacks

    Backpacks priced under $100 sold for use by elementary and secondary students are exempt during the sales tax holiday. A backpack is a pack with straps one wears on the back. The exemption includes backpacks with wheels, provided they can also be worn on the back like a traditional backpack, and messenger bags.

    The exemption does not include items that are reasonably defined as luggage, briefcases, athletic/duffle/gym bags, computer bags, purses or framed backpacks. Ten or fewer backpacks can be purchased tax-free at one time without providing an exemption certificate to the seller.

    School Supplies

    Texas families also get a sales tax break on most school supplies priced at less than $100 purchased for use by a student in an elementary or secondary school.

    Purchases of School Supplies Using a Business Account

    Persons buying qualifying school supplies during the holiday are not required to provide an exemption certificate – with one exception. If the purchaser is buying the items under a business account, the retailer must obtain an exemption certificate from the purchaser certifying that the items are purchased for use by an elementary or secondary school student. "Under a business account" means the purchaser is using a business credit card or business check rather than a personal credit card or personal check; being billed under a business account maintained at the retailer; or is using a business membership at a retailer that is membership based.

    Layaways and Rainchecks

    Layaways

    A sale of a qualifying item under a layaway plan qualifies for exemption if the customer places the qualifying merchandise on layaway during the holiday or makes the final payment during the holiday. See Rule 3.365(i).

    Rainchecks

    Eligible items that customers purchase during the holiday with use of a rain check qualify for the exemption regardless of when the rain check was issued. However, issuance of a rain check by a seller during the holiday period will not qualify an eligible item for the exemption if the item is actually purchased after the holiday is over even if the rain check is presented at the time of purchase. See Rule 3.365(j).

 

Zika Virus - What You Need to Know

At the May 12th Town Council meeting, Cynthia Steward presented a health education program designed to educate communites with regard to the Zika virus.  Cynthia has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with 11 of those years in the medical/legal area. She returned to college attending Texas Woman’s University in Denton to complete a degree in Health Studies with a focus on community health.

mosquito zikaThe presentation is a small part of a larger group project of student team members Cynthia Steward, Paulina Alas, Par Chin Tial and Taylor Johnson. A small survey was conducted with 276 people responding. 46% of those surveyed did not feel Zika virus was a concern because:

  1. “The mosquito that carries it does not live here.”
  2. “It only affects people in South America.”
  3. “I never get bit by mosquitoes.”
  4. I’m not trying to get pregnant so I don’t need to worry.”
  5. “I don’t know anything about it.”

63% of the survey respondents were between the ages of 20 and 29. Of these, 54% were not concerned about Zika virus. In addition, 63% of the unconcerned 20 to 29 year old group did not know about the Zika virus because they do not watch local news shows and have seen little to no information via social media.

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LandPlan Development

Events

  • 6/8/2016 - Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Presentation
  • 05/12/2016 - Premliminary Plat Approved by Council
  • 05/12/2016 - Public Hearing
  • 04/15/2016 - Preliminary Plat Submitted

Water Plant Expansion

On February 18th, 2016, the Council approved the purchase of surplus water equipment from Mustang Special Utility District. Included in the purchase was a 6,000 gallon pressure tank and a 50,000 gallon water storage tank.

The pressure tank was set in place on May 18th. Over the next several months, the town will be working to complete the installation of the pressure tank as well as transport and install the stoarge tank.

Park Improvements

This spring the Town made some necessary repairs and added new material to the surface. The original swing set was the next item in need of attention. Thank you to Serena Lepley who did the research and coordinated the installation. Next up is more TLC for the equipment including sanding and treating the wood components.

FireSafetyPreparing and Preventing a Home Fire - Steps You Can Take Now

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they're not working, change the batteries.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

Fire Escape Planning

  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home.
  • Make sure everyone knows where to meet outside in case of fire.
  • Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

Cooking Safely

  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Stay in the home while simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food. Check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that food is cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire—like pot holders, towels, plastic and clothing— away from the stove.
  • Keep pets off cooking surfaces and countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner.

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills

  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.
  • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.

Follow Your Escape Plan

  • During a home fire, remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number.
  • If closed doors or handles are warm, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch.
  • Crawl low under smoke.
  • Go to your outside meeting place and then call for help.
  • If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.

Use Caution with Fire Extinguishers

  • Use a portable fire extinguisher ONLY in the following conditions:
  • The fire is confined to a small area, and is not growing.
  • The room is not filled with smoke.
  • Everyone has exited the building.
  • The fire department has been called.

Remember the word PASS when using a fire extinguisher:

P – Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.
A – Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
S – Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
S – Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

ConeMonsterWarmer Temperatures. Vacations. Road construction. Combine heat, driving stress, and long stretches of highway under construction and you have a recipe for extreme driving hazards for motorists and road workers alike.

The Cone Zones are those portions of the highways marked by cones, barrels, and signs where road construction is taking place. Even though they are marked and signposted as areas where motorists must slow down and drive with extra caution, many drivers speed up to get through the construction area as quickly as possible.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) reports that most fatalities occur during the summer and on weekdays. The number one cause of death and injury in highway construction work zones is speeding traffic.

Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, consider the following safety tips when driving through the Cone Zone:

  • Plan ahead and drive an alternative route whenever possible.
  • Watch for the orange and black signs that give warnings and information.
  • Slow down.
  • Pay attention.
  • Don't distract yourself with cell phones, navigation systems or radios.
  • Respect the posted speed limits.
  • Stay alert and increase your following distance behind other vehicles.
  • Slow down.
  • Be patient, cautious, and courteous.
  • Use correct merging techniques when changing lanes.
  • Use your turn signals.
  • Turn on your lights to make your vehicle more visible.
  • Watch for advance warning signs and postings.
  • Respond promptly to flaggers and road workers.
  • Stay in your lane.
  • Be extra cautious near drop offs (they can cause you to lose control).
  • Avoid abrupt driving maneuvers.
  • Expect the unexpected.
  • Turn on your emergency flashers if you must come to a full stop.
  • Never respond to road ragers (give them plenty of space).
  • Give road workers an extra "brake".
  • Above all, slow down.

Remember, traffic fines double in construction work zones when workers are present.

Road and maintenance workers are doing their best to minimize motorist inconvenience. No matter how it seems to the motorist, road workers and flaggers are striving to improve traffic safety conditions, and it is up to the driver to be alert, aware, and responsive. Summer need not signal rising fatality rates on the highways if travelers and workers in the Cone Zone practice care, courtesy, safety and patience. Remember, practice safety, don't learn it by accident.

Source: TXDOT

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Level Green Water Management

Effective May 12th the following summer time water management requirements have been set:

  1. Soaker hoses, drip irrigation, and hand-held watering are permitted at any time.
  2. NO irrigation on any day from 3am - 9am.

Thank you for your cooperation.