Results of Local Bond Elections

With Saturday's Election Day behind us, we encourage you to visit the Texas Comptroller's website to view recent local bond election results.

Dating back to May 2013, the Bond Election Results table allows users to explore results by date, county, entity, dollar amount, purpose, proposition number and approved or denied status, making it easy to review bond elections in specific regions or across the entire state.

One of this agency's goals is to keep citizens informed about public finance activities within the state, and tools such as our Bond Election Roundup and Debt at a Glance contribute to establishing and maintaining trust with the public by consolidating this information. If you have any questions about these resources, please contact the Comptroller’s Transparency Team by email or call 844-519-5676.


Readout of Administrator Brock Long’s Tour for Hurricane Preparedness Week

WASHINGTON – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long spent Hurricane Preparedness Week meeting with stakeholders in preparation for the 2018 Hurricane Season.  After the unprecedented 2017 Hurricane Season, FEMA and its partners continue to urge communities, businesses and residents in potentially affected areas to prepare now.

Beginning in Beaumont, Texas, Administrator Long participated in a Hurricane Awareness Event with Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief W. Nim Kidd; NOAA National Hurricane Center Director, Ken Graham; NOAA Weather Prediction Center Director David Novak; and Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick. The Administrator then met with Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Chief Operating Officer Reed Clay and Chief Kidd to discuss the status of recovery in Texas. Administrator Long then met with local first responders at Lamar University for a discussion on response operations during Hurricane Harvey.

Before departing Texas, Administrator Long held a townhall meeting with FEMA employees at the Beaumont branch office.

Kicking off the next leg of the Hurricane Awareness Event, Governor John Bel Edwards, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell joined Administrator Long and National Hurricane Center Officials in a public awareness event in Baton Rouge. The Administrator then met with the Governor’s Unified Command Group, including representatives from Louisiana State Police, National Guard, Wildlife and Fishery, Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Transportation and Development, Children and Family Services, Department of Health, and local emergency management officials. The discussion centered around state and local preparations for the 2018 hurricane season and the partnerships between all levels of government.

He closed his visit with a FEMA townhall meeting at the Louisiana Recovery Office in Baton Rouge.

For more information on how you can prepare for hurricane season visit and download the FEMA App.

Sales Tax Holidays for Water-Efficient and ENERGY STAR® products set for May 26-28

(AUSTIN) — Texas families and businesses can save on the purchase of certain water- and energy-efficient products during the state’s Water-Efficient Products and ENERGY STAR® sales tax holidays. Both take place Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28.

The Texas Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save about $10.7 million in state and local sales tax during the Memorial Day weekend sales tax holidays.

“As of May 1, more than 60 percent of the state was in abnormally dry or drought conditions — and anyone who’s lived through a Texas summer knows the strain triple-digit temperatures can put on power grids,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “These two holidays are a perfect time to save on state and local sales taxes while upgrading outdated water systems or inefficient appliances.”

This is the third year for the Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday. Products displaying a WaterSense® label or logo can be purchased tax-free for personal or business use. These include showerheads, bathroom sink faucets and accessories, toilets, urinals and landscape irrigation controls.

The sales tax holiday also applies to lawn and garden products that help conserve water outdoors. Items qualifying for the exemption include soaker or drip-irrigation hoses; moisture controls for a sprinkler or irrigation system; mulch; and plants, trees and grasses. These items can be purchased tax-free for residential use only.

There’s no limit to the number of water-efficient or water-conserving products you can purchase tax-free. For more information on the Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday, visit the Comptroller’s website or attend a pre-sales tax holiday kickoff event on May 23, when representatives from the Texas Water Smart Foundation will join Hegar at Home Depot, 1200 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Suite 100, Austin.

During the ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday, certain energy-efficient products displaying the ENERGY STAR logo can be purchased tax-free; these include air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less, refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less, ceiling fans, fluorescent light bulbs, dishwashers, dehumidifiers and clothes washing machines. Visit the Comptroller’s website for more ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday details.

Cook Children's Medical treated Six drowning patients this month, including one fatal

Posted May 18, 2018

child getting a swimming vest put on by an adult

Children should wear life vests with U.S. Coast Guard-approved labels.

So far in May, one child has died from drowning, while five others were seen at Cook Children’s Medical Center for near-drownings. The ages of the children ranged from 1 year to 9 years old. The drownings all occurred in pools.

“Unfortunately, we had a busy weekend with drownings and we aren’t even at Memorial Day,” said Sharon Evans, trauma injury prevention outreach coordinator at Cook Children’s.

