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Hearings Scheduled for City Tax Rate Proposed Rate Increase

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A tax rate of $0.80690 per $100 valuation has been proposed for adoption by the governing body of the City of 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 Orange, Texas proposes to use revenue attributable to the tax rate increase for the purpose of personnel costs, equipment replacement, capital projects and service improvements.

Citizens are encouraged to attend and express their views at the following public hearings on the proposed tax rate:

First Hearing: August 27, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at Orange Public Library Auditorium (Council Chambers).

Second Hearing: September 10, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. at Orange Public Library Auditorium (Council Chambers).

New Orange City Hall Open for Business Beginning Aug. 19

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Orange City Hall will relocate its offices to its newest location on 16th Street beginning next week. Offices moving will include City Manager, City Secretary, Economic Development, Finance, Customer Service, Personnel, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

All city business will resume at the new location beginning Monday, August 19, 2019.

Orange City Hall will be located at 812 N. 16th Street; Orange, Texas 77630. All phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.

For additional information, please contact Orange City Hall at 409-883-1081.

City Boat Ramp Closing for Rumble on River Event

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City Boat Ramp Closing for Rumble on River Event

The City of Orange Boat Ramp will be closed from 6 A.M. Thursday, August 15, to 8 P.M. Sunday, August 18, due to the Rumble on the River jet ski races.

This event will be held Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18, at the City of Orange Boat Ramp beginning at 10 A.M. each day. There will be no charge to attend this family-friendly event.

For additional information, please contact the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau at 409.883.1011 or 409.883.1010. Or, message them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/orangecvb/ or visit their website, http://www.orangetexas.org

Mike Kunst Selected as New City Manager

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Mike Kunst Selected as New City Manager

The Orange City Council is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Mike Kunst as the next City Manager. Mike Kunst comes from the City of Vidor where he has served as City Manager for the past six and a half years.

Kunst is from Orange County and is a Vidor High School graduate. He holds two degrees from Lamar University, a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in public administration.

Mayor Larry Spears, Jr. stated, “On behalf of the City of Orange, Council, and staff, I wish to congratulate and welcome Mr. Kunst to his new assignment as City Manager. I look forward to working with him in continuing to push this community forward while most importantly keeping God first in all that we do. This is only the beginning and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for this community!”

A report date for newly appointed City Manager, Mike Kunst will be confirmed soon.

2019-2020 Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund Open for Applications

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2019-2020 Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund Open for Applications

The Orange County Hotel/Motel Tax Committee has released applications for non-profit entities within Orange County to apply for a portion of the county’s hotel/motel tax funds. Any 501(C) organization in Orange County that attracts visitors to Orange County Texas can make an application to the committee. There are a number of restrictions by state law as to how the funds can be utilized. Funds must be used in a manner that encourages overnight visitors to Orange County, AND expenditures must fall within one of the following categories.

  • Convention Centers and Visitor Information Centers
  • Registration of Convention Delegates
  • Advertising, Solicitations and Promotions that Directly Promote Tourism and the Hotel and Convention Industry
  • Promotions of the Arts that Directly Promote Tourism and the Hotel and Convention Industry
  • Historical Restoration and Preservation Activities that Directly Promote Tourism and the Hotel and Convention Industry
  • Sporting Event Expenses that Substantially Increase Economic Activity at Hotels
  • Certain Portions of Sporting Facilities
  • Shuttle Services for Convention Activities

The application and guidelines are available on the Orange County Economic Development Corporation’s website. Applications will be accepted through September 9, 2019, at 5:00 pm. Applied funds must be for activities occurring October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020.

The Hotel/Motel Tax Committee will review the applications and hold a public hearing in October. An open meetings notification will be published. Those submitting applications will be notified directly. The committee will make recommendations to the Orange County Commissioner’s Court for the expenditure of the funds, which will be disbursed through a post-event reimbursement evaluation once all supporting documentation has been received.

Applications may be submitted via email to jhill@orangecountyedc.com or delivered by mail or in-person to 123 S. 6th Street, Orange, Texas 77630, Attention: Jessica Hill.

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