Brownwood Calls for Public Vote to Convert EDC

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallBrownwood City Council took the first step in converting the Brownwood Economic Development Corporation from a type A to a Municipal Development District (MDD) at Tuesday's city council meeting.

Council voted unanimously to order a special election in the City of Brownwood, to be held on May 7, 2016, for the purpose of submitting a proposition to qualified voters in the city to terminate the Brownwood Economic Development Corporation (Type A) and the abolition of its sales and use tax (used for promotion and development of new and expanded business enterprises) currently at the rate of one-half percent, and concurrently authorizing the creation of the City of Brownwood Municipal Development District with the imposition of a sales and use tax within the incorporated city limits at the rate of one-half percent for the purpose of financing development projects beneficial to the district.

According to City Manager Emily Crawford, conversion of the BEDC from a Type A to a MDD has been discussed for several years by the EDC Board of Directors, staff and mayor.  It also is included in the BEDC’s strategic plan.  At their January 19th meeting, the BEDC Board recommended to the city council to call a city election to transition from the type A economic development corporation to either a type B economic development organization or a municipal development district, determined by the council.

City staff and the mayor have studied both options and recommended an MDD, which provides the most options for economic development projects and which can be administered very similarly to the existing type A.  An MDD can fund all the projects that a type A EDC can fund (primarily the creation or retention of primary jobs related to industrial and manufacturing), plus all the projects that a type B EDC can fund, which is all type A projects plus certain community projects, such as parks convention facilities, affordable housing, and etc. along with retail projects and a civic center hotel.

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Republican Primary Candidate Forum to be Held Feb. 4th

RepublicanPartyTXThere will be a “Get to Know Your Primary Candidates” Forum at Victory Life Church, located at 901 CC Woodson Road in Brownwood, Thursday, February 4, 2016.  The forum will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. and will last until approximately 9:00 p.m.   Please note the change in location.

Candidates of contested races in Brown County will offer a few minutes of introduction and then answer written questions selected in advance.  If time allows, additional questions will be selected from those submitted in writing by the audience.

Please submit any question for any of the positions and candidates listed below, via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or in writing at the forum.  Questions will be screened to insure they are applicable to the issues concerning that position.

County Commissioner, PCT 1: (Incumbent) Gary Worley, Tommy Blevins, Robert W. “Bob" Contreras, and Jimmy Trowbridge.
County Commissioner, PCT 3: (Incumbent) Wayne Shaw, Pat McLaughlin, and Jessica Acker.
State Representative, District 60: Mike Lang and Kevin Downing.
State Senator, District 24: Susan King, Jon Cobb, Ryan Downton, Dawn Buckingham, Reed Williams and Brent Mayes.
Brown County Sheriff: Billy Bloom, Vance Hill, and Dr. Paul Lilly.
District Attorney, 35th Judicial District: (Incumbent) Micheal Murray, and Bill Ruth.

Any attending candidates of local non-contested races will be recognized.

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Ryan Downtown to Speak at PVRW Luncheon January 28th

RyanDowntonThe Pecan Valley Republican Women’s Club will host their monthly luncheon and meeting on Thursday January 28th at 11:30 am at the Brownwood Country Club.  The public is encouraged to attend.  The meeting will begin at noon and will conclude at approximately 12:50 p.m.

Guest speaker Ryan Downton is a Republican candidate for Texas’ 24th Senatorial District. He currently serves as the President of Little River Health Care in Temple, Texas.

Ryan earned an academic scholarship to Vanderbilt University.  He graduated magna cum laude and earned his MBA in finance as the youngest graduate in the history of Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management. Subsequently, the University of Texas School of Law awarded Ryan an academic scholarship where he earned his JD and graduated with honors.

Ryan has also served the people of Texas as General Counsel to the Texas House of Representatives. Most recently, Ryan fought for the legislatively passed Republican redistricting maps in trials in San Antonio, Washington, D.C. and before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 1/25

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, January 25, 2016.

Wednesday, January 20

*1:58 PM – Brownwood Police received a request to file a report on a local sex offender for failure to register annually.

Thursday January 21

*8:00 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy spoke with a complainant who stated his neighbor and an unknown male had driven across his property in a motor vehicle.  According to the report, the two suspects were identified and issued criminal trespass-habitation warnings and the incident documented.

Friday, January 22

*3:10 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding the criminal trespass of a habitation that occurred in the 1300 block of Brady Avenue.

*7:50 PM – Brownwood Police were called to a convenience store in the 900 block of Lillie Kimble Street regarding an assault.  According to the report, the victim stated that her boyfriend had choked her and punched her in the head.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

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City of Brownwood Reminds Candidates of City Restrictions Regarding Political Signs

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallCity of Brownwood officials released the following information regarding city ordinances pertaining to political signs.

During this year’s Campaign and Election time, The City of Brownwood would like to make everyone aware of the City’s restrictions relative to the placement of political signs as listed in the Sign Ordinance, Chapter 90 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Brownwood.

