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MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
Were you aware that Texas has over 1,000 ghost towns? They dot our vast landscape as abandoned homes, shuttered businesses and
weed-strewn landscapes. What you may not know is that some of these towns aren’t empty at all - they simply didn’t grow, or
perhaps grew in the wrong direction. For example, the city of Impact, TX (pop 39 in 2010) made an effort to expand but could
not compete with other nearby urban areas leaving it to claim the title of one of the smallest incorporated cities in Texas.
DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH
Distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. The latest statistics show motor vehicle fatalities are up 6%
from 2015. More than 40,000 people were killed on our nation's roadways last year, and distracted driving is a major contributor.
EMERGENCY PREPARATION SUPPLIES SALES TAX HOLIDAY! APRIL 28-30
You can purchase certain emergency preparation supplies tax free during the 2018 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday.
There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase, and you do not need to issue an exemption certificate to claim
the exemption. This year’s holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 30.
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