Sunday, May 19 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:58:26 GMT
Source: Louisiana State Police
Authorities are urging motorists to avoid I-10 West and East bound at mile marker 25 due to a tanker truck on fire. Fire crews are still working to extinguish flames on an 18-wheel oil tanker. LouisianaMore >>
Louisiana State Police is investigating an oil tanker tractor fire on Interstate 10 that caused major traffic delays Sunday afternoon. More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:05:04 GMT
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local governmentMore >>
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five-parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local government and the political scene.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:55 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:55:58 GMT
An arrest has been made in the 1962 death of Mary Horton Vail. Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962, her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident. TheMore >>
Mary Horton Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962. Her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:17 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:17:04 GMT
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case. On May 17, 2005, 28-year-old Loretta Chaisson Lewis went missing. Three days later, her body was found floatingMore >>
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 5:47 PM EDT2013-05-17 21:47:38 GMT
More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18,More >>
More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Burton Coliseum.More >>
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
Tyler property owners may soon have something to smile about - a lower tax rate.
The city of Tyler unveiled its proposed 2012-2013 budget Wednesday morning and announced that it is planning to decrease the city's property tax rate.
The city is proposing to decrease the property tax rate by $.0012, to 20.77 cents per $100 valuation down from 20.89 cents last year.
The property tax rate has decreased more than 60 percent since 1994, down from 53.36 cents to the proposed 20.77 cents.
The city said higher taxable values have allowed the city to slightly decrease next year's property tax rate.
The city expects to collect $14.22 million in property tax revenues next year.
City officials met with members of KLTV's news and management teams Tuesday afternoon to discuss the proposed budget.
Overall, the total proposed budget is $96 million dollars, a three percent increase from the 2011-12 proposed budget of $93.5 million.
The city is not planning for any fee adjustments in the general fund, which is primarily funded by sales and property tax revenue.
A two percent rate increase for water service and a seven percent rate increase for sewer service is proposed to pay for more than $6 million in plant and sewer collection improvements.
No increase in Solid Waste fees is proposed.
Since 2009, the city says it has saved $2.4 million by participating in a Lean Sigma program.
"Lean Sigma helps identify the waste and variation that occurs in everyday processes," said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass. "the program provides a structured approach for improving efficiency - which saves both time and money."
The city plans to employee 757 full-time employees next year, down from 824 employees in 2009.
In next year's budget, sworn personnel will receive a 3 percent pay adjustment and civilian employees will be eligible for a 0 to 3 percent pay raise based on productivity.
City employees may also be required to contribute more to their health insurance and dental premiums. The city is also proposing to cap its contribution for over-65 Medicare-eligible retirees who elect to retain their supplemental health and drug card benefits.
The public will have the opportunity to give input on the budget by attending one of two meetings at Tyler City Hall, on August 22 or September 12 at 9 a.m.
The final budget for the 2012-13 budget year will be adopted on September 12.
You can review the city's proposed budget and the presentation given at Tuesday's city council meeting.
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:51 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:51:29 GMT
DPS officials confirm that one person is dead following an accident involving a motorcycle and an 18-wheeler .Authorities say the accident happened near the intersection of County Road 2142 and County RoadMore >>
DPS officials confirm that one person is dead following an accident involving a motorcycle and an 18-wheeler.More >>
Tuesday, May 14 2013 10:46 PM EDT2013-05-15 02:46:58 GMT
A Henderson County home was gutted by fire on Tuesday night.Volunteer fire crews from Brownsboro, Chandler, and Dixie responded to a home in the 600 block of Hamilton Boulevard in Chandler around 6:30More >>
Multiple fire crews respond to Tuesday evening fire.More >>
Tuesday, May 14 2013 7:11 PM EDT2013-05-14 23:11:18 GMT
Two East Texas women have been arrested for plotting to kill a peace officer.According to Harrison County Sheriff's Office, Amanda Smith and Sydney Brook Side were arrested and charged with solicitationMore >>
Two East Texas women have been arrested for plotting to kill a peace officer.More >>
Saturday, May 11 2013 9:20 PM EDT2013-05-12 01:20:29 GMT
A run-off election will be needed to decided who will take the seat of Mayor in the city of Jacksonville.The current mayor, Kenneth Melvin took home 389 votes (41%), while Rob Gowin took home 426 (44%)More >>
A run-off election will be needed to decided who will take the seat of Mayor in the city of Jacksonville.More >>