  • In no instance shall a sign extend into the right-of-way of any State or City maintained street or highway. In the past there has been numerous violations of political signs being placed in the right-of-ways. Typically, the City or State ROW is at least ten feet behind the curb.
  • No pole, post or standard used to support any sign shall be set in or upon any sidewalk, street or other public property.
  • Freestanding signs shall maintain a setback of ten feet from the curb line or zero feet from the property line, whichever is greater.
  • Candidates should get permission from the property owner before placing any signs.
  • Do not attach signs to any utility, traffic sign, or signal poles. Size of signs shall not exceed four (4) square feet each in residential districts.

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Brownwood and Early Continue to See Sales Tax Revenue Growth

comptrollerlogo2Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar released sales tax allocation numbers for January which showed an increase in sales tax collections in Brown County cities of Brownwood and Early.

The growth in allocations for Brownwood and Early remain in a positive growth pattern for the year to date numbers as well.  Cities of Bangs and Blanket slipped slightly this past month as compared to December of 2014.  The largest increases in allocations were paid to Brownwood and Early with increased allocations of 14.25% and 14.35%respectively.

The sales tax figures are based on sales made in November by businesses that report tax monthly.

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Brownwood Mayor Addresses Rumors Regarding Water Sales

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallThe City of Brownwood released the following information regarding a story aired and published by an Abilene television station earlier this week.

On Wednesday, January 20, an Abilene television station aired a story in its broadcast and published an article on social media that contained numerous inaccurate and misleading statements concerning Lake Brownwood, according to Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes.

“The story created the impression that the City will be selling water outside of Brownwood,” said Mayor Haynes.  “This simply is not true.  The City of Brownwood lifted water restrictions in June of 2015, when Lake Brownwood reached capacity.  Otherwise, there has been no change in our policy.  Certainly, we have no intention of selling water outside of our community,” said Haynes.

The broadcast began with the statement, “The Mayor wants to sell water from Lake Brownwood, something they haven’t done in years.  This is false on multiple levels,” said Haynes.  “First, I have no unilateral plan for water sales.  In fact, I have no control over the water in Lake Brownwood.  Any decision regarding whether to sell water belongs exclusively to the Brown County Water Improvement District,” Haynes remarked.  “Additionally,” he added, “it is simply untrue to claim that water has not been sold from the lake in years.”

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Law Enforcement Blotter 1/22

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, January 22, 2016.

Thursday January 21

*8:45 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2100 block of 13th Street regarding the burglary of a habitation.  According to the report, two firearms were stolen from the residence.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

*1:48 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 3100 block of Asbury regarding three suspicious males in a vehicle.  According to the report, this call led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 20-year-old Forrist Lee Pierce of Brownwood, for driving while license invalid with previous conviction.

*3:07 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding an assault by threat.  According to the victim, an acquaintance had threatened him.

*3:17 PM – Brownwood Police responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of 3rd Street and Avenue E.  According to the report, this call led to the arrest of one of the drivers, identified as Rosetta Ivery of Brownwood for driving while license invalid with previous conviction.

*6:53 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1100 block of Victoria Street regarding an assault.  According to the report, an investigation is ongoing.

*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched regarding Credit Card Abuse.  According to the report, the victim reported a charge, which had been made on his credit card in the amount of $1200, at an Apple online store by using his credit card number.

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Young Father Indicted in Infant Death

BPDpatchSmallBrownwood Police are investigating the death of an infant child which occurred on December 13, 2015 in Brownwood.  The following information was released by Assistant Chief of Police James Fuller Friday afternoon.

On Sunday, December 13, 2015, officers with the Brownwood Police Department were dispatched to the Brownwood Regional Medical Center regarding a report of a female infant not breathing.  Prior to the police being notified, the infant was driven to the emergency room by family members who reported that they discovered her not breathing while at home.  Attempts to revive the infant were unsuccessful and she was pronounced deceased at approximately 1612hrs (4:12 PM).  The infant was then transported to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office in Fort Worth for an autopsy.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 1/21

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, January 21, 2016.

Tuesday, January 19

*10:41 A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the AT&T cell tower, located on Oak Hill Road in Brookesmith, TX, regarding the theft of copper wire.  According to the report, the deputy learned that approximately 3-runs of 24-strand copper wiring had been cut from the cell tower site and removed.

Wednesday, January 20

*7:56 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met with a complainant/victim who stated her renter had stolen her debit card and used it without her consent.  The victim wishes to pursue criminal charges and the incident has been documented, the report states.

*12:17 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1800 block of 8th Street regarding an assault.  According to the report, a female victim had allegedly been assaulted by her ex-husband.

*2:10 PM – While the Brownwood High School resource officer was on duty, he was called outside of the building where he was told that a student was “just thrown down.”  According to the report, the officer came out of his office to investigate and observed one juvenile male sitting on the ground leaning backward on his hands.  During the investigation the officer also saw another juvenile male kick the other male, who was sitting on the ground, in the neck.  The suspect juvenile was taken into custody for assault, processed at Brownwood Police Department and then taken to the juvenile detention center.

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