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Quitman gains added housing


Quitman’s inventory of available homes is expected to grow significantly with four new housing projects on the horizon.

Quitman Development Corp. announced the four new projects at its April 15 board meeting. Projects are each in various stages of development, according to Denea Hudman, QDC executive director. Dirt work, engineering studies and permit and zoning processes are ongoing in each.

Sales tax receipts continue upswing


The City of Quitman has seen a 7.43 percent increase in sales tax revenue compared to this time last year, according to the State Comptroller’s Office.

At this period last year, city sales tax revenue stood at $226,516, while 2019 is pegged at $243,348. So far, April 2019, which reflects taxes collected in February, shows the greatest boost of sales tax dollars with an 18.76 percent increase.

According to city records, Quitman sales tax funds have been increasing since 2011.

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City sells first two tax delinquent properties


With the council’s unanimous vote of approval Monday, the city of Mineola saw an initiative begun last year on tax delinquent properties finally bear fruit.

Aldermen and alderwomen accepted a bid of $5,000 for a piece of property at 412 Freeman St. as well as a bid for $3,500 for a corner lot at Lowe Street and Simonek Road. The action will place the properties in the hands of new owners and return them to the tax roll for not only the city, but the county and school district as well.

Mineola council seeks to slow traffic near Iron Horse Square


Concerned that an upswing of pedestrian traffic near Iron Horse Park contributes to an unsafe situation along Front Street, the Mineola City Council on Monday resolved unanimously to create an ordinance designed to slow traffic and alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians.

The action stems from a request made by the Landmark Commission to lower the speed limit along Front Street (between Johnson and Stone) to 20 mph.