Last year, eight kids were seen at Cook Children’s for drowning during the entire month of May; none was fatal.

As we head into the summer, Cook Children’s is once again urging parents to “Lifeguard Your Child.”

The focus is on parents never taking their eyes off their children while they are swimming, and that includes until they are safely in the house or car.

“We’ve seen many cases where children removed their life vests and jumped back in the water,” said Magdalena Santillan, trauma injury prevention specialist at Cook Children’s. “Often, parents are getting ready to leave the pool and don’t realize their kids have jumped back in.”

Corwin Warmink, medical director of emergency services at Cook Children’s, calls drowning a “preventable tragedy.” In nearly nine out of 10 child drowning-related deaths, the parent or caregiver said the child had been with them in the house or pool within five minutes of the accident.

“Children should never be in water without adults watching them,” Warmink said. “If you have a toddler, that child shouldn’t be in water without what we call touch supervision. You need to be in arm’s length, and it’s not just pools. That includes bathtubs or any other container with water. I’ve seen kids drown in buckets. A child can drown in any water, even a few inches deep. Supervision isn’t, ‘Hey there’s six of us cooking hamburgers and text messaging.’ It means there’s someone who has the designated job to watch the children in the water.”

Kids can’t afford anything less than 100 percent adult supervision at the pool at all times. That means not taking your eyes off of a child while he or she is in the water. For many of us, that starts with putting away perhaps the greatest competition for a grownup’s attention — their phone.

“We understand the need for a phone at the pool, in case of emergencies, but those phones need to be put away until you leave the swimming area,” said Dana Walraven, community health outreach manager at Cook Children’s and Safe Kids Tarrant County Coordinator. “Parents should only be spending time watching their kids and not on the phone.”

May 2018 .

Politically Incorrect Scripture

Jesus said of Himself: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me" (John 14:6).

Peter said of Jesus: "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).

"Politically incorrect"?  Most certainly!   Because Scripture is exclusive:  Jesus is the only way!  That's unacceptable to many, offensive to others.  It contradicts those who teach that there are many ways to God, and that one path is as good as another.  It also reveals the emptiness of the belief that being a good person is all that God requires; for such an approach relies on self, not on Him who is "the way".

Furthermore, to come to the Father "through" Christ requires obedience to His word, for there is salvation in no one else.  He, and He alone, "died for our sins once for all" (I Peter 3:18); only His blood can release us from our sins (Revelation 1:5).  Therefore, to find salvation through   Christ we must believe in Him (John 8:24; Mark 16:15-16), repent (Luke 13:1-5) and be baptized, i.e., immersed, in His name for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:38).


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New anti-panhandling program provides a better way to offer change

Folks in Fort Worth have big hearts, and whenever someone asks for a helping hand, we’re likely to give it to them. But when it comes to panhandling on city streets, handing over spare change is a bad idea.

Panhandling violates a Fort Worth city ordinance, encourages a transient way of life and negatively affects public safety and quality of life. In 2017, Fort Worth Police issued 691 citations for soliciting contributions in the street, 210 citations for aggressive panhandling in a prohibited area and 47 citations for soliciting donations.

A coalition of community partners — representing government, the business community and social service agencies — has a new solution. While many panhandling programs go after the panhandlers, this new program is about educating the people who give money. This will allow them to donate to a fund that will help those in need.

Residents who are willing to help can text FWCHANGE to 41444 and their donations will benefit the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition. The donated funds will help provide housing-related services such as application fees and security deposits; bus tickets; motel vouchers for families; and mattresses.

Community partners will work with businesses and organizations to help educate residents and visitors about the program. The city is asking residents and organizations to help spread the word about the new program. Information is free to download on the city’s website.

A community conference on homelessness is planned for
9 a.m.-noon June 30
at University Christian Church,
2720 S. University Drive.

Workshops will cover effective giving, how to get involved and housing opportunities. The goal is to educate the public and to redirect charitable efforts to be more effective.

Register for the conference.

To learn more, contact Tara Perez at 817-392-2235.

Fort Worth Fire Department honors top performers


Capt. Robert Webb


Robert Webb, a captain at Station 2, was named Firefighter of the Year at the Fort Worth Fire Department’s annual awards ceremony.

Other awards:

Station of the Year: Station 6.

Exceptional Service: Skyler Ainesworth, Cody Stilwell, Keith Wells, Wayne May, Wessley Rhea, Howard Porter, James Brunson.

