Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs released March sale tax allocation numbers this week reflecting January sales, and Brown County as a whole continued to show an increase in sales.
The City of Early was up a little more than 25%, Bangs grew 11% and Blanket was up more than 132% as compared to the same month last year. Brownwood was very slightly down in sales tax for the month at -1.82%.
Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their March local sales tax allocations totaling $553 million, up 4.1 percent compared to March 2013.
“Sales tax revenue continues its growth streak and has now increased for 47 consecutive months,” Combs said. “Growth in tax collections was seen across all major economic sectors including oil and gas, wholesale trade and the services sector.”
The sales tax figures represent January sales reported by monthly tax filers.
Reports released for the week of March 3-7, 2014 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 13 medical emergencies, 1 fire call, and 3 motor vehicle accidents.
Reports of interest include:
Monday, March 3
*3:13 PM – BFD was dispatched to a two-vehicle accident in the 3000 block of S 377 involving 2 vehicles with no injuries.
*4:59 PM – BFD responded to a single vehicle rollover accident in the 2800 N 279. Firefighters assisted with loading of patient for transport by Guardian EMS ambulance.
Every March, the American Red Cross celebrates Red Cross Month and Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes recognized the occasion Monday with a proclamation.
March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 71 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has made the designation since. The Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years. Everyday heroes lend a hand to those in need in communities across the country. Whether it’s helping disaster victims get on the road to recovery, giving blood to help a hospital patient, stepping forward to assist someone having a heart attack or to save a drowning child, or simply brightening the day of an injured service member who is in a hospital far from home.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Monday, March 10
*8:08 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1600 block of 6th Street regarding criminal mischief. According to the report, an unknown subject had tampered with the gas tanks of two operable vehicles parked at the residence, possibly stealing gas from the vehicles. Based on evidence at the scene, the suspect appeared to have poured a liquid mixed with sugar into the gas tanks of both vehicles, the report states.
*11:44 AM - Brownwood Police were called to Wal-Mart regarding theft. According to the report, two subjects were caught shoplifting several items of store merchandise. Subsequently, 31-year-old Jason Issac Moya of Comanche was charged with theft less than $1500 with two prior convictions and possession of a controlled substance penalty group 3 less than 28 grams. Due to certain circumstances, the other subject was released at the scene and a warrant will be sought for her arrest for theft greater than $50 less than $500.
*3:39 PM – Brownwood Police were called to Wal-Mart regarding theft. According to the report, a male suspect was observed by a store loss prevention employee opening and concealing two packages of golf balls (valued at $44.94) in an attempt to steal the items. The suspect was issued a citation for Class C theft.
The Texas Department of Transportation will host a series of public meetings in late March to encourage public comments on the FY 2015-2018 Rural Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Brownwood District. The public is encouraged to offer input on area transportation plans.
A TIP is a capital improvement program developed by local and state transportation agencies. It includes a list of transportation projects that are drawn from a long-range statewide plan. The TIP serves as a short-term programming document that lists approximately four years of funded transportation projects.
Meetings for the Brownwood District will be hosted at the following locations and times:
10 a.m. March 26: Connellee Hotel West Room, 209 W. Main Street, Eastland,
Texas 76448. This meeting will cover projects in Comanche, Eastland and
10 a.m. March 27: Hostess House Meeting Room, 1406 U.S. 281 South
(intersection of US 281 and US 190 at Hancock Park), Lampasas, Texas 76550.
This meeting will cover projects in Lampasas, Mills and San Saba Counties.
10 a.m. March 28: Adams Street Community Center, 511 East Adams, Brownwood,
Texas 76801. This meeting will cover projects in Brown, Coleman and
United States Congressman K. Michael Conaway invites area high school students interested in attending a military service academy to an “Academy Day” event on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in San Angelo. School faculty, counselors, and parents are also encouraged to attend.
Academy Liaison Officers, ROTC Representatives and others will be on hand to meet with prospective students and their families. The “Academy Day” program will feature information about the nomination process involved in securing academy appointments.
Students who reside in the 11th Congressional District are encouraged to submit their applications in the spring of their junior year of high school to Congressman Conaway at his San Angelo Regional Office, 33 East Twohig, Suite 307, San Angelo, Texas, 76903. Deadline for completed applications to be received for the Class of 2019 (entering the Academy – Summer of 2015 ) will be October 22, 2014.
The Brown County Republican Women’s club will host their monthly luncheon this Friday, March 14th at the Brownwood Country Club starting at 11:30 AM.
This month’s presentation will be given by Michelle Smith, State Director for the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
The group is the nation's largest public policy women's organization with a rich 30-year history of helping members across the country and brings Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.
Caring for America Committee is asking members to bring plastic bags (Wal-Mart, Kroger, etc.) to donate to Good Samaritan Ministries.
You do not have to be a member of Brown County Republican Woman to attend the luncheon. Cost of the luncheon is $12 per person to be paid at the door.
The Brownwood City Council amended and approved an ordinance Monday to allow a longer stay for some at area RV parks.
The Council passed the amended ordinance on first reading two weeks ago, but after feedback from the public at Monday’s meeting and discussion from the council members during the meeting, the Council further amended and passed a new revision in a unanimous vote.
In the newly approved and amended ordinance, new RV parks in the city will have half of their spaces designated for a maximum length of stay in park of 180 days and the other half 90 days. This will include a 15 day wait before customers are able to stay in the park again.
The ordinance became an issue as local RV parks have filled up with not only vacationers but also temporary residents brought to the area by jobs such as those related to construction of the BridgeTex Pipeline and temporary medical positions.
Developer Ross Setzler is purchasing the “Banks of the Bayou” Subdivision to develop a new RV park, an approximately 3 acre property just on the edge of Riverside Park. In order to set up the infrastructure of this RV Park, Setzler needed to have the property rezoned from R1B Patio Home Residential District to C1 Local Business District, which the council approved in a previous vote as they considered the new restrictions on new RV parks.
Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes said that he was not in favor of this new provision and preferred a 90 day limit, but wanted to see a compromise reached so Setzler could move forward with his plan for development.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, March 10, 2014.
Friday, March 7
*10:35 AM – Early Police Officer Stephanie Brown observed a vehicle with an expired registration; however, before Officer Brown could get the vehicle stopped, it pulled into a convenience store in the 900 block of Early Blvd. According to the report, a male exited the vehicle and began walking down the street. Officer Brown stopped the male to question him and he acted very nervous while providing a name and date of birth, the report states. No record was found for the name given. When the individual had difficultly spelling his last name, Officer Brown questioned him further and he admitted his name was actually 26-year-old Rodney Shane Howard, the report states. Howard’s name was found to have some outstanding warrants for his arrest, according to the report. Howard was placed under arrest for two warrants related to no driver’s license and failure to appear, the report states. He was also found to have several items of drug paraphernalia in his pockets and several baggies containing a small amount of methamphetamines and some prescription medication for which he had no prescription, the report states. Subsequently, Howard was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram, possession of a controlled substance penalty group 3 less than 28 grams, and failure to identify. Howard is being held in the Brown County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $10,000.
*3:36 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft. According to the report, a suspect was identified and issued a citation for theft less than $50 and issued a trespass warning for the store.