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June 30 Newscast: Greenville approves municipal tax cut for homestead properties

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Lindsey Wiley
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The city council unanimously approved a 10 percent drop in rates for homeowners who live in their property.

  • In Greenville, homeowners who qualify for a residential homestead status will soon be paying lower property taxes. This week, the Greenville city council voted unanimously to lower tax rates for those homeowners by 10 percent. The residential homestead status can be claimed by all those who live in their property. The Herald Banner quotes Hunt County Chief Appraiser Brent South as saying that a little less than half of the roughly 9,000 single-family properties in Greenville qualify for this exemption.
  • Also Hunt County, law enforcement will be cracking down on businesses that run gambling machines known as “8-liners.” A county ordinance had allowed businesses to offer the machines for their customers if the businesses can prove that half or more of their income comes from food. The purpose of the exemption was to allow restaurants to offer the machines. At this week’s county commissioners meeting, officials said businesses had been using this provision creatively, parking food trucks in front of gaming rooms. Hunt County sheriff Terry Jones recommended this provision be removed, and commissioners did so with a unanimous vote.
  • Greenville police and fire departments are recognizing two local teenagers for saving the lives of two people at the scene of a car accident. On the night of May 5th, Jaidyn Gray and Karmeron Jones came upon the aftermath of a wreck in the 800 block of Commerce Drive in far north Greenville. Two people were lying on the ground near a burning automobile that had overturned in a creek bed. Gray and Jones were able to pull the people to safety before the vehicle exploded.