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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 21, 2016

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–The Kaufman County Commissioners adopted the 2017 fiscal year county budget, 3-2, Monday with commissioners Jimmy Vrzalik and Ken Schoen opposed. Precinct 1 Commissioner Vrzalik described the reset salaries, expenses and other allowances of all elected county and precinct offices as “vastly unfair. No way the citizens of Kaufman County should support this,” he said.
The general fund totals $39,317,896, that’s a little more than $2,000,000 more than last year, reflective of $600 pay raises to all elected officials, along with allowances for cell phone expenses, use of personal car for justices of the peace; and longevity pay, most less than $100. Three noted exceptions are County Judge of $2,457.12, and $1,736 for Precincts 3 and 4 Justices of the Peace.
With a 97 percent tax collection rate, the county estimates collecting $31,245,704. Additional revenues from fees, sales tax on mixed drinks sales, interest, and other revenues, such as a federal contract to house prisoners adds another $8.8M.
The commissioners adopted a tax rate of 58.87 cents per $100 of taxable property value, which is estimated to raise $4,530,386.44, an increase of 10.81 percent of which $1,136,938.41 comes from new property added to the tax roll this year. The tax rate reflects a 2.18 percent increase over last year’s rate. Within that rate structure the portion set aside for road and bridge funding increased from 8.67 cents per $100 to 9.20 cents.
The sole person addressing the commissioners during the last public hearing on the budget came from Precinct 3 Constable Keith Stephens, who opposed losing funding for a part-time position that would impact the office’s work load of serving 538 papers so far this year. Earlier, Stephens had resisted aiding the tax office in Terrell in making daily bank deposit runs on its behalf. Precincts 1 and 2 constables said they would do it, so commissioners split a $20,000 funding for the part-time position between the two willing constable offices to make the deposits in Precinct 3, Judge Wood explained to The Monitor.
In other business, commissioners:
• changed the personnel handbook regarding the rehire of former retired employees to stipulate a minimum of three calendar months since retiring before rehiring.
• reappointed Randy Richards as Kaufman County Fire Marshal
• approved the purchase of issued handguns at 50 percent fair market value to retiring officers Keith Ramsey and Tim Spillman for $218.33.
• adopted the County Clerk’s Records Archive Plan of charging a $10 fee until 2019 for the recording of documents.
• approved a memorandum of understanding with North Central Texas Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging, where the county contributes $13,000 and gets back $300,000 worth of services. “Seems a pretty good deal for the citizens of Kaufman County,” Precinct 2 Commissioner Ken Schoen said.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 21, 2016

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By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
CANTON–The Mabank varsity boys cross country team finished fourth in a field of 12 teams at the Canton Invitational Sept. 17 in Canton. Joining Mabank was the Kemp Yellowjackets, where junior varsity runner Alex Wilson finished second overall in the junior circuit.
The Panthers finished the boys’ varsity race with 125 points, behind Kaufman (35 points), Canton (70 points) and Bishop Gorman (98 points).
Kaleb Allen set the pace for the Mabank boys with a 14th place finish (18:19.15). The rest of the team followed about a minute behind as Tim Beall (27th, 19:01.39) and Raul Flores (28th, 19:01.82) finished the race in step with each other. Konner Kemp (32nd, 19:08.29) and Aaron Wilson (33rd, 19:11.23) crossed the finish line just seconds later. Tanner Henderson rounded out the Mabank roster (37th, 19:31.43).
Hector Hernandez was the lone competitor from the Kemp Yellowjacket squad (34th, 19:16.16).
The Girls varsity team wasn’t as successful, coming in at 11th place with 285 points, though they were able to field a complete roster to race as a team. Fairfield won the girls meet (53 points), followed by Kaufman (58 points) and Canton (69 points).
Carly Usery held the fastest time for the Mabank girls, finishing 35th with a time of 14:41.40. The rest of the Lady Panthers were Meagan Mueller (61st, 16:07.22), Kaylee Boren (65th, 16:18.81), Jennifer Waters (78th, 17:32.43), Skylette Wolfe (82nd, 18:23.30) and Ashley Tupper (83rd, 18:27.17).
Three Lady ’Jackets also competed in the race. Kenzee King (40th, 14:53.94), Evelyn Mireles (63rd, 16:15.48) and Lilia Fonseca (72nd, 16:32.45) represented Kemp.
Perhaps the brightest spot for the local teams belonged to Kemp junior varsity runner Alex Wilson, who finished second in the junior varsity boys race with a time of 19:14.74.
The Mabank boy’s JV team finished in second place (80 points) behind Kaufman (20 points). Kemp finished sixth with 126 points.
Other individual JV boys finishes for Mabank include Jacob Johnson (8th, 19:49.65), Covey Martin (13th, 20:35.09), Reid Wise (21st, 21:22.69), Jadin Smith (30th, 21:59.66), Angel Martinez (33rd, 22:24.55), Josh Davidson (37th, 22:58.05) and Brenson Dennie (65th, 25:52.27).
Other individual JV boy’s runners for Kemp include Luis Soto (11th, 20:17.74), Garrett Clark (57th, 24:35.08), Dakota McRoy (62nd, 25:10.95), Hunter Cook (74th, 29:34.50) and Eric Soto (75th, 30:17.41).
The Kemp JV girls team finished fourth (99 points) behind Kaufman (33 points), Fairfield (49 points) and Bishop Gorman (57 points). Mabank did not field a girl’s JV team.
Kemp JV girls competitors were Jodan Cox (5th, 14:55.28), Cristal Fonseca (22nd, 16:29.45), Emily January (28th, 16:53.23), Deisy Soto-Galindo (31st, 17:10.62), Gracie Garner (36th, 17:46.16) and Jaylin Contreras (47th, 18:59.42).

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 21, 2016

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Howard “Smokey” Lynn Goth, age 70, a Gun Barrel City resident, was born on May 10, 1946 to Eldon G, and Rachel (Shinnemen) Goth at Middleton, Wis. and passed away on Sept. 3, 2016 in Coalgate, Okla.
He received an Associate’s Degree. Smokey worked in concrete construction for residential building. He was of the Baptist faith. Smokey enjoyed welding, coaching soccer, motorcycles (especially Harleys), spending time with his daughter and grandchildren.
Smokey was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Rachel (Shinnemen) Goth, sisters Patty Goth, Teona Goth, brother David Goth and infant son James Goth.
Smokey is survived by his daughter Rachel Goth and fiancé Whitney Pepper of Lehigh, Okla., brother Michael Goth and wife Bonnie of Cottage Grove, Wis., grandsons Sterling James Pepper and Heagyn Reese Pepper of Lehigh, Okla., granddaughter Delilah Ann Pepper of Lehigh, Okla., along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear and loved friends.