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City Commission delays approval of EISD Bond

Commissioners vote on annexations after bond issue tabled
The Ennis City Commission tabled a resolution Monday in support of the Ennis Independent School District 2008 Bond Proposal due to some wording issues in the resolution, according to City Attorney Toby Mash.
The bond is in the amount of $48.9 million to be used to construct a new Sixth Grade Center and Early Childhood Center. If passed school taxes would rise 8 cents per $100 of property valuation. Homeowners would pay an additional $71 per year, or $1.36 per week, on a home with the EISD average taxable value of $88,860.
Citizens 65 and older who have their homestead taxes frozen will not see an increase in their school tax bill as a result of the bond package.
The Commission did take action on and approve two annexations of 495.8 acres and 28.27 acres. The first annexation, of 495.8 acres of land, is part of the C.S. Holmead Survey, the A. Steele Survey, the H. L. Rankin Survey and the W. H. Ewing Survey and is located on the east side of S. I-45, south of FM 3413 to the Hwy. 287 Bypass.
The second annexation, of 28.27 acres, is in part of the C.S. Holmead Survey and located on the southwest corner of the intersection of S. I-45 and the Hwy. 287 Bypass.
This was the second reading and fourth and final public hearing for the two annexations.
Also receiving a second reading was an industrial tax abatement of 66.67 percent for Polyguard Products, Inc. The tax abatement’s total estimated value of taxable investment would be $2.4 million, according to City Manager Steve Howerton. Howerton also said a change had been made to the abatement due to an incorrect second reading date listed. It had been amended and the Commission approved the tax abatement.
Polyguard Products, located at 4101 S. I-45, has received previous tax abatements from Ennis in 1990, 1998 and 2005. In the company’s tax abatement application it stated 15 new employees would be added and the property improvements to be made include finishing out and upgrading the interior of the building and adding laminating, mixing and sitting equipment.
Mayor Russell Thomas and Commissioner Lola Searcy were absent from the meeting.
Commissioner Stephen Durbin announced at the end of the meeting that this would be his final act as commissioner. He said he had enjoyed working with his fellow commissioners for the past eight years.
“It’s been very much my pleasure,” Durbin said.
The City Commission meets every other Monday at 7 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers at City Hal.
The meeting is open to the public.

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