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Mike Kunst Starts as New Orange City Manager

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Mike Kunst Starts as New Orange City Manager

The City of Orange welcomes Mike Kunst as the new city manager. Mike’s first day was October 1, 2019. He comes to Orange after serving as the city manager of the City of Vidor since March 2013. A lifelong resident of Orange County, Mike earned a Master’s of Public Administration from Lamar University. While serving with the Texas Army National Guard, he was deployed twice to Iraq. He and his wife Jill are looking forward to moving to Orange and becoming a part of the community.

 

IRS Announces Tax Relief for Texas Victims of Tropical Storm Imelda

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IRS Announces Tax Relief for Texas Victims of Tropical Storm Imelda

Victims of Tropical Storm Imelda that took place from Sept. 17-23, 2019 in Texas may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service.

The President has declared that a major disaster occurred in several Texas counties Following the recent disaster declaration for individual assistance issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the IRS announced today that individuals who reside or have a business in Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, and Orange counties may qualify for tax relief.

The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after Sept. 17, 2019, and before Jan. 31, 2020 are granted additional time to file through Jan. 31, 2020. This includes taxpayers who had an extension to file their 2018 return to October 15, 2019.

In addition, penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after Sept. 17, 2019, and before Oct. 2, 2019, will be abated as long as the deposits were made by Oct. 2, 2019.

If an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date that falls within the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS abate the penalty.

The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies automatic filing and payment relief. But affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.

The full details can be viewed here.

Fire Prevention Open House Scheduled

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Join the fun on Tuesday, October 8 from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the City of Orange Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Open House. This event will be held at Central Fire Station, located at 501 N. 7th Street; Orange, TX 77630. The community can enjoy fire station tours, a children’s agility course, free hotdogs and drinks, face painting, crafts, and much more!

For additional information, please contact the City of Orange Fire Department at 409.883.1050.

 

Orange County Drainage District Sets Imelda Drainage Meeting

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Orange County Drainage District Sets Imelda Drainage Meeting

A meeting will be held on Monday, October 21, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Orangefield Junior High School Cafeteria located at 10058 FM 105 in Orangefield for members of the south and central portions of Orange County. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss drainage and Tropical Storm Imelda. Members of the Orange County Drainage District, as well as members of other public entities, will be present to provide information and to receive information and concerns from residents.

This particular meeting will focus on the south and central portions of Orange County (the general areas of Orangefield, Bessie Heights, and areas along the lower and central segments of Cow Bayou and Adams Bayou). All persons are invited to attend. However, the Drainage District is also scheduling similar meetings for other areas within Orange County, so that members of the community in other areas affected by Tropical Storm Imelda have an opportunity to participate in a meeting that focuses on their particular area.

Please contact the Orange County Drainage District with any questions concerning this meeting at 409-745-3225.

Tropical Depression Imelda Warnings

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Tropical Depression Imelda Warnings

The City of Orange Office of Emergency Management is closely monitoring Tropical Depression Imelda. According to the National Weather Service – Lake Charles, our region could see an additional 4 to 10 inches of rain through Thursday and is at risk for flash flooding. Be alert for flooded roads during periods of heavy rain, especially at night.

As a precaution, Orange County will have sandbags available at the following locations:

  • Precinct 1: Maintenance barn located on North Hwy 87 at North Teal
  • Precinct 2: 11897 State Hwy 62 in Mauriceville directly across from Market Basket on Hwy 62
  • Precinct 3: County Maintenance barn located on 2502 West Roundbunch Road
  • Precinct 4: County Maintenance barn located on 375 Claiborne Street

Pay close attention to the news media and official social media outlets for current information.

Additional information will be posted as needed to Orange Texas Gov and www.orangetexas.net.

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