Marshall Allen Comeback of the Year Award: Kevin Schronk.

Exceptional Service by a Section: Equipment Services (“The Shop”).

Distinguished Instructor Award: Mackey Hermosillo, Angel Padilla.

Excellence in Leadership Award: Adam Hughes.

Distinguished Career Award: Chip Smith.

Special Ops Company of the Year: Hurricane Harvey Strike Team 198.

Distinguished Humanitarian Award: Glen Scarbrough.

Company of the Year: Station E31 A shift (Aaron Griffin, David Veselka, Adrian Alcantar, Adam Sherlock).

Chiefs Coin Awards: Administration, Doug Zedler; Educational Service, Dee Smith; Executive Service, Thad Raven; Operations, JW Lanham.

Volunteer of the Year: Darlene McClearen.

Civilian of the Year: Jeff Morris.

Medal of Valor: Michael Flores.

Breakfast Optimist Club

Eastside Elementary Students, Teachers and Principals Recognized During Annual Optimist Club
Youth Appreciation Dinner

We had a great turnout for the annual Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth Youth Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, May 10. Three FWISD elementary schools from District 2 and three from District 3 were represented, in addition to Westpark E.S. (Principal Hill is an Optimist Club member and a former E. Handley principal) and St. Rita's Catholic School. Principals from each school and some staff attended despite how crazy busy this week has been for everyone.

I wish I had taken a video, because some of the students were so eloquent and downright funny during their interviews with Judge Rodgers.

Fourth and fifth grade students from eight east side schools were recognized on May 10 during the annual Youth Appreciation dinner hosted by the Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth. The event was held at the Meadowbrook United Methodist Church for the students, families, favorite teachers and principals.

After being introduced by their principals or teachers describing why they were chosen based on their attitudes, aptitudes and optimism, students were interviewed by past Optimist International President and current Fort Worth Municipal Court Chief Judge Danny Rodgers.

One by one, he asked the students to describe their favorite subject, favorite book, what character they would play in the book, favorite and least favorite words, and where they would have dinner anywhere in the world (top choice for the last question was Paris, France, followed by the more practical Red Lobster).

Students received framed certificates and gift cards at the close of the event. Students recognized by their schools include Diego Resendiz, Sagamore Hill; April Vazquez Rocha, East Handley; Soriya Phuen, Lowery Road, Rachael Joseph, West Handley; Angelina Rodriguez, Meadowbrook; Lyn'dell McCurin, Eastern Hills; Gabby Howell, Westpark; and Kalilah Goynes, St. Rita Catholic School.

Photos by Lloyd Jones

Trees Destryoed by DR Horton

Eastside residents are still furious with DR Hornton developers for deliberately destroying mature trees for thier new development, going against the plans they submitted, and against the city tree ordinance.

Judy Taylor sent this to us from Gyna Bivens, District 5.


This is the information I have for now I am hoping for more, who knows. Build us a great presentation to the community, council votes in August for the Bond money that would provide for persons to protect our TREES. Get people excited to join us to speak for the trees that provide the oxygen we must have for life.

It is your love of this city that keeps you rolling.

I believe it is important that desires of the citizens be heard in a timely fashion.

This is the precise time that city staffers are building the budget that will be voted on in August.   Some of the things we want to have in place to protect trees will cost money.  That is why I hope people will actually drive to City Hall and share their ideas about how we can prevent what happened to the trees never happens again. Please feel free to share these points that are gaining traction:

1.   We want no more closed door deals made with violators.  We respect the right that staff should be allowed to negotiate talks should be published so that the public can attend if they so choose.   City staff members are intelligent, but it is amazing what can happen if the people are allowed to weigh in on these discussions.  The time for citizens to have their say is DURING the discussions---not  afterwards.

2. All applications for development must be put on the city’s website.  That at least gives citizens a heads up that development is coming.

3. The 2-person inspection team must be increased because it is imperative that in-person tree inventory must be done by staff or city trained volunteers.   Some cities and counties are using   drones to help in inspection related tasks.    We want to see STAFF handing this visual inspections---not the developers.  Telling citizens to help report suspected violations is not good enough.  The DR Horton problem had been reported, but the trees are still gone.   There are no rapid response teams to go after tree clearing violators.    That’s why increasing the 2 person inspection team is important. 4.  Let us consider offering incentives to developers who are good stewards of preserving our trees with creative innovative plans.

  Gyna M. Bivens, President & Executive Director

North Texas Leaders & Executives Advocating Diversity .  817.352.1675

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