Announcements/Notices

Booth registrations will be open to the public beginning Monday, August 29, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. for the 2016 HOLIDAY IN THE PARK festival.  The event will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016.  Registration packets may be obtained here.

You may now pay your garbage bill and apply and pay for building permits on-line!  Click on the “ON-LINE PAYMENTS” tab on the top of the home page and follow the instructions from there.

The next meeting of the West Orange City Council has been scheduled for Monday, September 12, 2016, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the West Orange Community Center.  The proposed budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year will be presented for vote during that meeting, as well as the proposed ad valorem tax rate for 2016.  To see a copy of the proposed budget, click here. To see the agenda, click here.

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NOTICE OF 2016 TAX YEAR
PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX RATE
FOR
THE CITY OF WEST ORANGE, TEXAS

A tax rate of $0.4250 per $100 valuation has been proposed for adoption by the governing body of the City of West Orange, Texas. This rate exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate, and state law requires that two public hearings be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate.

The governing body of the City of West Orange, Texas proposes to use revenue attributable to the tax rate increase for the purpose of assisting in covering a portion of the costs of unfunded state and federal mandates.

PROPOSED TAX RATE                     $ 0.42500 per $100
PRECEDING YEAR’S TAX RATE    $ 0.42500 per $100
EFFECTIVE TAX RATE                     $ 0.42454 per $100
ROLLBACK TAX RATE                      $ 0.45850 per $100

The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for the City of West Orange, Texas from the same properties in both the 2015 tax year and the 2016 tax year.

The rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate that the City of West Orange, Texas may adopt before voters are entitled to petition for an election to limit the rate that may be approved to the rollback rate.

YOUR TAXES OWED UNDER ANY OF THE ABOVE RATES CAN BE CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS:
property tax amount = (rate) x (taxable value of your property) / 100

For assistance or detailed information about tax calculations, please contact:
Lynda Gunstream
Orange County Tax Assessor-Collector
P.O. Box 1568; Orange, TX 77631-1568
409-882-7971
lgunstream@co.orange.tx.us

You are urged to attend and express your views at the following public hearings on the proposed tax rate:
First Hearing: Thursday, August 25, 2016; 5:00 p.m. at West Orange Community Center
Second Hearing: Monday, August 29, 2016; 5:00 p.m. at West Orange Community Center

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For helpful information on recovering from the recent flood, click here for vital information provided by TEXAS REBUILDS, Community Development & Revitalization. (Once on the webpage, click on the “Housing” tab on the left side of the page, then “Homeowner Recovery.”) 

Also, this checklist  provides important steps to follow during the disaster recovery process.

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CITY ADOPTS 2015-16 BUDGET AND TAX RATE:  To see a copy of the budget and tax rate adopted by the City Council at the September 8, 2015 meeting, click here.  

At its Monday, April 13, 2015 meeting, the WO City Council adopted a new ordinance that establishes requirements for residential rental property to be registered and inspected annually.  To see this ORDINANCE in its entirety, click here.    For a copy of the RENTAL REGISTRATION/INSPECTION APPLICATION, click here.

Also at this meeting, the City’s Ordinance which regulates garbage disposal was amended.  To see the newly-revised ORDINANCE, click here.   For a copy of the APPLICATION FOR SOLID WASTE PICKUP SERVICES, click here.

The West Orange Volunteer Fire Department is now seeking applicants for membership in the department. Interested individuals must be at least 18 years of age, be of good moral character, live within 5 miles of the city limits of West Orange and have a valid Texas driver’s license. Applicants must be willing to commit time to the department and the City by faithfully attending and participating in drills and various training sessions. Applications are available at West Orange City Hall, 2700 Western Avenue, West Orange, Texas or click here.

Community Center rental information is available here. 

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT On July 25, 2011 at a legally held, open session, regular council meeting, the City of West Orange City Council appointed the following members to the “Fair Housing Activity Statement – Texas” (FHAST) Work Group:

Group One members include (2): Council Member Shirley Bonnin Director of Public Works Michael Stelly.    Group Two members include (3): Protected class member Billie Trahan,  Affordable Housing provider Don Kreymer,  School District Member Ruth Hancock.

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